A Quote by Herman Melville on living large, individual, individuality, and herman melville

It is better to fail in originality that to succeed in imitation.

This is the quote I've lived by for 2 1/2 years.

Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

Source: quote website

Contributed by: Gaki

A Quote by Staceyann Chin on slam poetry, diversity, and individuality

I am too many flavors for one f***ing spoon.

I want to erase the lines so I can be me.

If we do not speak, who will?

Staceyann Chin

Source: Def poetry jam

Contributed by: Grace

A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on individuality and diversity

The light that the sun casts on the planets is the same for all, but each planet reflects it according to its own color, and the radiation that it returns is determined by its constitution.  In this inevitable diversity of color there is no treachery or false transmission, but it does explain why no teacher, however great, can all himself the sole possessor of the Truth.  He can only teach according to the type and “color” of his own soul, and to his capacity for faithful representation.  Beyond this limit he would be exceeding or misdirecting his mission, and adding a heavy responsibility to his burden of karma.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 159

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Magus Peter H. Gilmore on government, democracy, pursuit of happiness, freedom, diversity, and individuality

"...when a nation encourages the individual pursuit of happiness,  there is no guarantee that everyone is going to like what everyone else  is doing. That is part of freedom—tolerance of diversity."

Peter Gilmore

Contributed by: dalaigoat

A Quote by Charles F. Haanel on individuality, power, and responsibility

Individuality is a real power inherent in all and the development and consequent expression of this power enables one to assume the responsibility of directing his own footsteps rather than stampeding after some self-assertive bell-wether.

Charles Haanel

Source: Mental Chemistry, Pages: 23

Contributed by: Creative Philosopher

A Quote by zaadzster_1 on herds, herdmanity, society, groups, conformity, groupthink, conformism, christianity, taoism, hinduism, buddhism, religion, capitalism, communism, socialism, individuality, individual, authentic, being authentic, fear, fear of t

We're all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is.  We reinforce the illusion for each other.  That's what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea.  Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they're preserving is better than the alternative they're avoiding.  It's just that one is known and one is not.  Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water.  All fear is fear of the unknown.  If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic, and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics.  If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group.  To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.

Jed McKenna

Contributed by: shawnmichel

A Quote by zaadzster_1 on tom robbins, individuality, grace, love, and wit

"Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures and rides it, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route."

Tom Robbins (1936 -)

Source: Jitterbug Perfume

Contributed by: Jasper

A Quote by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing on individuality and non-conformity

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.

Gotthold Lessing

Contributed by: Kimberly

A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on death, individuality, schopenhauer, and all and nothing

As an individual, with your death there will be an end of you. But your individuality is not your true and final being, indeed it is rather the mere expression of it; it is not the thing-in-itself but only the phenomenon presented in the form of time, and accordingly has both a beginning and an end. Your being in itself, on the contrary, knows neither time, nor beginning, nor end, nor the limits of a given individuality; hence no individuality can be without it, but it is there in each and all. So that, in the first sense, after death you become nothing; in the second, you are and remain everything. That is why I said that after death you would be all and nothing.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

Contributed by: J.K.

A Quote by Anne Frank on individuality, integrity, achievement, wisdom, and insight

Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)

Source: Anne Frank

Contributed by: DreamWeaver

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