Early in childhood,we begin developing what we feel is a desirable self image largely based on social conditioning…unfortunately it may include expectations beyond our natural abilities or simply be a fabricated assumption leading us down a path alien to our true wishes…perhaps this process was necessary in childhood but when becoming an adult there is little reason to allow this falsehood to continue.

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare

“Be yourself. The world worships an original.” — Ingrid Bergman

“Those who avoid the tough choices of life, live a life they never chose.” — Robert Brault

“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

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” — Mother Theresa

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

“People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.” — Giacomo Leopardi

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” — John Morley

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E. E. Cummings

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” — Homer

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” — William James

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of demand.” — Henry Wheeler Shaw

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