Individuality Quotes

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Individuality is freedom lived.
True individuality can be lonely.
You can't change the music of your soul.

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Nature made him, and then broke the mold.
Born Originals, how comes it to pass that we die Copies?

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Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom.

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A child develops individuality long before he develops taste.
Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.

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The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.


Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.


Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.


Each human is uniquely different. Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.
All of us can sing the same song, and there will still be four billion different renditions.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

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Man may be defined as the animal that can say "I," that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


The individual man tires to escape the race.  And as soon as he ceases to represent the race, he represents man.


If individuality has no play, society does not advance; if individuality breaks out of all bounds, society perishes.
What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person.
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.

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The boughs of no two trees ever have the same arrangement.  Nature always produces individuals; She never produces classes.
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness.  I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
To have ones individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life.  Like being blown out as one blows out a light.
To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

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No man should part with his individuality and aim to become another.  No process is so fatal as that which would cast all men into one mold.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.  We should not be pleased if old friends were to lay aside certain peculiarities.
Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are.  That is something you yourself can only discover from within.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called, and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.


If a life can have a theme song, and I believe every worthwhile one has, mine is a religion, an obsession, or a mania or all of these expressed in one word: individualism.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.


Instead of boiling up individuals into the species, I would draw a chalk circle round every individuality and preach it to keep within that, and preserve and cultivate its identity.
How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man's city?  How do you expect to reach your own perfection by leading somebody else's life?

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There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

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If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality—that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.

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At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is ever be put together a second time.

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  To be your own man is a hard business.  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.


I'm a human being who remained independent, resisted conditioning, never belonged to any religion, political party, organization, nation, race. I've been myself, without any adjective. That has given me integrity, individuality, authenticity, and the bliss of fulfillment.

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One should not search for an abstract meaning of life.  Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment.  Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated.  Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.