An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.


Ethel Barrett (1934-1989, American missionary)


Never follow the crowd.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Each man must have his "I"; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.


Mark Caine


The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.


Joseph Campbell (1904-1987, American scholar, writer, teacher)


More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.


Peter Conrad (1948-, Australian critic, author)


Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action and of being, as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.


James F. Cooper (1789-1851, American novelist)


Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.


Frederick E. Crane


Follow your own star!


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


The trouble with the sacred Individual is that he has no significance, except as he can acquire it from others, from the social whole.


Bernard Devoto (1897-1955, American writer, critic, historian)


Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.


X. Doudan


The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.


Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968, French artist)


The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Our expenses are all for conformity.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Every person's map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way... So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be.


Milton Erickson


Every man must get to Heaven his own way.


(Frederick II) Frederick The Great (1712-1786, Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786),)


Every man must get to Heaven his own way.


(Frederick II) Frederick The Great (1712-1786, Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786),)


Be yourself, who else is better qualified?


Frank J. Giblin


In matter of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?


Rabbi Hillel (30 BC - 9 AD, Jewish Rabbi, teacher)


Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.


Arthur Koestler (1905-1983, Hungarian born British writer)


A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal Impulses and preferences.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


What is wanted -- whether this is admitted or not -- is nothing less than a fundamental remolding, indeed weakening and abolition of the individual. One never tires of enumerating and indicating all that is evil and inimical, prodigal, costly, extravagant in the form individual existence has assumed hitherto. One hopes to manage more cheaply, more safely, more equitably, more uniformly if there exist only large bodies and their members.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


Every head must do its own thinking.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Even children of the same mother look different.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


If I try to be like him, who will be like me?


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


No one can transcend their own individuality.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed.


Peter Seller (1939-, British actor)


A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.


Igor Sikorsky


It is said that if Noah's ark had to be built by a company, they would not have laid the keel yet; and it may be so. What is many men's business is nobody's business. The greatest things are accomplished by individual men.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


No one can become another, even by following exactly what the other is doing.


Muni Swamy


My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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