Individuality Quotes

I’m a perfectly good carrot that everyone is trying to turn in to a rose

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“As a carrot, I have a good color and a nice leafy top. When I’m carved into a rose, I turn brown and wither.”

Adolescent girls are saplings in a hurricane. They are young and…

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak. Should he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we…

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The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the […]

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When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.

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What small potatoes we all are, compared with what we might be!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I have been digging my potatoes, if anybody cares to know it. I planted them in what are called “Early Rose,”—the rows a little less than three feet apart; but the vines came to an early close in the drought. Digging potatoes is a pleasant, soothing occupation, but not poetical. It is good for the…

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The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
walking down a road

As far as possible, I let pure experience decide the therapeutic aims. This may perhaps seem strange, because it is usually assumed that the therapist should have an aim, but it seems to me that in psychotherapy especially it is advisable for the physician not to have too…

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My individualism is really an illusion. I am a part of the great whole.

Monday, April 27th, 2009
field of sunny flowers

In my own self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters…

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I am my own skipper and later on I shall see where I come to land.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
weather vane shaped like a tall ship

I am always making resolutions not to notice Mummy’s bad example. I want to see only the good side of her and to seek in myself what I cannot find in her. But it doesn’t work; and the worst of it is that neither Daddy nor Mummy understands this gap in my life, and I blame them for it. I wonder if anyone can ever succeed in making their children absolutely…

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Being normal is not necessarily a virtue

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
horned frog

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage!

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to…

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