Identity quotes

  • We must see what in the Israeli identity - in the Israeli - we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory.
    -- A. B. Yehoshua

    #People #Giving #Identity

  • The question of boundaries is a major question of the Jewish people because the Jews are the great experts of crossing boundaries. They have a sense of identity inside themselves that doesn't permit them to cross boundaries with other people.
    -- A. B. Yehoshua

    #People #Identity #Experts

  • As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being.
    -- Abdolkarim Soroush

    #Islamic #Ethnicity #Identity

  • If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms.
    -- Abdolkarim Soroush

    #Expression #People #Identity

  • Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals.
    -- Abdolkarim Soroush

    #Religious #Islam #Identity

  • Every actor has his own identity. I don't aspire to be Bond. My quest is to do something new, something different.
    -- Abhishek Bachchan

    #Identity #Different #Actors

  • The loss of illusions and the discovery of identity, though painful at first, can be ultimately exhilarating and strengthening.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Loss #Discovery #Identity

  • Carving out an identity for yourself is important so I'm trying to do that as well.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Important #Trying #Identity

  • A secure pluralistic society requires communities that are educated and confident both in the identity and depth of their own traditions and in those of their neighbours.
    -- Aga Khan IV

    #Community #Identity #Depth

  • I couldn't think. The basics of my life seemed altered and thrown into question. After all, our families--our ancestors--are our identities. Biology is destiny. I'm not who you think I am, I had said to T.J. the last time I'd seen him. Maybe I wasn't who I'd thought I was either.
    -- Aimee Friedman

    #Destiny #Thinking #Identity

  • We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be E Pluribus Unum - Out of One, Many.
    -- Al Gore

    #Space #Scary #Identity

  • People who hold important positions in society are commonly labelled "somebodies," and their inverse "nobodies"-both of which are, of course, nonsensical descriptors, for we are all, by necessity, individuals with distinct identities and comparable claims on existence. Such words are nevertheless an apt vehicle for conveying the disparate treatment accorded to different groups. Those without status are all but invisible: they are treated brusquely by others, their complexities trampled upon and their singularities ignored.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #People #Identity #Important

  • The attentions of others matter to us because we are afflicted by a congenital uncertainty as to our own value, as a result of which affliction we tend to allow others' appraisals to play a determining role in how we see ourselves. Our sense of identity is held captive by the judgements of those we live among.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Play #Judgement #Identity

  • My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
    -- Alan Dundes

    #Years #Identity #Taught

  • I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it.
    -- Alan Hovhaness

    #Identity #Culture #Emotion

  • Human identity is the most fragile thing that we have, and it's often only found in moments of truth.
    -- Alan Rudolph

    #Identity #Moments #Fragile Things

  • A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Community #Identity #Stories

  • It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.
    -- Alex Grey

    #Prayer #Play #Identity

  • It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.
    -- Alex Kapranos

    #Identity #Want #Matter

  • The present non-aristotelian system is based on fundamental negative premises; namely, the complete denial of 'identity.'
    -- Alfred Korzybski

    #Identity #Negative #Fundamentals

  • Identity is invariably false to facts.
    -- Alfred Korzybski

    #Self Esteem #Identity #Facts

  • There is nothing more opposed to equality than identity.
    -- Alice von Hildebrand


  • Authors are now marketed like promising movie starlets and must rattle around the nation's television stations to try to assert a salable identity different from that of the other starlets.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Identity #Trying #Different

  • Music, especially as an adolescent, helps to build identity because that's when people start developing a sense of self. You can kind of tell based on what music a person listens to what kind of person they'll be pretty much for the rest of their life.
    -- Aloe Blacc

    #Self #People #Identity

  • There are Muslims of all kinds. The idea of closing them into a single identity is wrong.
    -- Amartya Sen

    #Ideas #Identity #Kind

  • the identity of an individual is essentially a function of her choices, rather than the discovery of an immutable attribute
    -- Amartya Sen

    #Discovery #Choices #Identity

  • Violence is fomented by the imposition of singular and belligerent identities on gullible people, championed by proficient artisans of terror.
    -- Amartya Sen

    #People #Identity #Violence

  • OPIATE, n. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Doors #Jail #Identity

  • The identity cannot be compartmentalized; it cannot be split in halves or thirds, nor have any clearly defined set of boundaries. I do not have several identities, I only have one, made of all the elements that have shaped its unique proportions.
    -- Amin Maalouf

    #Unique #Identity #Elements

  • The desire to work with Burrows-Charles was really to change NBC's identity, to say, "We want to be in the sophisticated-adult-comedy business."
    -- Amy Poehler

    #Nbc #Desire #Identity

  • Try becoming a person people want to be with rather than conforming yourself to the false identity of what you conceive their ideal to be.
    -- An Na

    #People #Trying #Identity

  • A trite word is an overused word which has lost its identity like an old coat in a second-hand shop. The familiar grows dull and we no longer see, hear, or taste it.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Hands #Identity #Coats

  • To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right,
    -- Andrej Pejic

    #Equal Treatment #Identity #Proud

  • I'm not a big fan of identity politics and sort of picking one thing and defining yourself with it.
    -- Andrej Pejic

    #Identity #Fans #Defining

  • The image of God, then, involves gender identity and complementarity. God created gender in duality as male and female.
    -- Andrew Comiskey

    #Identity #Males #Female

  • Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.
    -- Andrew Coyle Bradley

    #Ideas #Two #Identity

  • A people must have dignity and identity.
    -- Andrew Goodman

    #People #Identity #Dignity

  • When you wake up to the Divine Consciousness within you and your divine identity, you wake up simultaneously to the Divine Consciousness appearing as all other beings. And this is not poetry and this is not a feeling, this is a direct experience of the divine light living in and as all other beings. And until this realization is firm in you, you do not know who or where you are.
    -- Andrew Harvey

    #Light #Feelings #Identity

  • We don't seek the painful experiences that hew our identities, but we seek our identities in the wake of painful experiences.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Identity #Painful

  • Fixing is the illness model; acceptance is the identity model; which way any family goes reflects their assumptions and resources.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Acceptance #Identity #Way

  • Your gender identity is who you are. Sexual identity is who you bounce that off of.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Identity #Gender #Gender Identity

  • Identity itself should be not a smug label or a gold medal but a revolution.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Gold #Identity #Labels

  • Treating an identity as an illness invites real illness to make a braver stand.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Real #Identity #Illness

  • Fighting for identity is something that is very much in my life.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Fighting #Identity

  • Identity is an assemblage of constellations.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Individuality #Identity #Constellations

  • New York is a city where it's particularly hard to be poor, not only because everything costs twice as much as it does elsewhere but because over-the-top affluence is part of its identity.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #New York #Cities #Identity

  • I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different.
    -- AnnaLynne McCord

    #Identity #Different #Flattery

  • No matter what circumstances, it's hard to be a parent and maintain a sense of self and identity in the world.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Self #Parent #Identity

  • I believe that true identity is found . . . in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. Woman can best refind herself in some kind of creative activity of her own.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Believe #Creative #Identity

  • Becoming an entrepreneur was the furthest thing from my mind. I actually had an identity crisis when I realized I had become one.
    -- Anne Taintor

    #Entrepreneur #Mind #Identity

  • Our primary identity has become that of being consumers – not mothers, teachers, or farmers, but of consumers. We shop and shop and shop.
    -- Annie Leonard

    #Mother #Teacher #Identity

  • For a certain type of woman who risks losing her identity in a man, there are all those questions . . . until you get to the point and know that you really are living a love story.
    -- Anouk Aimee

    #Men #Risk #Identity

  • Regimes are modes of self-discipline, but are not solely constituted by the orderings of convention in day-to-day life; they are personal habits, organised in some part according to social conventions, but also formed by personal inclinations and dispositions. Regimes are of central importance to self-identity precisely because they connect habits with aspects of the visible appearance of the body.
    -- Anthony Giddens

    #Self #Discipline #Identity

  • The body is an object in which we are all privileged, or doomed, to dwell, the source of feelings of well-being and pleasure, but also the site of illnesses and strains. (...) [I]t is an action-system, a mode of praxis, and its practical immersion in the interactions of day-to-day life is an essential part of the sustaining of a coherent sense of self-identity.
    -- Anthony Giddens

    #Self #Feelings #Identity

  • Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Atheism #Identity #Principles

  • And when I met Cecil Taylor it was a complete transformation of musical identities. All the tenets that I had grown up with were thrown out the window.
    -- Archie Shepp

    #Musical #Identity #Transformation

  • Crime, after all, can be a way of establishing identity or acquiring security - at least the magistrate addresses you by name.
    -- Ariana Franklin

    #Names #Identity #Addresses

  • If people base their identity on identifying with authority, freedom causes anxiety. They must then conceal the victim in themselves by resorting to violence against others.
    -- Arno Gruen

    #People #Anxiety #Identity

  • I was a businessman for 16 years of my life, so when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary identity separate.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Writing #Years #Identity

  • My essential identity is that of a writer.
    -- Athol Fugard

    #Identity #Essentials

  • I consider myself to have been formed by a lot of the locutions and aesthetics and principles of the Muslim way of life, and those are an important part of my childhood and my identity.
    -- Ayad Akhtar

    #Childhood #Important #Identity

  • My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Believe #Race #Identity

  • The team takes on the identity of its top payers… I don't want to take anything away from the Capitals offensively,
    -- Barry Trotz

    #Team #Identity #Want

  • It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one's own identity.
    -- Beatrice Webb

    #Writing #Identity #Would Be

  • In the context of the great debates about identity politics - are you gay or straight, nationalist or republican, British or English and so on - I would ask, "Do you ride a bike?" I love everything about the machine - the sensation of the tyres on the road, the mobility - and I love the fact that you have this intimate relationship with the elements, and the landscape.
    -- Beatrix Campbell

    #Gay #Cycling #Identity

  • Sadly, at a time when so much sophisticated cultural criticism by hip intellectuals from diverse locations extols a vision of cultural hybridity, border crossing, subjectivity constructed out of plurality, the vast majority of folks in this society still believe in a notion of identity that is rooted in a sense of essential traits and characteristics that are fixed and static.
    -- Bell Hooks

    #Believe #Vision #Identity

  • Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.
    -- Bell Hooks

    #Differences #Community #Identity

  • I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.
    -- Bella Abzug

    #Coffee #Identity #Meeting Someone

  • American films are the best films. This is a fact. Cinema is - along with Jazz - the great American art form. And cinema in a very real sense created the American identity that has been exported around the world.
    -- Ben Dreyfuss

    #Art #Real #Identity

  • I'm not Jack Nicholson. I'm not Brando. But I do mumble.
    -- Benicio Del Toro

    #Identity #Brando #Nicholson

  • You see in others who you are.
    -- Bernard Malamud

    #Identity #Who You Are

  • Because I didn't have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn't hand us enough variety to choose from.
    -- Beth Ditto

    #Hands #Role Models #Identity

  • The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life.
    -- Betty Buckley

    #Feminism #Identity #Way

  • When we become connected to the supreme spirit then we automatically becomes situated in our spiritual identity.
    -- Bhakti Charu Swami

    #Spiritual #Identity #Krishna

  • A living entity becomes aware of his Spiritual Identity and becomes aware of the Supreme Personality of Godhead only when he comes accross a Sprititual Master.
    -- Bhakti Charu Swami

    #Spiritual #Personality #Identity

  • I needed to be myself and find my own identity.
    -- Bill Skarsgard

    #Identity #Needed

  • Shave your head, wear a 'ZERO' shirt. Take away your identity. What do you have? You still have yourself.
    -- Billy Corgan

    #Zero #Identity #Shirts

  • Merely presenting a driver's license or other document based on a birth certificate is not enough for an accurate verification. Biometric verification of identity must be made and then a data base of those persons who have legal status must be checked.
    -- Bob Dole

    #Data #Identity #Immigration

  • Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Past #People #Identity

  • They will not criminalise us, rob us of our true identity, steal our individualism, depoliticise us, churn us out as systemised, institutionalised, decent law-abiding robots. Never will they label our liberation struggle as criminal.
    -- Bobby Sands

    #Struggle #Law #Identity

  • Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied.
    -- Boris Trajkovski

    #Confidence #Community #Identity

  • I like to make things. Its been part of my identity since I was a kid.
    -- Bre Pettis

    #Kids #Identity

  • Unless we base our sense of identity upon the truth of who we are, it is impossible to attain true happiness.
    -- Brenda Shoshanna

    #Identity #Who We Are #Impossible

  • Being the beloved is our identity, the core of our existence.  It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one name among many.  It is the name by which God knows us and the way He relates to us
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Names #Ideas #Identity

  • Our identity rests in God's relentless tenderness for us revealed in Jesus Christ.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Jesus #Identity #Christ

  • Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Love #Self #Identity

  • Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Solitude #Identity #Speech

  • I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.
    -- Brian Aldiss

    #Identity #Wells

  • For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces, an event rather than an appearance. These forces can only be tackled by treating color and form as ultimate identities, freeing them from all descriptive or functional roles.
    -- Bridget Riley

    #Color #Identity #Events

  • MSNBC got some very good people. They've got a good-looking set. All They're first-class. Somewhere along the way, they kind of lost their identity as a news channel, and they started doing a lot of other sort of magazine-type programming.
    -- Brit Hume

    #Class #People #Identity

  • All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity.
    -- Bryant H. McGill

    #Identity #Discomfort

  • Materialism is an identity crisis.
    -- Bryant H. McGill

    #Identity #Materialism #Crisis

  • The streak has become my identity; it's who I've become.
    -- Cal Ripken, Jr.

    #Identity #Streaks

  • In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.
    -- Camille Paglia

    #Zero #Identity #Abnormal

  • The more woman aims for personal identity and autonomy ... the fiercer will be her struggle with nature - that is, with the intractable physical laws of her own body. And the more nature will punish her: 'Do not dare to be free! For your body does not belong to you.'
    -- Camille Paglia

    #Struggle #Law #Identity

  • Taste, like identity, has value only when there are differences,
    -- Carlo Petrini

    #Differences #Identity #Taste

  • Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish.
    -- Carlos Ghosn

    #Identity #Different #Mergers

  • I have my own identity as a player.
    -- Carmelo Anthony

    #Basketball #Player #Identity

  • We all construct worldviews that give us a sense of meaning. Mostly it is about belonging to a group and having a sense of identity and purpose.
    -- Carmen Lawrence

    #Giving #Identity #Groups

  • Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life.
    -- Caroline Leavitt

    #Thinking #Identity #New Life