“I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I've done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don't want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to think as I come and go
That I'm for bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself -- and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.”
~Edgar A. Guest, Myself
“It’s like running down this ridiculously long tunnel, because there’s a light at the end, and, again, it’s not a light, it’s a mirror, and you’re on fire.” ~Kablammy, LiveJournal user
“We get so much in the habit of wearing a disguise before others that we eventually appear disguised before ourselves.” ~Jim Bishop
“to be nobody-but-myself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ~e. e. cummings
“I’d rather be disliked for who I am than liked for who I’m not.” ~LiveJournal user
“If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.” ~Francis Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
“Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.” ~Robert A. Heinlein
“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.” ~John D. MacDonald, The Turquoise Lament
“When I'm "good" I'm high-and-mighty and holier-than-thou. When I'm "bad" you'd rather I be good. Either way I lose, so maybe I'll just try to find me and stick with that.” ~Me