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    All my life I have been passionately interested in monomaniacs of any kind, people carried away by a single idea. The more one limits oneself, the closer one is to the infinite; these people, as unworldly as they seem, burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strange and utterly individual image of the world.
    — Stefan Zweig
    One only makes books in order to keep in touch with one's fellows after one has ceased to breath, and thus to defend oneself against the inexorable fate of all that lives - transitoriness and oblivion.
    — Stefan Zweig
    tags: fate  live  oneself  book 
     
    Life demands honesty, the ability to face, admit, and express oneself.
    — Starhawk
    tags: honesty  oneself 
     
    What is a memory? Not a storehouse, not a trunk in the attic, but an instrument that constantly refines the past into a narrative, accessible and acceptable to oneself.
    — Stanley Kauffmann
    tags: past  oneself 
     
    An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type.
    — Stanislav Grof
    If I'm not happy with how someone is showing up, I can only be honest and hope that my feelings resonate and inspire a deeper look into oneself.
    — Stacy Keibler
    tags: oneself  hope  inspire 
     
    Human rights means protecting another's freedom, seeing that the other person is also like oneself. Human rights is giving others security, letting them live.
    — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    When you sit quiet and watch yourself, many things may come to the surface. Do nothing about them, don't react to them. As they have come, so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness, total awareness of oneself, or rather, of one's mind.
    — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    Being oneself is completely beyond all motivation. You cannot be yourself for some reason. You are yourself, and no reason is needed.
    — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    tags: oneself 
     
    The personal needs a base, a body to identify oneself with, just as a colour needs a surface to appear on.
    — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    tags: personal  oneself  body 
     
    Whether we meditate individually or collectively, there is one thing we absolutely must do: we have to meditate consciously. Making an unconscious effort is like forcing oneself to play football in spite of one's utmost unwillingness. One plays, but gets no joy. Conscious effort is like playing football most willingly. One gets real joy. Similarly, conscious meditation gives us inner Delight from the soul.
    — Sri Chinmoy
    To be true to oneself is the hardest test of life.
    — Sri Chinmoy
    tags: oneself  true 
     
    First of all, let us try to know what love is. If love means to possess someone or something, then that is not real love, not pure love. If loves means to give oneself, to become one with everything and everyone, then that is real love. Real love is total oneness with the object loved and with the Possessor of love.
    — Sri Chinmoy
    tags: oneself  real 
     
    Each victory gained over oneself means new strength to gain more victories.
    — Sri Aurobindo
    One has to do sadhana for the total manifestation of the Divine in oneself.
    — Sri Aurobindo
    Men and women are so alike that a woman must make an intellectual effort to differentiate herself. As soon as one understands who one is, one can disguise oneself any way one wants. As soon as one has found one's look, one's shape, one does not need to alter it too much, in fact I would say that one should not change it.
    — Sonia Rykiel
    tags: men  women  oneself  facts 
     
    Cohabitation seems a greater leap in cities because it's all the harder to extract oneself if things turn sour. It's what keeps otherwise functional adults living with their mothers.
    — Sloane Crosley
    tags: living  adult  oneself  mother 
     
    Cats and their owners are on a private, exclusive loop of affection. Thus cats have become symbolic of a community eschewed and a hyper-engagement with oneself. They represent the profound danger of growing so independent in New York that it's not merely that you don't need anyone - it's that you don't know how to need anyone.
    — Sloane Crosley
    tags: oneself  community  danger  cat 
     
    In order effectively to liberate oneself from the grip of existing social reality, one should first renounce the transgressive fantasmatic supplement that attaches us to it.
    — Slavoj Žižek
    tags: reality  oneself 
     
    It is more satisfying to sacrifice oneself for the poor victim than to enable the other to overcome their victim status and perhaps become even more succesfull than ourselves
    — Slavoj Žižek
    Much as being active in the antislavery movement of the last century involved more than not engaging in slavery oneself, so joining in an antiviolence movement has to go beyond opting for nonviolence in one's personal life. It calls for engaging in imaginative and forceful practices of nonviolent resistance to violence, including taking a stand toward entertainment violence.
    — Sissela Bok
    The overall message is 'one love,' which means love begins with oneself. If you can't love yourself, you can't love anyone around you.
    — Simphiwe Dana
    tags: oneself 
     
    Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
    — Simone Weil
    tags: people  human  oneself 
     
    I think that it is useless to fight directly against natural weaknesses. One has to force oneself to act as though one did not have them in circumstances where a duty makes it imperative; and in the ordinary course of life one has to know these weaknesses, prudently take them into account, and strive to turn them to good purpose; for they are all capable of being put to some good purpose.
    — Simone Weil
    tags: oneself  fight  weakness 
     
    One should identify oneself with the universe itself. Everything that is less than the universe is subjected to suffering.
    — Simone Weil
    Compassion directed toward oneself is true humility.
    — Simone Weil
    To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
    — Simone Weil
    tags: oneself  hero 
     
    Compassion directed to oneself is humility.
    — Simone Weil
    Concern for the symbol has completely disappeared from our science . And yet, if one were to give oneself the trouble, one could easily find, in certain parts at least of contemporary mathematics... symbols as clear, as beautiful, and as full of spiritual meaning as that of the circle and mediation. From modern thought to ancient wisdom the path would be short and direct, if one cared to take it.
    — Simone Weil
    Political genius consists in identifying oneself with a principle.
    — Simon Heffer
    Poetry is difficult, I mean interesting poetry, not confessional babble or emotive propaganda. Reading a new poet is discovering an entire world, what Stevens called a 'mundo' and it takes a lot of time to orientate oneself in such a world. What we have to learn to do then, as teachers and militants of a poetic insurgency, is to encourage people to learn to love the difficulty of poetry. I simply do not understand much of the poetry that I love.
    — Simon Critchley
    It is so ridiculous to limit oneself to one version of the truth.
    — Simon Critchley
    tags: truth  oneself 
     
    One never comes into embarrassment, if one is ready to balance. To ask oneself never in embarrassment, what have you in these decades made.
    — Siegfried Lenz
    tags: oneself  balance 
     
    Photography means releasing oneself from one type of gravity and placing oneself in a space where a different force is trying to move you.
    — Shomei Tomatsu
    ...One individual is his or her own best teacher, and no other idol or false image should be worshiped or adored because the God we are all seeking lies inside oneself, not outside.
    — Shirley MacLaine
    tags: lies  oneself  god 
     
    To dance at all is to confront oneself. It is the art of honesty.
    — Shirley MacLaine
    tags: honesty  oneself  dance 
     
    One would always want to think of oneself as being on the side of love, ready to recognize it and wish it well -but, when confronted with it in others, one so often resented it, questioned its true nature, secretly dismissed the particular instance as folly or promiscuity. Was it merely jealousy, or a reluctance to admit so noble and enviable a sentiment in anyone but oneself?
    — Shirley Hazzard
    In England, life is a long process of composing oneself.
    — Shirley Hazzard
    tags: oneself  process  england 
     
    There is, to be sure, sometimes only a small difference between being alert to possible danger and allowing oneself to become terrified to the point of paralysis by seeming or imagined portents.
    — Sherwin B. Nuland
    tags: oneself  danger 
     
    To dance, above all, is to enter into the motions of life. It is an action, a movement, a process. The dance of life is not so much a metaphor as a fact; to dance is to know oneself alone and to celebrate it.
    — Sherman Paul
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