Identity Quotes

Too many people make the past their identity and spend the rest of their lives accumulating sympathy for their past pain. - Dr. Laura Schlessinger


Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity. - Erich Fromm


The real meditation is, the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voilŕ une chose! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilŕ une chose! - Ezra Pound


Opiate: An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


While man, in his realm, has less chance for personal relations than woman, he may have more opportunities for giving himself creatively in work. Woman, on the other hand, has more chance for personal relations, but these do not give her a sense of her creative identity, the individual who has something of her own to say or to give. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh


American society is now remarkably atomised. Political organizations have collapsed. In fact, it seems like even bowling leagues are collapsing. The left has a lot to answer for here. There's been a drift toward very fragmenting tendencies among left groups, toward this sort of identity politics. - Noam Chomsky


To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity. - Robert Louis Stevenson


An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience. - James Baldwin


One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Too many women throw themselves into romance because they're afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won't do that.-Julie Delpy


Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.-B. R. Ambedkar


Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity.-Wilfred Burchett


We all need a firm sense of identity.-Christopher Eccleston


We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from.-Penelope Lively


We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.-Jane Elliot


We don't need a nation that has national identity cards.-Malcolm Wallop


We have fallen in love with the body. That's that thing that looks back at us from the mirror. That's the repository of that lovely identity that you keep chasing all your life.-George Wald


We must see what in the Israeli identity - in the Israeli - we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory.-A. B. Yehoshua


We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution.-Samuel P. Huntington


We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.-Rem Koolhaas


What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.-Paul Wellstone


When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility.-Claire Danes


When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British.-Michael King


When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.-Joseph Campbell


When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn't interested any longer. That's very astonishing.-Raymond Queneau


When you are in a band for a number of years you loose your identity in a way. You become a part of that band and then all of a sudden you are not part of that band. You are still the band without the other two members.-Greg Lake


When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death.-Dennis Quaid


When you're in a band that's so big when you're young, you kind of lose your identity a little bit. You just become part of the band. I just needed to get away from it.-Roger Andrew Taylor


When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer, the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner, and the man has died long before.-Peter Straub


Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied.-Boris Trajkovski


Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity.-Jean Charest


Remote villages and communities have lost their identity, and their peace and charm have been sacrificed to that worst of abominations, the automobile.-James Norman Hall


Right before 'The Bourne Identity' came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year.-Matt Damon


Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.-Andrew Coyle Bradley


So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist.-Betty Buckley


Social Security Number Cards by themselves were never intended to be personal identity documents because they cannot confirm that a person presenting a card is actually the person whose name appears on the card.-Ron Lewis


Society historically has a difficult time with the concept of something new and foreign that shakes up our comfortable views, especially if it involves the very volatile question of sexual identity.-Mercedes Ruehl


Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity.-Tina Fey


Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess.-Gregg Easterbrook


Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being.-David Blunkett


Systematically identity top designers as early as possible. The best are often not the most experienced.-Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.


That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project.-Alison Bechdel


The actor has a constant problem of personal identity.-Cyril Cusack


The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are.-Christopher Eccleston


The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.-Sallust


The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others.-Ulrich Beck


The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization.-Slobodan Milosevic


The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities): the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive, with its identity.-Nicholas Mosley


The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.-Paul Ricoeur


I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity - sort of... I haven't graduated yet. I'm not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.-Claire Danes


I used to sit near Marilyn Monroe in the Actor's Studio. She'd get dressed up because that was her identity. Sad. Those cameras wouldn't leave her alone. She didn't know where to hide.-Doris Roberts


I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.-Chris Evert

I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style.-Owen Hart


I'm right at a time when I'm strongly finding my identity inside of my work.-Josh Lucas


I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility.-Kate Millett


Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual.-Kenneth L. Pike


Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities.-Ron Lewis


Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation - especially in the suburbs.-Melissa Bean


If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms.-Abdolkarim Soroush


If we don't act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft.-Bill Nelson


In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it.-Robert Fripp


Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide.-Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.-Alex Kapranos


It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity.-Jenny Shipley


It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification.-Roman Jakobson


It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S. national sovereignty.-Dick Thornburgh


It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.-Alex Grey


It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one's own identity.-Beatrice Webb


Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage.-Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

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