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    You might not have thought it possible to give birth to others before one has given birth to oneself, but I assure you it is quite possible, it has been done; I offer myself in evidence as Exhibit A.
    — Sheila Ballantyne
    tags: thoughts  oneself  birth 
    In order to 'hold fast' to something, one must allow oneself to be held to something. That commitment may be one of the hardest things to practice in a world of so much choice.
    — Sheena Iyengar
    What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing. -Archibald MacLeish
    — Sheena Iyengar
    All the happiness there is in this world Arises from wishing others to be happy. And all the suffering there is in this world Arises from wishing oneself to be happy.
    — Shantideva
    All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others.
    — Shantideva
    All the joy the world containsHas come through wishing happiness for others.All the misery the world containsHas come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
    — Shantideva
    Some people think that in order to lead a morally decent life one may sometimes have to forego the possibility of having a good life oneself. Even if that is true, it does not render morality incredible, but it does raise a question about morality's authority: about what one has most reason to do when one is faced with a conflict of this kind.
    — Samuel Scheffler
    The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
    — Samuel Butler
    tags: oneself  right  advantage 
    To remember oneself and to relax the body is something we have to do constantly.
    — Samael Aun Weor
    tags: oneself  body 
    Freedom is something that we got to achieve inside ourselves. Nobody can achieve it outside oneself.
    — Samael Aun Weor
    tags: freedom  oneself  achieve 
    Paranoia reduces anxiety and guilt by transferring to the other all the characteristics one does not want to recognize in oneself. It is maintained by selective perception and recall. We only see and acknowledge those negative aspects of the enemy that support the stereotype we have already created.
    — Sam Keen
    perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque.
    — Salman Rushdie
    tags: oneself  wishes 
    the female view that one strengthens oneself by strengthening others is finding greater acceptance, and female values of inclusion and connection are emerging as valuable leadership qualities.
    — Sally Helgesen
    In truth, to know oneself seems to be the hardest of all things. Not only our eye, which observes external objects, does not use the sense of sight upon itself, but even our mind, which contemplates intently another's sin, is slow in the recognition of its own defects.
    — Saint Basil
    tags: truth  oneself  eyes  sin  mind 
    I advise writing to oneself. If you don't want to read it, nobody else is going to read it.
    — S. E. Hinton
    tags: oneself  writing  read 
    Photographing expresses human desire to preserve passing time. It is like a man struggling with time that elapses, and in general - a desire to preserve oneself.
    — Ryszard Kapuscinski
    tags: desires  time  men  human  oneself 
    It is necessary to dig deep within oneself to discover the hidden grain of steel called will.
    — Ryan Shay
    tags: oneself 
    Maybe being married is talking to oneself with one's other self listening.
    — Ruth Rendell
    tags: self  oneself  listening 
    In a world that holds books and babies and canyon trails, why should one condemn oneself to live day-in, day-out with people one does not like, and sell oneself to chaperone and correct them?
    — Ruth Benedict
    tags: people  live  world  oneself  book  sell 
    A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. What nine months of attention does for an embryo forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness
    — Rumi
    Life is one long struggle to disinter oneself, to keep one's head above the accumulations, the ever deepening layers of objects ... which attempt to cover one over, steadily, almost irresistibly, like falling snow.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: oneself  struggle 
    The superior thing ... was to be late. Lateness showed that serene contempt for the illusion we call time which is so necessary to ensure the respect of others and oneself. Only the servile are punctual.
    — Rose Macaulay
    The last sin, the sin against the Holy Ghost - to lie to oneself. Lying to other people - that's a small thing in comparison.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: people  lies  oneself  lying  ghost  sin  holy 
    It is selfish to concern oneself with tragedies.
    — Rose Kennedy
    tags: oneself  tragedy 
    I think it's OK to play to your strengths, and if I have a quality of Englishness that people like, I won't hide that. I'm probably not going to play a junkie and that's OK because there are other people who will do it better. A view that's been held for a long time is that the best way to prove oneself as an actor is to play the grittiest roles out there. I don't agree with that.
    — Rosamund Pike
    Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.
    — Rollo May
    tags: fear  people  alone  oneself 
    When one read's Kierkegaard's profound analyses of anxiety and despair or Nietzsche's amazingly acute insights into the dynamics of resentment and the guilt and hostility which accompany repressed emotional powers, one might pinch oneself to realize that one is reading works written in the last century and not some new contemporary psychological analysis.
    — Rollo May
    The love of someone else is more accessible or more possible if one lives with a sense of loving embrace towards oneself because that extends out into the world.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: live  world  oneself  loving 
    This question of love begins and ends with the willingness to be welcoming to one's own experience as a loving action towards oneself. It may be dark, it may be light, it may be joyous, it may be sorrowful, but it's your experience, and therefore, your life. As we have that kind of loving response towards our own life, then life itself in terms of the outside world, begins to feel different.
    — Roger Housden
    The natural wish and impetus to feel oneself to be an individual, to be special, includes standing out more than anyone else.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: oneself  wishes 
    When true self-remembering comes, one does not want to alter oneself, or others; one somehow rises above their weaknesses and one's own. There can be no blame anywhere. One swallows what is, and becomes free.
    — Rodney Collin
    tags: oneself  true  weakness 
    At the end of oneself was the best place to discover the Lord at work.
    — Robin Lee
    tags: work  oneself 
    Everyone has the same life purpose, which is the quest of happiness for oneself and for others.
    — Robert Thurman
    tags: happiness  oneself 
    To devote oneself to vigilance when the enemy is an imaginary one is idle, and to congratulate oneself for looking long and well for a foe that is not coming is foolish and sinful. My life has been a waste.
    — Robert Silverberg
    tags: enemies  oneself  enemy 
    One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone.
    — Robert Rauschenberg
    It is human defect - to try to know oneself by the self of another.
    — Robert Penn Warren
    tags: self  human  oneself 
    There are things one must do for oneself.
    — Robert Mugabe
    tags: oneself 
    One's art is just one's effort to wed oneself to the universe, to unify oneself through union.
    — Robert Motherwell
    tags: oneself  universe 
    In the brush doing what it is doing, it will stumble on what one could not do by oneself.
    — Robert Motherwell
    tags: oneself 
    The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha - which is to demean oneself.
    — Robert M. Pirsig
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