Sunday Quotes: Being Yourself

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.

 Raymond Hull 

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

 Gabrielle Chanel

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

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 naive. 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

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

 E.E. Cummings

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