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Oneself Quotes

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The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

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To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Testing oneself is best when done alone.
- Jimmy Carter

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.
- Epictetus

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

One can not love without opening oneself,
and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
One does not have control.
- Isabelle Adjani

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

I always pass on good advice.
It is the only thing to do with it.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind;
it requires the same effort of the brain
that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
- Helen Keller

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

One's own religion is after all
a matter between oneself
and one's Maker and no one else's.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
- Alexander Chase

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep,
one must above all be a sheep oneself.
- Albert Einstein

Real beauty is to be true to oneself.
That's what makes me feel good.
- Laetitia Casta

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage,
one is helpless to make oneself understood.
- Lionel Trilling

How one can live without being able to judge oneself,
criticize what one has accomplished,
and still enjoy what one does,
is unimaginable to me.
- Anna Freud

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

One could look over the past century and ask oneself,
has the increased longevity been good,
bad or indifferent?
- Leon Kass

One may speak about anything on earth with fire,
with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks
about oneself with avidity.
- Ivan Turgenev

The seated lotus postures are an amazing way to go into meditation,
or simply just to take a moment to ground oneself.
- Christy Turlington

It's a question of not copying the masters,
to look for something, good or bad, for oneself.
To enter this liberated state of mind,
one cannot copy the others.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The questions which one asks oneself begin,
at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's
key to the experience of others.
- James A. Baldwin

The most important questions in life can never be answered
by anyone except oneself.
- John Fowles

To exist is to change, to change is to mature,
to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
- Henri Bergson

Love is union with somebody, or something,
outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the
separateness and integrity of one's own self.
- Erich Fromm

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I may attempt a novel.
I think that no matter what you write,
it requires being honest with oneself,
and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life.
- Iris Chang

What becomes fascinating is the way the culture industry
doesn't deny it and doesn't try to mitigate it,
but tries to sell its products as a way of liberating oneself.
- Thomas Frank

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

Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
- Bodhidharma

Religion promotes the divine discontent within oneself,
so that one tries to make oneself a better person and
draw oneself closer to God.
- Cyril Cusack

What comes from oneself, is nearly from no one.
There is only me as a link.
- Eduardo Chillida

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
- Baruch Spinoza

It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected
by censure than by praise.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority,
but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
- Marcus Aurelius

To forgive oneself? No, that doesn't work:
we have to be forgiven.
But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.
- Dag Hammarskjold

As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform.
But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty,
other things may come into play.
- Bridget Riley

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

I can only say that one's individual situation is more
real and important to oneself than the devastations
of fates and empires especially when they do not vitally affect oneself.
- Isaac Rosenberg

In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal.
- Gertrude Stein

Employ oneself upon trifling professional matters which others could do.
- James Wyatt

It is impossible to go through life without trust:
that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all,
oneself.
- Graham Greene

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
- Sigmund Freud

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
- Eldridge Cleaver

The belief that there is only one truth,
and that oneself is in possession of it,
is the root of all evil in the world.
- Max Born

Success is dangerous.
One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is
more dangerous than to copy others.
It leads to sterility.
- Pablo Picasso

To convince oneself that one has the right to live decently takes time.
- Evita Peron

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination,
at least from despair.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
- Charles Baudelaire

A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification
with the oneself that there is no self left to die.
- Bernard Berenson

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself.
To cut yourself out of stone.
- Henry Rollins

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling
that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
- Karl Kraus

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have
profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
- Ivan Turgenev

There is nothing like being left alone again,
to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods.
To boil one's coffee and fill one's pipe,
and to think idly and slowly as one does it.
- Knut Hamsun

To live is to feel oneself lost.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day,
every day, spend one's life making aesthetic propositions.
What an immense luxury.
- Anish Kapoor

I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art
of talking about oneself.
- Stephen Fry


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