May: Authenticity


The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) Germany


Best keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you see the world.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Ireland


Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) USA


Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.

Ryōkan Taigu (1758–1831) Japan


We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

May Sarton (1912 – 1995) USA


Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) Switzerland


The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.

Ben Okri (1959) Nigeria


Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albania.


The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

C.G. Jung (1875-1961) Switzerland


Beneath all our thoughts lie our beliefs, the outer veil of our soul.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) USA

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