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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.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
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.
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.
The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
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How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
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I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.