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Individuality

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

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

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. –Mark Twain

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.― Coco Chanel

And truly it demands something godlike in him who cast off the common motives of humanity and ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity. ― George Carlin

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. ― Confucius

I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities. ― Ayn Rand

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking. ― Benjamin Franklin

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. ― Michel de Montaigne

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time. ― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose! ― Oscar Wilde

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.― Abraham Lincoln

There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.― Clint Eastwood

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.― Anaïs Nin

Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.― Aesop

The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.― Albert Einstein

There were those who loved liberty, who cried out to live their own lives, to strive, to rise above, to achieve, and those bent on the mindless equality of stagnation brought about through the enforcement of an artificial, arbitrary, gray uniformity–those who wanted to transcend through their own effort, and those who wanted others to think for them and were willing to pay the ultimate price.― Terry Goodkind

I think that is the very definition of a family: a group of individuals, bound by the essence of love, who share a life together and yet maintain their unique individuality.― Kathy Magliato

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

― Robert Frost

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Ethics

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. –Winston Churchill

To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them. –Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

He possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence; courage without ferocity; and all the virtues of man without his vices. –Lord Byron

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid. –Marcus Aurelius

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues. – John Locke

There can be no compromise on moral principles. ―Ayn Rand

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. –Ayn Rand

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics. –Albert Einstein

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Achievement

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.—Ayn Rand

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.—Henry Ford

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. –Abraham Lincoln

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. –Cecil B. DeMille

Press on- nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent. –Calvin Coolidge

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. –Conrad Hilton

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances. –Bruce Barton

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. –Thomas Alva Edison

Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration . . . and expectation. –Jack Niklaus

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. –Vince Lombardi

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. –H. L. Hunt

We will either find a way, or make one. –Hannibal

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Beauty

Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art. –Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

The perception of beauty is a moral test. —Henry David Thoreau

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty – the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.- Leon Battista Alberti

The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. –Lord Shaftesbury

What is the use of aesthetics if they can neither teach how to produce beauty nor how to appreciate it in good taste? It exists because it behooves rational human beings to provide reasons for their actions and assessments. Even if aesthetics are not the mathematics of beauty, they are the proof of the calculation. – Franz Grillparzer

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.—Albert Einstein

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Philosophy

Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom.—Marcus Tullius Cicero

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence. He is using his memory. –Leonardo da Vinci

History is philosophy teaching by example. —Dionysius

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it. –Francis Bacon, Sr.

Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings.—John Keats quotes

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.—Aristotle

There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. –Charles M. Schulz

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.—Thomas Jefferson

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.—Oprah Winfrey

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.—Margaret Thatcher

History should be written as philosophy.—Voltaire

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.—Jim Rohn

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. —Ambrose Bierce

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