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    identity Quotes

    There is less pressure on abandoning native communities: what for? There is nothing to be gained by it. On one hand, there are plenty tempting opportunities of experimenting with identities - being one kind of person today and a different the next day. On the other hand, there is little pressure to include the ethnic identity or religious identity into this mechanism, because now everybody is in a kind of Diaspora today.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.
    — Zuheir Mohsen
    I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line.
    — Ziggy Marley
    Friends serve central functions for children that parents do not, and they play a critical role in shaping children's social skills and their sense of identity. . . . The difference between a child with close friendships and a child who wants to make friends but is unable to can be the difference between a child who is happy and a child who is distressed in one large area of life.
    — Zick Rubin
    I have multiple identities. I'm British. I'm Pakistani. I'm a Muslim. I'm a writer. I'm a father. And each identity has rich overtones. So I must be careful to look at your identity, and that of others, in the same way.
    — Ziauddin Sardar
    tags: identity  father 
    Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.
    — Zeena Schreck
    tags: animals  identity  ego 
    I was confident about America and the idea that in America people can become American without masking their ethnic identity.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    I think the next 50 years are going to present the human race with challenges that so far exceed the limitations of geopolitical boundaries or nationalist identity. We're going to be up against challenges that we can barely fathom at this point. So how we embrace them and deal with them will define a great many things about where we go, but, you know, it's hard to say. We're teetering on the edge, I would say.
    — Zachary Quinto
    I was originally set to star in 'The Bourne Identity,' but I found it too difficult to even pretend to forget who I was.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: identity  star 
    By practice and conviction formed, With ancient stubbornness ingrained, Although her body clung and swarmed, My own identity remained.
    — Yvor Winters
    tags: identity  body 
    I want to investigate different cultures, to see how their identities and values affect their music. It's one way I can get to know our world, at least to a certain depth.
    — Yo-Yo Ma
    tags: world  culture  identity  value  music 
    The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.
    — Yasser Arafat
    tags: men  people  identity  conflict 
    I try to find the core values that are so fundamental that they transcend ethnic identity. That doesn't mean I run from it. I embrace African-American culture and I love it and embrace it, but it is a part of a human identity. So I'm always trying to make a larger human statement.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    Flexibility is an essential part of Jazz. It's what gives Jazz music the ability to combine with all other types of music and not lose its identity.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: identity  music 
    It's like we're suffering from an identity crisis, and that identity is in our arts and the fact that we don't find it chief amongst our agendas to teach our kids who we are as a nation and the battles we've had on this ground and how they've been successfully resolved. We can't enjoy the fruits of the labor of our ancestors.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    As a global citizen, I sometimes feel like denying my identity.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: identity 
    Believe in your own identity and your own opinions. Proceed with confidence, generating it, if necessary, by pure willpower. Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it. Use its energy to keep yourself going.
    — William Zinsser
    Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    Women, in general, will find it difficult to turn from a man and stop demanding that he meets their needs, provides security, and protects their identity, and return to me. Men, in general, find it very hard to turn from the works of their hands, their own quests for power and security and significance, and turn to me.
    — William P. Young
    tags: men  work  women  power  identity 
    Responsibilites and expectations are the basis of guilt and shame and judgement, and they provide the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.
    — William P. Young
    Disconnect your identity from what you produce, and that's a hard thing for us because we think of our significance, worth and value based on what we do instead of who we are.
    — William P. Young
    tags: identity  value  worth 
    Why would one's identity be a matter of feelings? I think that that's a misuse of terms, philosophically. Identity is mind independent. It's something that is objective, regardless of how you feel. So, the term gender identity seems to me to be something of an oxymoron. It's not really about one's identity. It's rather a matter of one's self-perception or one's feelings about oneself.
    — William Lane Craig
    tags: identity  oneself  gender  mind 
    The relation of photography and language is a principal site of struggle for value and power in contemporary representations of reality; it is the place where images and words find and lose their conscience, their aesthetic and ethical identity.
    — William J. Mitchell
    These dilemmas present perhaps the most enduring conundrum of human history: can people derive their identity primarily by positive association or does life's meaning also require negative comparison to others?
    — William J. Clinton
    My major political identity has been as her spouse for the last decade and I like it that way.
    — William J. Clinton
    Efficiency obliterates identity
    — William Greider
    tags: identity 
    One's worth and self-regard ought to come from individual competitive performance, not from group identity. Pride based on clan or tribal connections is atavistic. It appeals to people who fear they cannot succeed as individuals, and by diverting their energies it all but ensures they will not succeed as individuals.
    — William A. Henry III
    tags: fear  people  identity  energy  pride  worth 
    English general and singular terms, identity, quantification, and the whole bag of ontological tricks may be correlated with elements of the native language in any of various mutually incompatible ways, each compatible with all possible linguistic data, and none preferable to another save as favored by a rationalization of the native language that is simple and natural to us.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: language  identity 
    If I'm working on a set of songs, and thinking about putting them together in a collection, I start to think about what they have in common. Either on purpose or without meaning to, I shape them all in the same kind of way, because I'd rather the album feel like a galaxy of things that all have to do with each other. I do that with sonic elements, too - it's a matter of each record having its own specific identity.
    — Will Sheff
    Here we meet, on the page, naked and unadorned: shorn of class, race, gender, sexual identity, age and nationality.
    — Will Self
    tags: identity  age  gender  sexual  race 
    What does it mean to be an American today? The question of that is always pointing at now. It allows someone to say what lens that will be through. A lot of my work has been about identity in different ways. Part of that for me falls into the question of gender identity certainly but also about what it means to be an American theater artist.
    — Will Davis
    Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity.
    — Wilfred Burchett
    tags: identity  right 
    Things every person should have: "¢A nemesis. "¢An evil twin. "¢A secret headquarters. "¢An escape hatch. "¢A partner in crime. "¢A secret identity.
    — Wil Wheaton
    tags: crimes  evil  secret  people  identity 
    A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another's face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support.
    — Wentworth Miller
    The backstory to anyone of mixed race is a lifetime spent being incorrectly perceived and choosing either to allow that misperception to continue or to correct it, so I am aware of identity and race as being much more fluid, I think, than someone who is "purely" one thing or the other. And acting does challenge me to address those particular issues.
    — Wentworth Miller
    tags: identity  challenge  race 
    The trick. . .is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.
    — Wendy Wasserstein
    What is your trouble? Mistaken identity.
    — Wei Wu Wei
    tags: identity 
    If you're trying to forge bonds on something other than kinship, and forge a tribal identity on something other than relatedness, conformity is a good way to do it. And if you're wealthy, you can do it with a very expensive It bag, or whether it's Vuitton or Valentino at the moment, and it's a way to signal to one another, We're part of this tribe.
    — Wednesday Martin
    tags: identity  moment 
    How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame - from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave - while provoking others to try to make their mark? A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?
    — Wayne LaPierre
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