Favorite Quotations ~  Individuality, 2 It's Okay To Be Different

"There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him." ~ Robert L. Stanfield

Asheville sunrise, Jan 2013

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. ~ Jane Goodall

This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. ~ John Steinbeck

We do not easily understand that just being a person created by God makes us deeply significant. ~ Judith Couchman

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish. ~ Edith Sitwell, Meditations for People Who Worry

Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common. ~ Alice Hoffman, Women Know Everything

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do — can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do. ~ Barbara Sher

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

A person is an individual substance of a rational nature. ~ Boethius

Individuality is freedom lived. ~ John Dos Passos

No task is so humble that it does not offer an outlet for individuality. ~ William Feather

Individuality is the aim of political liberty. ~ James Fenimore Cooper

Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. ~ Frederick E. Crane

By obliterating one’s individual self, one returns to the infinite universe. ~ Yayoi Kusama, Bomb, Winter 1999

The more developed a nation is, the more complete is the independence of the individual, and the safer the individual from encroachments by another. ~ Dmitry Pisarev