This, above all else: Be true to yourself.
It must follow, as night follows day,
that after doing this,
you cannot be false to anyone.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Hamlet act 1, scene 3
Plato (429-347 BC), Greek mathematician and philosopher
To be nobody but yourself
in a world which is doing its best, night and day,
to make you someone else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting.
E. E. Cummings (1894-1962), American poet, painter, and author
All goes well as long as you run with those who are like you. But you, who are honest men in other ways, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty shall not bend his knee to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the world of counterfeits.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer and lecturer
The best parts of a good person’s life are the little secret acts of love that no one remembers.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850),
‘Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey’ (1798).
The best feeling I know is to do a good act secretly and to have a person find it by accident.
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), The Athenaeum, 4 January 1834
I was brought up to believe how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.
Anwar el-Sadat (1918-1981), former Egyptian president
Our greatest battles are those with our own minds.
Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. It never ends until we die.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American author, speaker, politician
Being born in a duck yard does not matter if you are born from a swan’s egg.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish fairy tale author
Never follow the crowd.
Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), American financier & political consultant
A few honest men are better than numbers.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), a leader who overthrew the British monarchy
To be an adult is to be alone.
Jean Rostand (1894-1977), Thoughts of a Biologist (1939)
We live, as we dream – alone.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born English novelist
They travel fastest who travels alone.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), The Story of the Gadsbys (1890),
Wide is the door and wide is the way that leads to hell, and many go through it.
But narrow is the door and narrow is the way that leads to life, and very few find it.
The Bible, Matthew 7:13-14
The pot should not call the kettle black.
William Penn (1644-1718), Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Geoffery Chaucer (1343-1400), Troilus and Criseyde
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.
Evan Esar (1899-1995), American humourist
Do what you should,
and leave the end of it to the gods.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), Horace (1640), act 2, scene 8
at the Diet of Worms, 18 April 1521
Get up, stand up! Stand up for the right.
Get up, stand up! Do not give up the fight.
Bob Marley (1945-1981), Get Up, Stand Up (1973 song).