On being yourself...
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss
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. ~e.e. cummings, 1955
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself. ~Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine
A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. ~Paul Valéry, Mauvaises pensées et autres, 1942
I am told to just be myself, but as much as I have practiced the impression, I am still no good at it. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. ~Boris Pasternak
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings
Have a blessed day being just who you are, a beautiful creation of God!