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    oneself Quotes

    With an open mind, seek and listen to all the highest ideals. Consider the most enlightened thoughts. Then choose your path, person by person, each for oneself.
    — Zoroaster
    tags: people  thoughts  oneself  mind  path 
    Those who like tranquility and dislike clamor tend to avoid people to seek quietude. They do not know that when one wishes there were no one around, that is egotism; and when the mind is attached to quietude, that is the root of disturbance. How can they reach the state where others and oneself are seen as one, where disturbance and quietude are both forgotten.
    — Zicheng Hong
    tags: people  oneself  wishes  mind 
    To examine oneself makes good use of sight.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: oneself 
    Acting alone in a world that's alive in political stirring is to condemn oneself to isolation and probably protracted warfare of the kind that can be dissipating.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Foreign policy should not be justified through making oneself feel good, but through results that have tangible consequences.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Where there is a will there is a way. Have faith in oneself and productivity will follow. nothing can stop you once you realize what it is you are trying to do. there will always be a way, given the right amount of time one can do anything. Never hesitate to do what it takes.
    — Zac Brown
    tags: time  oneself  right  faith 
    To engage in a battle, one must know oneself, believe in oneself, and overcome one's own obstacle
    — Yuu Watase
    tags: believe  oneself  battle 
    To consider oneself different from ordinary men is wrong, but it is right to hope that one will not remain like ordinary men.
    — Yoshida Shoin
    tags: men  oneself  right  wrong  hope 
    But loneliness is as delusive a belief in the pertinence of the world as is love: in choosing to feel lonely, as in choosing to love, one carves a space next to oneself to be filled by others - a friend, a lover, a toy poodle, a violinist on the radio.
    — Yiyun Li
    Envy is an insult to oneself.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    tags: oneself  envy  insult 
    Transformation always and necessarily calls for a transformation of oneself and one's environment. But I don't see that happening. People are stuck with their own positions that never change.
    — Yasuhiko Kimura
    One who has self-esteem esteems oneself because one knows the value of one's being as a singular yet universal expression of the highest value in the Kosmos-the Universal Self, also known as God, Kami, or Brahma, or by many other names.
    — Yasuhiko Kimura
    tags: self  oneself  value  god 
    When one is true to oneself, when one is authentic, one becomes true to the evolutionary thrust for self-optimization that exists within oneself and within the universe. And that evolutionary thrust is a continuous unfolding process.
    — Yasuhiko Kimura
    For the taking of revenge, a man locks himself up alone and thinks. His stomach must be empty for his head to be full. Vengeance comes a little from the heart and a lot from the mind; one must take oneself apart from the noise of men and of things, even from what resembles them; only the voices of bells and of thunder are allowed. Let the room in which you meditate be dark, narrow and warm.
    — Xavier Forneret
    tags: men  heart  dark  alone  oneself  revenge 
    One must not make oneself cheap here - that is a cardinal point - or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.
    — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    tags: chance  oneself 
    A good name is seldom got by giving it oneself.
    — William Wycherley
    tags: oneself  giving 
    Philosophy means thinking things out for oneself. Ultimately, there can be only one true philosophy, since reason is one and we all live in the same world.
    — William Ralph Inge
    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 
    An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself.
    — William Golding
    tags: conscious  oneself 
    Self-confidence without self-reliance is as useless as a cooking recipe without food. Self-confidence sees the possibilities of the individual; self-reliance realizes them. Self-confidence sees the angel in the unhewn block of marble; self-reliance carves it out for oneself.
    — William George Jordan
    Life involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis.
    — William Empson
    tags: oneself 
    To write honestly and with conviction anything about the migration of birds, one should oneself have migrated. Somehow or other we should dehumanize ourselves, feel the feel of feathers on our body and wind in our wings, and finally know what it is to leave abundance and safety and daylight and yield to a compelling instinct, age-old, seeming at the time quite devoid of reason and object.
    — William Beebe
    Dignity is the reward of holding oneself accountable to conscience.
    — Wes Fesler
    To hate is to deprive oneself of energy better spent on worthwhile endeavors.
    — Wes Fesler
    tags: hate  oneself  energy 
    We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness. True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One's inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one's most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more fully one enters into the communion of all creatures.
    — Wendell Berry
    He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: oneself  instinct 
    Empowerment is the inner joy of knowing that external force isn't necessary to be at harmony with oneself.
    — Wayne Dyer
    One gains by losing self for others and not by hoarding for oneself.
    — Watchman Nee
    tags: self  oneself 
    Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity. It's a battle against oneself.
    — Walter Bonatti
    tags: law  oneself  battle 
    To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
    — Walter Benjamin
    tags: oneself 
    Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
    — Walter Benjamin
    Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance - nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city - as one loses oneself in a forest - that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest.
    — Walter Benjamin
    A play presents a self-enclosed little world for the audience to examine. It's an opportunity to look objectively at a group of people, to assess them, to react to them, and to measure oneself against them, to ask 'Am I like that?'
    — Wallace Shawn
    Your discovery, as best as I can determine, is that there is an alternative which no one has hit upon. It is that one finding oneself in one of life's critical situations need not after all respond in one of the traditional ways. No. One may simply default. Pass. Do as one pleases, shrug, turn on one's heel and leave. Exit. Why after all need one act humanly?
    — Walker Percy
    tags: oneself  discovery 
    I had discovered that a person does not have to be this or be that or be anything, not even oneself. One is free.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: people  oneself 
    Concerning all acts of iniative and creation, there is one elementary truth- that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.
    — W. H. Murray
    tags: creation  oneself  moment 
    All good art is in the nature of a letter written to amuse a sick friend. Too much art, particularly in our time, is only a letter written to oneself.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: time  nature  friends  oneself 
    The most difficult problem in personal knowledge, whether of oneself or of others, is the problem of guessing when to think as a historian and when to think as an anthropologist.
    — W. H. Auden
    To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: oneself  attention  pray 
    The seasons and the years came and went...and always...one was, as the crow flies, about 2,000 km away - but from where? - and day by day hour by hour, with every beat of the pulse, one lost more and more of one's qualities, became less comprehensible to oneself, increasingly abstract.
    — W. G. Sebald
    tags: oneself  lost  quality  year 
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