1001 Inspiring Quotes about Myself

Are you looking for inspirational quotes about myself? Inspiring Lizard has got you covered! In this article we present the 1001 most beautiful myself quotes we could find. Let’s get inspired!

Myself quotes

For some reason, notwithstanding the alienation and utter rejection, I consider myself a global citizen. They say misery calls for company and I’ve always been a man of funerals. The companion of the misfortunate, until they are not!

— Asaad Almohammad, An Ishmael of Syria

One of these days, I’m going to astral project myself up into the skies, ” he boasted. “I’ll be going to the stars and the moon. I want to fly and see what’s up there.”I want to go up to the sky, ” he said, looking at his aunt, “from star to star.

— Charles R. Cross, Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Writing feels safer somehow. I can catch myself before I say the wrong thing.

— Hillary Frank, I Can’t Tell You

I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.

— George Muller

I knew how to be a friend, a lover, a partner. I knew how to make someone feel cherished and seen and listened to — everything I had myself always so desperately wanted and been afraid I might never have because I was so used to being overlooked.

— Alexis Hall, Waiting for the Flood

I have always considered myself a person with a gypsy heart, and I Surrender my dreams to my soul, for it’s a free sprit who believes in no boundaries of region and religion.

— Megha Khare, Write like no one is reading 2

All of the years I spent trying to be someone you could be proud of would have been better spent being proud of myself for who I already was.

— Paula Heller Garland

I just don’t see myself as a travel writer. I can’t. I don’t.

— Robyn Davidson

In one way or another, every mission that I have ever set out on to rescue myself is yet another mission that I end up needing to be rescued from. Hence, there is God.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

I love you, but I’m more in love with myself and that’s the problem.

— Dominic Riccitello

Betrayal is advancing myself at the expense of the one who I committed myself to advance.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

To love others you’ve got to love yourself, but I love myself too much I’ve got no place for others.

— Ahmed Mostafa

I don’t believe in depriving myself of any food or being imprisoned by a diet.

— Joely Fisher

Yeah but I don’t know how to make myself go there. Maybe it might never happen again. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

— Breehn Burns, Best of Catbug: My Name is Catbug, What’s Yours?

I like to think that I represent myself as a strong woman, so to work with other strong women I find very inspiring.

— Annabelle Wallis

When I cry – when I let myself cry – that’s who I cry for. I don’t cry for myself. I cry for the Cassie that’s gone.And I wonder what that Cassie would think of me.The Cassie who kills.

— Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

The fact that both ego and self say “I” is a source of confusion and misidentification. The well-informed ego says truly, “I am what I know myself to be.” The self says merely, “I am.

— Stephen LaBerge, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

Earlier in the summer, I’d found the syllabi to a couple of the courses I was taking at Defriese in the fall, and I’d hunted down a few of the texts at the U bookstore, figuring it couldn’t hurt to acquaint myself with the material.

— Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.

— Kanye West

When I lived here and woke up from the fog in my head, I would walk by myself to the grave site set aside for me, so that I could feel comfortable if I lived there after death.

— Kyung-Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.

— Henry David Thoreau

People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as ‘nauseatingly miserable beyond repair’.

— Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka

I don’t like the word ‘poetry, ‘ and I don’t like poetry readings, and I usually don’t like poets. I would much prefer describing myself and what I do as: I’m kind of a curator, and I’m kind of a night-owl reporter.

— Tom Waits

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.

— Shannon Hale

We usually live our lives with the belief that “I sacrifice myself for everyone else, ” rather than thinking that “everyone else helps me.

— Jae Woong Kim, Polishing the Diamond, Enlightening the Mind: Reflections of a Korean Buddhist Master

At my lowest point, when things were at their most desperate and uncomfortable, I always found myself in the company of Australians, who were like a reminder that I’d touched bottom.

— Paul Theroux

I find myself in the moment of solitude.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

I don’t know what understanding myself is. I don’t look inside.I don’t believe I exist behind myself.

— Alberto Caeiro, Selected Poems by Fernando Pessoa,: Including Poems by His Heteronyms: Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis [And] Alvaro de Campos, as Well as Some of His Eng

I myself cried when I got angry, then became unable to explain why I was angry in the first place. Later I would discover this was endemic among female human beings. Anger is supposed to be “unfeminine”, so we suppress it-until it overflows.

— Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

I like intensity. If it’s too mellow, I feel like, bleah. I like intensity, because it’s way of reaching spaces inside of you, and it’s my need of knowledge, of knowing about myself regardless.

— Juliette Binoche

I always thought of myself as a moderate liberal, a fighter for peace and justice. I never thought of myself as being all that far out.

— George McGovern

I suppose that I did for myself what psychoanalysts do for their patients. I expressed some very long felt and deeply felt emotion. And in expressing it I explained it and then laid it to rest.

— Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

I’ve never tried to pass myself off as anything more than a comedian who wrote a dating book.

— Greg Behrendt

I was raised – and still consider myself to be – Catholic, though I’m non-practicing and haven’t fulfilled my Easter duty since sometime during the Nixon years. I’m assailed by all kinds of stimulating doubts, but I do believe in God.

— Thomas Mallon

Are there moments when I see unrequited crushes or ex-boyfriends slow dancing with their dates and kind of want to stab myself in the spleen with a salad fork? Yeah, sure.

— Sloane Crosley

I consider jealousy a humiliating and degrading feeling, and I shall never allow myself to be influenced by it.

— Leo Tolstoy

I pledge you I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people. Let us all here assembled constitute ourselves prophets of a new order of competence and courage. This is a call to arms.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.

— Ron Paul

While gazing at myself from yourself, I was beautiful.

— Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

I do still get extremely nervous before speeches. My biggest fear is that I’ll be standing there in front of hundreds of people and be incapable of talking. I’m afraid that I’ll make a complete fool of myself and be unable to go on.

— Marcus Buckingham

And then I feel the sun itselfas it blazes over the hills, like a million flowers on fire –clearly I’m not needed, yet I feel myself turninginto something of inexplicable value.-from The Buddha’s Last Instruction

— Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

I try to not be too hard on myself regarding my diet. I’ve always been a workout-to-eat kind of a girl.

— Jennie Finch

I really see myself continuing to design clothes, fragrances.

— Kim Kardashian

I was suddenly really famous, and I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know myself well enough as a person, number one, and as an actor, number two. I wanted to escape.

— Kate Winslet

People say how do you live alone? My response-I have time for myself not for loneliness…

— Ankit_pandey

If I propose to myself and myself says yes, I get to have the cake, right? I love me, so I’m thinking 12 tiers.

— Michelle M. Pillow

I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.

— Maya Angelou

I liked myself much more before I got famous. I was much friendlier and had more energy.

— Sia

I didn’t mean that I’m a nonpareil now. But I’m different, yes. I’ve found out that I can do quite difficult things if I keep trying very hard, and at least I’ve discovered that if I don’t keep myself occupied I’m unhappy and unpleasant.

— Madeleine Brent, Stranger at Wildings

Although I think of myself as the greatest heavyweight, I do respect the legends of the past for what they did. But they are not my heroes.

— Tyson Fury

I’m a really fun aunt, so I hope I’m going to be a fun mom! I like to have fun and be silly and not take myself too seriously with the kids, so I hope that will translate when I actually have my own.

— Khloe Kardashian

Sometimes I doubt and sometimes I believe. And I like not making myself believe when I am doubting, and not making myself doubt when I am believing. Surely neither God nor Accident need my consistency.

— Hugh Prather, I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

— Albert Einstein

I’d lost myself in the abyss of someone else’s tyranny…again.

— Cassandra Giovanni, Love Exactly

But instead of the end, I’m pretty sure I found myself at the start of something.

— Daniel H. Wilson, Robogenesis

I let myself have feelings for you despite not knowing how this would end.

— Siobhan Vivian, Not That Kind of Girl

This time around I was so lonely that I was forced to be face to face with myself. Realizing at the end of the day I only have me and I didn’t seem to like my own company. I decided to I had to make myself into someone I can live with.

— kandi dougherty

The first time I called myself a ‘Witch’ was the most magical moment of my life.

— Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

If our society remember the iconic people by they hard work and self effort impacting our community, so I can consider myself as one of them because you will remember how hard I’ve been working to make it till there.

— Amen Muffler

If I could, I would stop the passage of time. But hour follows on hour, minute on minute, each second robbing me of a morsel of myself for the nothing of tomorrow. I shall never experience this moment again.

— Guy de Maupassant

I’m afraid to go into myself and see what’s going on in there.

— Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I to myself am dearer than a friend.

— William Shakespeare

I’d trapped myself in a script…. But to be scripted at all is to be prepackaged, programmed, pinned to a page. Only the unwritten can truly live a life. So who I was, what I was, had to be unwritten.

— David James Duncan, The Brothers K

I know what it’s like to sleep in fear, to starve myself to be worthy, to be ashamed of my voice, to want to sleep forever. To question why I deserve to live.

— Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

What do you say when you feel your life is taken right from your chest, even though I miraculously find myself still breathing?

— Jason F. Wright, The Wednesday Letters

After wrestling with myself for six months, I began medical treatment. During that time I started a band with some friends of mine called Jack’s Car, but that didn’t last.

— Jack Irons

I would call myself a Gnostic. Which means, I’m interested in pursuing and understanding the spiritual nature of things. A Gnostic is somebody seeking knowledge of that aspect of reality.

— Robert Crumb

I love being in the studio. Expressing myself that way is really cool.

— Keke Palmer

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl Buck

— Pearl S. Buck

Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task — such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping — I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something.

— Isaac Asimov

I wanted to peel myself off of me.

— Wendy Walker, All Is Not Forgotten

To know myself as woman in the image of God to know God as Mother and to know my own mother as a window into God: these three are inseparable.If one is implausible to the heart the other two are as well.

— Roberta C. Bondi

I like food. I like eating. And I don’t want to deprive myself of good food.

— Sarah Michelle Gellar

I found myself in a sea in which the waves of joy and sorrow were clashing against each other.

— Naguib Mahfouz

No matter where I run I meet myself there.

— Dorothy Fields

I’ve learned that I can’t have a packed work schedule and a packed social schedule and a packed personal life I need to just have time to myself to sit and breathe and unwind.

— Kim Cattrall

Chalmers, thanks to Baudelaire, knew all about Taffreuse Juive, opium, absinthe, negresses, Lesbos and the metamorphoses of the vampire … Needless to say, Chalmers and myself were both virgins, in every possible meaning of the word.

— Christopher Isherwood, Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties

In the empty expanses of space, the wandering traders need men like myself to care for the spiritual side of a life so given over to commerce, and worldly pursuits.

— Isaac Asimov, Foundation

I’ve been dead over seventy years and still when I hear a woman scream, I find myself standing, listening, wanting to help and unable to do anything except watch.

— Christina Dodd, Love Never Dies

Surprisingly, I came closer to really knowing myself, not because I feared death, because we were always aware of it, but rather because I was always challenging myself about what had led me there and about how strong my commitment really was.

— Aleida March, Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara

When I look back and reflect even to this day I made the decision to stop feeling sorry for myself and to move forward even when I felt like I didn’t want to

— Shellie Palmer

[A]ll these years, I had been telling myself that my feelings for you were a juvenile infatuation; a dream inspired by my secret hope that somewhere there could be a creature who could love me.

— Kellyn Roth, The Dressmaker’s Secret

I saw the apartment almost as a sanatorium, a hospice clinic for my own recovery. I painted the walls in the warmest colors I could find and bought myself flowers every week, as if I were visiting myself in the hospital.

— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

I contribute my best in my sport and I also have a ton of respect for myself and my family.

— Venus Williams

Life isn’t always easy. I struggle day to day. But I choose to live life to the fullest and keep reminding myself that I am stronger than ANYTHING that stands in my way.

— Tanya Masse

Keisha said… I’m going to ride you so hard you might regret seeking shelter here.Gabe replied… IF you don’t, I’m gonna need to go back out and throw myself into a snowbank just to cool off

— Avery Flynn, Betting the Billionaire

I can weave threads of myself into a tapestry already designed by others.

— Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

‘The Taxi Ride, ‘ from my second album, is one people want to hear a lot. I’m consciously trying to walk on the sunny side of the street, to really lift myself into a place of greater positivity, and that’s a sad song.

— Jane Siberry

I try to not be too hard on myself regarding my diet. I’ve always been a workout-to-eat kind of a girl. I like to eat, to say the least.

— Jennie Finch

I was a woman and did not yet think of myself as a writer. I was a mapmaker.

— Shay Youngblood, Black Girl in Paris

I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

I pulled myself back before wind could knock me down. I survived the wind and my own person.

— Manisha Bansal

The way I would choose to identify myself wouldn’t be gay. I’ve been attracted mostly to ‘shes’ but I’ve been with many people and I’m open to love wherever it can be.

— Ezra Miller

He locked gazes with her. “I have to wonder why you aren’t being straight with me. I hate getting myself killed without knowing why.

— B.J. Daniels, Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene

I’ve changed my diet a few times. Now I’m trying to eat more protein. I eat little meals throughout the day. I love food, so I still give myself great meals. Also, when I’m busy, it’s easy to lose weight.

— Michael Keaton

I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me.

— Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas

As much as I cared about him, I wasn’t a slave to fate. I could choose to ignore my feelings, strong as they were. It would be painful, but no more so than letting myself pine for my friend.

— J.M. Richards, Tall, Dark Streak of Lightning

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

— C. S. Lewis

My formula for life is very simple: in the morning, wake up; at night, go to sleep. In between I try and occupy myself as best I can.

— Cary Grant

I definitely learned a lesson this time. I know that I can be broken. I am not as tough as I thought. I see it now. At this point, it’s the only thing good that came out of all of this. I know myself better now and know what I have to do.

— Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

I always ask myself one question: what is human? What does it mean to be human? Maybe people will consider my new films brutal again. But this violence is just a reflection of what they really are, of what is in each one of us to certain degree.

— Kim Ki-duk

I’ve always loved fixing broken things.If something fixed by myself caused a smile, I’d feel saved. In that case it would be worth it. And I was delighted.

— Hiro Kiyohara, きみにしか聞こえない [Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai]

It took me six months to redeem myself at least to have another chance to at least have her get to know me and let her know I was at least a decent guy and to give me a shot. And here we are, we’ve been married seven years.

— Drew Brees

She was not willing to let others narrate her life and her death. While there is one person like her in this world, I will find myself defending both her right to struggle and our obligation to remember.

— Ariel Dorfman, Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey

Frickin’ hit me with the speeding car, now. Take away my intense craving to force myself against him and taste his lips.

— Gretchen de la O, Almost Eighteen

It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That’s how I come to know trees fear man.

— Alice Walker, The Color Purple

I’m always interested in trying to investigate different personalities. I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive, so that I don’t get too comfortable.

— Michael Fassbender

If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.

— E. Stanley Jones

There was a duplication of myself involved, perhaps even a triplication.There was I who was writing. There was I whom I could remember. And there was I of whom I wrote, the protagonist of the story.

— Christopher Priest, The Affirmation

I want to be with God all the time. But I don’t want to be a monk, or totally give up worldly pleasures. I guess what i want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

I would put myself in the attitude to look in the eye an abstract truth, and I cannot. I blench and withdraw on this side and on that. I seem to know what he meant who said, No man can see God face to face and live.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Somehow I could lose myself in the ocean the same way I could lose myself in a good book. Maybe it was because both involved suspension–a suspension of weight, a suspension of disbelief–a willingness to surrender to something greater than oneself.

— Eve Marie Mont, A Breath of Eyre

You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It’s the closest music to our humanity – it’s like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.

— Sonny Terry

Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear.And I, I can’t help but ask myself how much I let the fear take the wheel and steer.

— Wendy Higgins, Sweet Temptation

So once I shut down my privilege of disliking anyone I choose and holding myself aloof if I could manage it greater understanding growing compassion came to me.

— Catharine Marshall

I don’t need to fight and risk myself just to prove that I am more stronger.All I need is to show my smile that surely will irritate them.

— Nathaniel E. Quimada

I decided with this new awareness to dedicate my day to moving at my own natural, calm pace, and not pressuring myself to get going, get moving, or hurry up at all, something quite different from what I otherwise did.

— Sonia Choquette

One time, on Marine One, the president asked me my opinion. I had a flashback to being at the kitchen table with my dad. That dominant male figure set me up for being confident to express myself with precision and persuasion.

— Dana Perino

I wanted nothing more than her attention. Her thoughts filled with me. Her eyes lost in my image. I wanted her so badly I didn’t even realize I lost myself in the process. Now, when I look in the mirror, I only see her… where is me?

— Hubert Martin

I guess when I think about it, one of the things I like to dramatise, and what is sometimes funny, is someone coming unglued. I don’t consider myself someone who is making the argument that I support these choices. I just think it can be funny.

— Wes Anderson

I begin to cry as my walls of my resolve break down. I don’t know how long I can hold on. The pain is horrid and I curl into myself wrestling with a wish to die and a wish to live. Both have their perks. Only one will release me from this agony.

— Celia McMahon, Skye

It was deflating to realize how much my own family’s quality of life might improve if I replaced myself with a Fundamentalist stay-at-home daughter.

— Quinn Cummings

and I ask myself and you, which of our visions will claim uswhich will we claimhow will we go on livinghow will we touch, what will we knowwhat will we say to each other.

— Adrienne Rich

I had to stop myself from laughing. Who needs help taking a pill?

— Kiera Cass, The Selection

I don’t look at myself as a hero or smart person. I have a seventh-grade education, but I’ve had a lot of fun.

— Bobby Heenan

I can’t get enough of you, ” he said against her neck. “When I walk away from you I feel like I’ve cut myself off from breathing.

— Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

I’m working myself to death.

— Alan Ladd

‘You’re like starlight, ‘ Cam whispered, and his teeth scraped up my jaw. I shivered. ‘I could lose myself in you.’

— Lisa Henry, Dark Space

I love myself when I am laughing.

— Zora Neale Hurston

The truth is I do love you. Admitting that means opening myself up to all that pain when you leave. After you realize this wasn’t love, but gratitude.

— Kelly Moran, The Drake House

I lose part of myself that day and I don’t want to lose even more.

— Miranda Kenneally, Things I Can’t Forget

I’m going to bury myself so deep inside of you it’ll leave you feeling hollow when I’m not with you. ~Vince

— Vi Keeland, Worth the Chance

I always am in a role, lovely – for you, for them – even for myself. Yeah… Even when I’m alone, I am still in a role – and I myself am the most exacting audience I have ever had.

— Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

Suddenly I’ve got an overwhelming desire to surround myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art.

— Sylvester Stallone

You make your decisions for the greater good.But I don’t know a thing about what it takes to attack an investigator or the laws of the ghoul world either. That’s why I want to see it for myself before I decide what I’m going to do!

— Sui Ishida, 東京喰種トーキョーグール 2 [Tokyo Guru 2]

I destroyed myself because I thought no one will destroy me that way but I guess I was wrong… they’re stonger.

— Marivil

But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways ….. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.

— Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’m a terrible actor. I’m still learning. When I first started, I wish I knew then to trust myself more, really. I was in a terrible panic in the early part of my career.

— Hugh Grant

I longed to return to that bloody riverbank, to throw myself in the path of the final arrow, to die ignorant, and so, in love. Better to be killed by an arrow than by the words of the one I most trusted.

— Robin Wasserman, The Book of Blood and Shadow

It won’t be disagreeable, ” he said. “It can be made quite enjoyable.”“Oh, it had better be, ” she said tartly. “I’ve heard plenty over the years on your amatory prowess. If I’m not on the roof crowing, I will consider myself disappointed.

— Sherry Thomas, Ravishing the Heiress

I want to forget myself in you…” #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion

— OlgaGOA

I took a gap year myself after high school and worked on a farm near Lyon, France. I stayed with the Vallet family, picked and packed fruit, and discovered that red wine can be a breakfast drink. That led to further travel as a university student.

— Nicholas Kristof

I learned early in my career to not let myself get in the way of humor but, instead, find what is great in a talented person.

— Tamra Davis

I closed my eyes and resigned myself to the fact that my boyfriend was a pervert. He was lucky he was so cute.

— J.M. Colail, Wes and Toren

My problem was not only drinking; it was selfishness. The booze was leading me to put myself ahead of others, especially my family. I loved Laura and the girls too much to let that happen. Faith showed me a way out.

— George W. Bush, Decision Points

I was being very bad because I didn’t know how to express myself. Music gave me an outlet to express myself and channel that anger.

— Tory Lanez

I accept my body and its defects.I accept my characterand its weaknesses.I love myself as a perfect partof a perfect Whole.

— Human Angels, 365 Mantras for today

I’m enjoying myself this year and for once I’m not chasing my fitness.

— Jamie Redknapp

People love dogs. This is, I hope, the least surprising sentence you will read in this book. I myself have had long discussions with my dog friends, and by that I mean my friends who are dogs.

— Bill Nye, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator – that’s beyond my conceit.

— Christopher Hitchens

I consider myself a Hindu Christian Moslem Jew Buddhist and Confucian.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I just never let anything bother me, man. I know myself really well. Nobody’s opinion of me can shake my opinion of myself.

— Ruben Studdard

I can’t keep myself from creativity. Ideas flash like lightning burning my bones. It must flow out of my hands or it will burst me apart.

— Patricia Robin Woodruff

I’ve always used poetry to explain myself to myself. These things just sat in my psyche and then came out.

— Jonathan Galassi

. . . I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.

— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It’s not vanity to feel you have a right to be beautiful. Women are taught to feel we’re not good enough, that we must live up to someone else’s standards. But my aim is to cherish myself as I am.

— Elle Macpherson

Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

Every morning I read the obituaries. If it ain’t there I make myself a cup of tea and carry on like I have the past century or so.

— Lois Greiman, One Hot Mess

I used to call myself a single-issue voter on the essential question of defending civilization against its terrorist enemies and their totalitarian protectors, and on that ‘issue’ I hope I can continue to expose and oppose any ambiguity.

— Christopher Hitchens

The fact is that a car used by Gerry Adams and myself during the course of the Mitchell review was bugged by elements within British military intelligence.

— Martin McGuinness

I am afraid that I rather give myself away when I explain, ” said he. “Results without causes are much more impressive.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

— Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy

I realize myself that hate wastes a lot of time and energy and I would rather re-direct any energy that I have to good and positive use.

— Julian Cope

I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts – spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back – length of life.

— Rose Kennedy

They’re only askin’ you to do one thing. From what Rogue says, you ain’t exactly reluctant.”“F**k myself into a coma. Sure, I can do that. Then what?”“Uh, wait an hour?

— Michelle O’Leary, Light of Kaska

If tears were liquor, I’d have drunk myself sick.

— Mark Lanegan

For me, learning is a continuous process and an all-inclusive one – reading a book, learning a musical instrument or learning the martial art called taekwondo. Teach myself something new – that’s my prayer.

— Sonu Nigam

You don’t have to be a good person to feel like a good person, though. There’s a loophole I found where I don’t do good, helpful things, but I keep myself in a perpetual state of thinking I might.

— Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I always feel myself being thrust back into loneliness when someone tells me it’s cold on a hot day. It isn’t good to talk so much about the weather — weather is a highly personal matter, and communication on the subject inevitably fails.

— Yōko Tawada, Memoirs of a Polar Bear

You are a manipulator.I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.

— J.R. Ward, Lover Eternal

And I came to understand, in a way I never had before, that books are truly the stuff of miracles. I even dared to dream that someday, somehow, I might surround myself with books from many times and many tongues…

— T.A. Barron, The Lost Years

A few years ago I lost 30 pounds, and people still wanted to criticize. And honestly, I’m happy with myself if I’m a little heavier. I realized: ‘Why am I trying to conform to someone else’s idea of beauty?’ I think I’m beautiful either way.

— Khloe Kardashian

When I’m not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg.

— Snoop Dogg

LEXI: I’d settled for this awful existence because I’d convinced myself it was better than being alone….But it’s not.

— T.S. Joyce, Air Ryder

You are the master of my heart. I am a slave to you’re soul. Intertwined in a perfect embrace that I will never release myself from.

— Truth Devour, Unrequited

The older I grow, the more I find myself alone.

— Alberto Giacometti

I’ve never considered myself a celebrity or even part of the entertainment business. I’m a cooking teacher.

— Martin Yan

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

— June Jordan

Greatness demands that I understand that I am not nearly as big as I thought myself to be, but that I am capable of becoming far bigger than I ever imagined myself to be.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

I have, he went on, betrayed myself withbelief, deluded myself with lovetricked myself with sex.the bottle is damned faithful, he said, the bottle will not lie

— Charles Bukowski, Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

I’m a humor writer, so I don’t always present myself in the best light.

— Jen Lancaster

my only complaints are two:that I didn’t make myself readyfor you sooner in life, thatI can’t give you better, Love you more.

— Jan Beatty

But I do care. I hate myself for it, but I can’t fight this desperate need to try. Try to fit in. Try to make this school experience different than all the previous ones.

— Erin Watt, Paper Princess

I’ve always considered myself a fairly romantic person. I believe in love and falling in love at a young age.

— Mandy Moore

I realized that if my thoughts immediately affect my body, I should be careful about what I think. Now if I get angry, I ask myself why I feel that way. If I can find the source of my anger, I can turn that negative energy into something positive.

— Yoko Ono

Doesn’t seem quite real. It’s not meaningful. I can’t quite imagine myself being 73. That’s the age my father was! [Laughter.] How can I be his age? It’s weird.

— Don DeLillo

I lost myself there — my mind imagining what was under his towel and what I would like to do to him. – Emma

— Martha Sweeney, Breathe In

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.

— Russell Baker

When I wake up in the morning, I like to refresh myself and put some tonic on – one with vitamin C – and then an oxygen cream with vitamins A, C, and E. That’s very important to me so that my skin will stay moisturized throughout the day.

— Melania Trump

At least when I’m sleeping I can dream myself back to Alex, can dream myself into a different world.

— Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

I myself must mix with action lest I wither by despair.

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson

My mind floats like ash. I blame myself most cruelly.

— Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Being sorry for myself is a luxury I can’t afford.

— Stephen King

I had drunk myself to oblivion, Stepped from the room into a dreamless slumber, My consciousness had parted ways, Taking a well-earned vacation.

— Morris R. Gates

Hardwork and perseverance were the keyOne way ticket out of this hellThought I should make myself worthyOf the quest that lied aheaf

— Nirab karki

I felt like I was in danger of vanishing, though at the same time the feelings I had were so raw and overwhelming that I often wished I could find a way of losing myself altogether, perhaps for a few months, until the intensity diminished.

— Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

I saw myself as a teacher’s pet but with a little of Ed Haskell mixed in. I was the teacher’s pet, but that didn’t mean that I was trying to pull one over.

— Damon Lindelof

I uncapped the blade, flung open the door, and found myself face-to-face with a black pe

— Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

But I comforted myself with the thought that the reward for every discomfort I suffered for God was a spiritual blessing.

— Kristiane Backer, From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life

They cannot scare me with their empty spacesBetween stars—on stars where no human race is.I have it in me so much nearer homeTo scare myself with my own desert places.

— Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost

I’ve learned to take time for myself and to treat myself with a great deal of love and respect ’cause I like me…. I think I’m kind of cool.

— Whoopi Goldberg

love is my thighs, this belly, my eyes.love is my speech, the search, my cry.love is myself in the mirror.i will see love every time.

— Ava, You Are Safe Here.

Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, “This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.

— Jane Goodall

When I was a young girl, I lost a lot of weight over one summer – involuntarily – and was just really depressed and sad. There was nothing I could do to gain weight. I would look in the mirror and call myself disgusting every day.

— Tyra Banks

I didn’t see myself as the busty type. Too bad bodies are issued randomly, not selected to match your personality

— Phoebe Kitanidis, Glimmer

My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself afraid of what I think or of my opinions.

— Eartha Kitt

I am not seeing myself in your eyes, I think someone has replaced me

— Zarak Shakeel

Snooki is a bestselling author? Huh? What? I don’t know if I should dumb down my book, shoot myself or find a publisher who’ll settle for a rough draft written on a Pop-Tart and a coconut lotion handie..

— Geoffrey Hill

I am now a faded image of my former being, I let that persona go.I like myself for who I am and I choose to be, me.

— Tina J. Richardson

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am then I can change.

— Carl Rogers

Sam: I’ve never considered myself a finicky eater. No pie ever crossed my path and survived.

— Jaime Reed, Living Violet

I walk around engrossed in my stories and worlds, and I love losing myself in them!

— Samuel Colbran, Lake Merrin

I was up all night just to talk to myself about you.

— Debasish Mridha

I have been a teacher myself all my life. I have an intense passion to share with people. Our only salvation is in knowledge, in learning.

— Leo Buscaglia

I’ve struggled with depression before. For me, music was always a very positive way to will myself out of that situation.

— Washed Out

I know. I’m lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have ’til December, right?

— Catherine O’Hara

What she meant was that I let my emotions control me. I was letting myself be helpless to them, and when we think we are our emotions, instead of our emotions being something we experience, or can let go of, or survive… they’re in control.

— Jude Sierra, What It Takes

I look myself in the mirror and see what I am inside. In a glimpse, I find the perfection in the imperfect evidence of the former existence.”Katia M. S.

— Katia M. S.

Being a mother of two myself – and two small girls – I think that single parenting is hard.

— Sarah Clarke

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

— Edward Abbey

Warlord, you once told me I’d always know what you’re thinking. What are your thoughts now?””Partly, I’m thinking that I might shame myself in my trews, just from the feel of you next to me.

— Kresley Cole, Dreams of a Dark Warrior

I killed the Google Alert I used to have on myself two years ago. I don’t need any more information about myself. I get more than enough of that just by being me.

— Lev Grossman

The hard part wasn’t breaking up. The hard part is forcing myself to fall out of love with you.

— Dominic Riccitello

I surround myself with positive, productive people of good will and decency.

— Ted Nugent

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.

— Albert Einstein

But I stayed up thinking about how I’ve been lying to him, no less than I lie to myself in my pre-sleep ritual. And I lied to him again just as we were growing more intimate than ever and he asked me about my scar.

— Zack Love, Anissa’s Redemption

Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young.

— Hugh Hefner

He pulled off the condom brusquely, wiped the head on my cheek, and threw it in the gutter.  My humiliation was scorching hot.  I couldn’t help touching myself yet another time.  His eyes called me ‘slut’ as I came again.

— kimber nilsson

Less is less. Heartbreak is heartbreak. You think I’m sitting here gloating. Telling myself that my suffering beats yours? Hurt is hurt. You don’t measure these things.

— Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You

I think that being read to every night is the reason why I was plowing through volume after volume of ‘Nancy Drew’ books all by myself by the time I reached the first grade. I loved stories. I loved the escape. I had a vivid imagination.

— Rachel Nichols

It seemed to me that boys had a lot more fun. It was a relief. I didn’t look at myself from the outside. I just lived inside my skin, looking out.

— Nancy Horan, Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Supporting myself at an early age was the best training for life I could have possibly received.

— Lea Thompson

Give me a literary love that doesn’t need words, that flows like silent water and speaks to the bone. There I lose myself in the fantasy.

— Julie Harvey Delcourt, Rook and Raven

It was me who had to carry myself over the finish line, and all I needed to remember when I felt like not trying was that that feeling wouldn’t last forever.

— Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Problem with Forever

I used to be neurotic. I didn’t like myself very much. But somewhere in my mid-40s, my neuroses stopped seeming so important. I developed a sense of humor.

— Joanne Woodward

How do you live with yourself, Lord Arrogant?” “Very easily, Lady Difficult. I find myself quitecharming.

— G.A. Aiken, About a Dragon

I always hear myself saying, ‘She’s a beauty!’ or ‘He’s a beauty!’ or ‘What a beauty!’ but I never know what I’m talking about.

— Andy Warhol

I’m not very into pastas or heavy foods like meat, but pastries, especially if they come from a really nice French bakery, I go crazy over! I try to allow myself those little treats in the morning for breakfast, then I have a lighter lunch.

— Barbara Fialho

It no longer makes me cry and die and tear myself to see her go because everything goes away from me like that now — girls, visions, anything, just in the same way and forever and I accept lostness forever.

— Jack Kerouac

Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.

— Albert Camus

I walk to rid myself of the terror of cancer, and to overcome the fear of it coming back. The fear may never completely fade, but actively engaging life – whatever that may involve – reminds me of the joy each day can bring.

— Edie Littlefield Sundby, The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live…

My life motto is ‘Do my best, so that I can’t blame myself for anything.’

— Magdalena Neuner

I felt like a failure for so long because I wasn’t able to access myself in the way I knew I would have if I was going to make music that mattered. I knew I was going to have to learn how to be honest.

— John Grant

I found myself with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause.

— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:”Fool!” said my muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.

— Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella

To fill the fathomless caverns of my thirsty soul I must work entirely contrary to impulses of my own humanity, for it is in emptying myself at the very point where I am most empty that I fill myself.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

It is strange the way that someone who wants to find you guilty can start to make you believe in your own guilt, even when you know you are innocent. I was afraid I would condemn myself my mistake.

— S.J. Parris, Heresy

I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous [person], the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the [person] in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable.

— Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

I thought of computers as very low class. I thought of myself as a pure mathematician and was interested in partial differential equations and topology and things like that.

— Whitfield Diffie

Wesley’s touch lingers on my skin. His music echoes through my head. I remind myself as I scrub my skin that we are both liars and con artists. That we will always have secrets, some that bind us and some that cut between us, slicing us into pieces.

— Victoria Schwab, The Unbound

I have no pity for myself either. So let it be Veronal. But I wish Hercule Poirot had never retired from work and come here to grow vegetable marrows.

— Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

It’s been so long since I’ve let myself feel anger that I don’t just feel it. It covers my mouth and I swallow it down, the taste sharp and metal as though I’m gnawing through foilware.

— Ally Condie, Crossed

I’d rater share the glory of a hit than star by myself in a flop

— Kate Jackson

The windowpane was freezing, but I was pressing myself against it anyway, like one of those dazzled little kids at the aquarium, the ones that look like they want to melt through the glass, like they’re about to swoon from an overdose of beauty.

— Alyson Foster, God Is an Astronaut

I really don’t think in the past. I sit down with many friends at dinner, and they like to talk about the good old days. I’m respectful of the good old days, but I find myself spending very little time reminiscing. I’m really looking forward.

— Donald Bren

I decided that, if I were to write a teen series, I’d want to set it in a place that was familiar to me – Manhattan, where I’d grown up – and I’d model the characters on myself and my friends.

— Cecily von Ziegesar

It is through victims such as myself who still have a voice that the world will change to be a better place.

— Catherine Jane Fisher, I am Catherine Jane: The True Story of One Woman’s Quest for Justice

And I went into the new year loving myself a little less, but a little more where it actually mattered.

— Dominic Riccitello

I want to douse myself in silver words and whisper away all rue.

— Basith, Autopsy of the seasons

But even a medicine man like myself has to have some money, because you force me to live in your make-believe world where I can’t get along without it.

— John Lame Deer, The Man Who Quit Money

I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.

— Franz Kafka

Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.

— Paulo Coelho

Every day I must prove to myself I am a writer. The knowledge goes away in my sleep. What I wrote yesterday was paltry, meager, so flawed it is barely anything. Or, if it is good, I am no longer the person who could write it.

— Bonnie Friedman, Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life

Before I can stop myself I throw my half-eaten banana at him and it hits him on the back of his neck.He spins around, wipes his neck and looks down at the banana on the floor.”Did you really just fruitally assault me?

— Ella Dominguez, The Art of Domination

And I think that in myself (and perhaps evident in what I write) fear of loss and the corresponding instinct to protect myself against loss are potent forces.

— Richard Ford

If it’s the benefit to myself that drives my decisions, I can know that I’m driving down a long road with a short bridge.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Every two months, I allow myself a splurge day where I eat thick, doughy pizza from Pizzeria Uno or an ice cream sundae from my store with birthday-cake ice cream, Marshmallow Fluff, and toppings mixed in.

— Dylan Lauren

I do not live when I loose belief in the existence of God. I should long ago have killed myself had I not had a dim hope of finding Him. I live really live only when I feel him and seek Him

— Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

Now you have to kiss me so my feelings aren’t hurt.””I meant to hurt your feelings, ” Charlotte said.”I guess that means I’ll have to kiss you myself so I feel better.

— Andrea Cremer, The Inventor’s Secret

I could see myself in a relationship with a girl Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She’s mesmerizing.

— Megan Fox

Self-correction makes me check the ruler of my life against the yardstick of my inner voice. I acknowledge when I don’t measure up. Self-correction is an ongoing process. If done often enough, I can stop myself from straying off the path.

— Stella Payton

The need to document my insanity is an affliction I have not yet cured myself of…

— Lydia Lunch, Incriminating Evidence: The Collected Writings of Lydia Lunch

I keep myself busy with things to do, but every-time i pause, i still think f you.

— Courtt

We were restless for ages…After a while I heard an owl hooting and calmed myself by thinking of it flying over the dark fields – and then I remembered it would be pouncing on mice. I love owls, but I wish God had made them vegetarian.

— Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

At last I found love in literature, songs, movies except my Life. Should i thank myself for discovering the feeling or should I lament that it was never part of my life?

— Ramana Pemmaraju

I wouldn’t call myself a geek, but I do sometimes teach Mommy and Daddy stuff about computers. And I do watch TV, but only informative programmes like the news and documentaries.

— Adora Svitak

I also know I’m not going to stay away. I’m going to grab onto her and let myself get cut. I’m good at pain. I’m good at bleeding, emotionally and physically.

— Jasinda Wilder, Falling into You

I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition.

— Stephen Hawking

I liked to feel I had to do things perfectly; I felt I was earning my freedom. Though I was in hiding, and though I worked every day until midnight, I felt I was much more in charge of myself than I had ever been.

— V.S. Naipaul

The past is a shadow, so I hid in the darkness. Little did I know I had made myself the unsuspecting prey of unseen predator. For only in light can you see what is dark.

— Dina Luate-Wani

Early in my songwriting career, when I was learning a lot about writing songs, I’d force myself to sit down until I came up with something.

— Luke Bryan

i was lieing to myself when I thought I was lost, I have never been lost – I just wasn’t ready to be found.

— Nikki Rowe

…Who knows what death, anxiety of the living, Who knows what loneliness, end of the lovingI could say to myself of the love (I had): Let it not be immortal, since it is flame But let it be infinite while it lasts.

— Vinicius de Moraes

I was just teasing, ” I say. “I myself don’t like to eat plain butter, but hey, it’s a free world.

— Lauren Myracle, Bliss

Do you think I will suffer myself to be baffled?

— Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret

When things get unbearable, I wrap myself into a tight ball and shut my eyes. Every muscle in my body is tense. I open my eyes and I’m still where I was when I closed them to escape. Nothing’s changed.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

I just try to try to keep an attitude that I don’t know what I’m doing. Not to the point where I’m beating myself up, but I just go in thinking that I have a lot to learn. And I hope I still have that attitude 30 years from now.

— Tobey Maguire

I like to remind myself that every morning I’m making a choice to live.

— Sebastian Horsley

The bravest thing I ever did was leave there. The next bravest thing I did was come back, to make myself heard.

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

The app saved three minutes of my time. But in the process, it cut a neighborhood business out of the economic equation. And, in a way, I had cut off myself from the inconvenient, maddening, but all-too-necessary messiness of human interaction.

— Nick Bilton

It was a puzzle, a dark and lonely one, and if I were a piece in this puzzle, I did not know where it belonged. I needed to put myself aside, just for a little while, until I saw where I might fit in.

— Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me.

— Edvard Munch

I call myself the Amusement Park. That’s because I’m funny and scary at the same time.

— Terry Crews

I can feel myself getting happier as the days go on and it’s the greatest feeling ever. Nothing is better than self improvement.

— Genereux Philip

What’s truly important–and what I find myself forgetting and having to relearn–is that right here, right now, I am free. Free to be myself and to express myself.

— Kat Von D., Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing

I allowed myself a microscopic view into his ice-colored eyes. It was like viewing one of those photographs of the Arctic region – very foreign, exotic, clearly a place you’ve never dreamed of going.

— Vicki Covington, Bird of Paradise

I’m planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That’s hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded.

— Ingmar Bergman, The Magic Lantern

I often find myself grateful for the comfort of strangers; a man who gave up his seat for me on the bus, a woman who helped me out with a heavy shopping bag. Remembering small acts of kindness puts the world in a finer, sweeter order.

— Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

I’m not really angry at you.I’m just angry at myself for not doing anything.

— Anthony T. Hincks

And, obviously as a, as one who likes to travel around myself a lot, I think the Earth is a beautiful place. And, I’m looking forward to some new perspectives.

— Duane G. Carey

I pride myself on making my own decisions, sir, ” she said. “I do not welcome gentlemen making them for me.

— Sara Sheridan, On Starlit Seas

In my fantasies, I was always caught up in heroic struggles, and I saw myself saving lives, sacrificing myself for others. I had far loftier ambitions than mere romance.

— Irene Gut Opdyke, In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

I am not possessive at all. In every relationship I have had, the girl has left me. And the fundamental complaint has been that I am self-contained. I am just comfortable with myself and am always on an adventure.

— Shekhar Kapur

I like interesting myself in the lives of others. God put these people in my life for a reason. Maybe for my learning. Hopefully to help them. I like it when I can help. My heart aches for those who suffer and walk a difficult path.

— Kirn Hans, Behind My Mask

At first, I was scared to show fear because you can never be sure how people will perceive you. But I dared myself to do that, to stand out. Now I’ll talk about being beaten up or robbed or making a stupid decision because of a girl or whatever.

— Kendrick Lamar

I needed only to allow myself to know what I already knew.

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

I took a deep breath of the syrupy sweetness of summer, suffused with bees and birds, and I thought to myself how beautiful this world can be. How lucky we are to be here, to be part of it, for however long we have.

— Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

Before I start a project, I always ask myself the following question. Why is this book worth a year of my life? There needs to be something about the theme, the technique, or the research that makes the time spent on it worthwhile.

— David Morrell

One of the most difficult things I ever did was learn to support myself through my whole range of emotional experiences without running away.

— Vironika Tugaleva

But, it’s not what they think of you that matters, it’s what you think of yourself. If I’d said something mean to them, I wouldn’t like myself very much.

— M. Latimer-Ridley, Temperance

I’d love to wrap myself inside your sadness and pretend it is mine

— Amy Reed, Crazy

Every damn breath hurt like hell, but I kept Breathing too. I told myself it would be a privilege to breathe through pain like that for the rest of my life – just knowing each breath was a gift.

— Rachel Van Dyken

… I wanted Ambiades to understand that I considered myself a hierarchy of one.

— Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief

I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest — blest beyond what language can express because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.

— Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

And I find myself asking again and again…. What was it about such a beautiful man, who was able to leave such ugly scars?

— Alfa H, Abandoned Breaths

Humour is the most engaging cowardice. With it myself I have been able to hold some of my enemy in play far out of gunshot.

— Robert Frost

I keep telling myself sensible things, but I never seem to listen!

— K. Farrell St. Germain

Why do I do anything?’ she says. ‘I’m educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I’m so smart I can negate any dream.

— Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

My heart had been touched by him, battered by him, cradled by him as the days passed. He was cruel without meaning to be yet he was kind, and I needed him too much to let myself want him

— Mackenzie Herbert, Chasing Trains

How can I blame others, when I cannot stop myself committing crimes?

— M.F. Moonzajer

I read, write and create. I must lose myself in work, so that there is no space for the other/anything else.

— Patricia Highsmith

I am focused on what needs to be done for the people of Israel. Period. I do not pity myself and I do not pat myself on the shoulder. I get up in the morning full of energy to fulfill my mission.

— Ehud Olmert

I don’t stress myself about my looks. I love to laugh. I like being able to lead an interesting life.

— Monica Bellucci

read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.

— Malala Yousafzai

Perhaps I should just bury myself and become a diamond after thousands of years of intense pressure

— Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal

I found myself tumbling down a 2000-foot face and my senses were so reduced. I couldn’t hear anything. It was totally peaceful. I was totally calm.

— Travis Rice

It was tempting to take refuge in feelings of British superiority, although I disliked myself for it and hoped it didn’t show.

— John Mole, It’s All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina–and Real Greeks

For many people, myself included, the end of the world is happening all the time! It is a form of criticality that paradoxically gives us hope for change and improvement.

— Douglas Coupland

Yep, I was so mature, I decided I would just have to reward myself by doing the naked lambada with a Federal Agent.

— Fiona Skye, Faerie Tales

To label myself is similar to thinking that I can come up with a single phrase to explain the universe.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

It’s as if when I open myself up to every perception, things create their own focus.

— Kristin Cashore, Graceling

I am fashionably unimpressed with the material world. I am moved by the beauty of aspiration, and I hope that I can elevate myself to the standards I have imposed on others.

— Mike Corbett, Laughter of the Damned

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.

— Robert Frost

If I let myself care, all I’ll feel is pain.

— L.J. Smith

Nothing energizes me more than to burrow myself under a pile of received wisdom and emerge triumphant with the truth.

— Timothy Noah

Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.

— Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

I no longer needed to peel myself of my skin, or to hide. To Dash the colorless ephemeral things that existed just beneath my surface were as vivid as the beauty marks he traced on my cheek.

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

One month. Thirty days. I could bury myself in my art and forget the feel of his lips sliding across mine. I could forget the scent of his cologne, the way my body reacted when he touched me. I sighed. Thirty days suddenly seemed like an eternity.

— E.M. Denning, Boomerang

Showing up underdressed is as smart as standing in the marketplace and shouting you’ve become an agent for the crown.””I’d hang myself first. I hate being a female.””Well until you sprout a beard and cock there you are.

— Lynn Viehl, Her Ladyship’s Curse

I was still sitting there, too unsure of myself to say anything, when Nicolas kissed me.’Let’s go to bed, ‘ he said softly.

— Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

No sooner is it a little calmer with me than it is almost too calm as though I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy

— Franz Kafka

I found an empty chairand sat on itto find myself even emptier.I found a broken glassand looked at itto see my dissolved facea little prettierI found a steep doorwayand enteredin order to close my exit.From the poem ‘Blue Stanzas

— Munia Khan, Beyond The Vernal Mind

On and on they went these nevers, but despite their random natures I found myself following almost every one. Perhaps because I never wanted to disappoint my father.

— Nicholas Sparks

I would have liked to experience more of the heptapods’ worldview, to feel the way they feel. Then, perhaps I could immerse myself fully in the necessity of events, as the must, instead of merely wading in its surf for the rest of my life.

— Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

I think it’s important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. I want longevity. I don’t want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin.

— Aaliyah

That is why I often find myself at such cross-purposes with the modern world: I have been a converted Pagan living among apostate Puritans.

— C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Being pampered is great, but sometimes I like to do those things myself because it’s a little therapeutic and gives me some downtime for myself – and I need that.

— Annie Ilonzeh

As an actress, I have put myself out there as an independent black woman, a single mom, a go-getter, a hustler who isn’t afraid to survive.

— LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

I was always observing. Even while talking, living, going through every motion, I was watching myself and the situation. That’s a writer. Always observing.

— Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction

I would be lying if I said it wasn’t cool to see myself on the cover of ‘Vanity Fair, ‘ right? It’s, like, what am I doing there? This is bizarre.

— Megyn Kelly

There are strings in the human heart which must never be sounded by another, and drinks that I make myself are those strings in mine.

— Charles Dickens

All about us were people. Perhaps a hundred. Men. Experience had taught me that humans were cruelest when segregated by sex, and the cold feeling in the pit of my stomach became led. What had I let myself in for?

— C.S. Friedman, The Madness Season

I have told myself you are not allowed to hurt me anymore. That’s what hurts the most.

— pleasefindthis

I design for myself and the first question I ask is, ‘Would I wear it?’

— Claudia Schiffer

How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.

— Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Writing is such a lonely work that I try to keep myself cheered up.

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

I turn my back on him as he goes, and settle myself in the parlor, and touch Ma’s piano.My fingers leave sighsin the dust.

— Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

I called it a baptism in flaming ink that forced me to shed my shyness about recognizing myself as a poet and to accept the fact that life had never given me any choice in the matter. And then I had to discover exactly what that meant.

— Aberjhani, The American Poet Who Went Home Again

Life would move on with or without me, and I didn’t need to change myself in order to be beautiful, or happy, or worthly of love. I already was.

— Aubrey Rose, Me, Cinderella?

I’ve never tried to reach a certain demographic of an audience or try to say, ‘OK, now I’m going to do this type of film to transition myself into more adult roles.’ Or a romantic hero. Or whatever it may be – you know what I mean?

— Leonardo DiCaprio

And the reason I’m telling you all this is that I want you to know no one in my life has ever made me feel worse about myself than you.

— Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

Feeling sorry for myself was an art.

— Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Failure is another emotion I cannot stand to feel, because in adult life I have conditioned myself not to fail at anything. Failure takes me straight back to the feelings of worthlessness I grew up with as a stammering, reclusive little boy.

— Jake Wood, Among You: The Extraordinary True Story of a Soldier Broken By War

I prefer having sex with myself rather than with someone who wants something instead.


Why shouldn’t a mystical theology be possible? ‘I want to touch God or become God, ‘ I declared in my journal. All through that year I abandoned myself intermittently to these deliriums.

— Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

I learned easily and had time to follow my inclination for sports (light athletics and skiing) and chemistry, which I taught myself by reading all textbooks I could get.

— Robert Huber

I just believe that the feeling of wonder is amazing. I am pushing myself as far as I can humanly push myself… I can only hope for the best and expect the worse.

— David Blaine

To create myself from nothing.

— S.J. Watson

Most photographers work best alone, myself included.

— Elliott Erwitt

You’ve no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself – and how little I deserve it.

— W. S. Gilbert

I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain so to speak and kind of being able to vent it through my music.

— Chester Bennington

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

— Lord Byron

One of the key things I did to stay on my diet is I never allowed myself to get hungry. As soon as I got hungry, I’d eat healthy foods.

— Stephen Furst

To me, re-reading my favorite books is like spending time with my best friends.I’d never be satisfied to limit myself to just one experience each with my favorite people.

— C.S. Lewis

I always thought eating was a ridiculous activity anyway. I’d get out of it myself if I could, though you’ve got to do it to stay alive, they tell me.

— Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman

By his [God’s] help I will arise and address myself diligently to my appointed duty. If happiness in this world is not for me, I will endeavor to promote the welfare of those around me, and my reward shall be hereafter.

— Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

I guess I could drive myself crazy trying to figure out why he left me but I can’t, all I can do is move on, Parisa replied, the words came out smoother and easier than she expected.

— A. Petrov

I looked always outside of myself to see what I could make the world give me instead of looking within myself to see what was there.

— Belle Livingstone

I left myself out of humanity by focusing on differences. This isolation only strengthened Ed” (17)

— Jenni Schaefer, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life

-Are you nervous to meet my family? -No, not really.They’re either going to like me or they won’t. All I can do is to be myself and hope for the best.

— Jacob Chance, Penalty

My father referred to it as “the finest song ever written for fifteen fingers.” He made me play it when I was getting too full of myself and felt I needed humbling. Suffice to say I practice it with fair regularity, sometimes more than once a day.

— Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

CALVIN:When I grow up I want to be an inventor. First I will invent a time machine. Then I’ll come back to yesterday and take myself to tomorrow and skip this dumb assignment.

— Bill Watterson

Embrace lousy days. I’ve learned to remind myself easy days are part of the deal, and a great day is just around the corner.

— Dan John, Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning

This much I knew and know: I was making myself hideously uncomfortable by not narrowing my attention to details of life which were immediately important, and by refusing to believe what my neighbors believed.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Breakfast of Champions

Do you expect to learn anything at Shiz?” he asked. “I have already learned not to speak to strangers.” “Then I will introduce myself and we will be strangers no longer. I am Dillamond.” “I am disinclined to know you.

— Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

As much as I would love to do roles in big movies and am keen to establish myself in the industry. I don’t want to sacrifice things that I really enjoy, like spending time with my family and friends.

— Will Poulter

And I thought to myself how those fast little articles forget everything, everything, while we, old lovers, treasure every inch of their nymphancy

— Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

I will not compare myself with others, nor them with me. I will appreciate myself and others for what I and they contribute.

— Gail Blanke, Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life

I love cooking for myself and cooking for my family.

— Al Roker

Or deep down, maybe there was more. Maybe I wanted someone to figure out who wrote the note and secretly come to my rescue.Maybe. I don’t know. But I was careful never to give myself away.

— Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Sometimes at night when the moon is almost full and my hands go numb from writing, I cleanse myself of her poisoned love. I welcome the water, the inevitability of death and embrace the long painful road out of love.

— A.P. Sweet, dead, but dreaming

I cared about them. I wanted them to feel better, to live better lives. And then it occurred to me – I cared about myself. I wanted me to live a better life, too Caring about myself was allowing me to care about others.

— Cate Tiernan, Immortal Beloved

I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.

— Chip Gaines, The Magnolia Story

I’ve been poked and prodded in places I’d always prided myself on keeping untouched for that one special doctor who gives me a ring and a promise someday.

— Libba Bray

I started living when I learnt to be patient with myself and others, I have learnt to forgive myself and others and I have learnt to continually cheer myself when the going gets tough.

— Stan The Man SA

… I didn’t know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

I have lost and loved and won and cried myself to the person I am today.

— Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

Oh, merciless freedom, you continue to overwhelm me! You demand that I challenge myself and feel ashamed, and yet continue to feel so outrageously proud to live a life full of my desires.

— Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop

A costume party… great… a chance for the bimbos to whore themselves out with no penalty of conscience. I found myself excruciatingly curious as to what she was going as, a sailor? No. A pilot. That would be something

— Bruce Crown, Forlorn Passions

I got into this little habit of architecture and building. I designed a house in Colorado and one in Hawaii. The idea is supposed to be build and sell – but then I can never bring myself to sell them.

— Trey Parker

I use so much of myself in everything I do. I think every actor does because you have no one else to go to but yourself and your own imagination.

— Pierce Brosnan

There’s not much that I can find in places where there is nothing to find. However, to avoid facing God I find myself spending a lot of time in those very places.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Just because I’ve gone and snagged myself a hot boyfriend doesn’t mean I’m going to leave my bestfriend high and dry.

— Becca Fitzpatrick, Crescendo

Loving her, and being loved, was the only way I could hold myself together.

— Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

…it always makes me feel good about myself when I’ve dressed appropriately. It happens so rarely.

— Eileen Rendahl, Don’t Kill The Messenger

I forgot for a second that he was my ancestral enemy, and felt bad for him; then i consoled myself that bird poop brings good luck

— Rob Reger, The Lost Days

I stop to brace myself against the walls, which are painted with the fingerprints of family.

— Nancy B. Brewer

He stares at me—taking me in—with his lips slightly parted. I struggle to hold myself in place as we gawk at each other. I want so desperately to run, but something is holding me back, keeping me in place.

— Ashley Earley, Alone in Paris

I already knew that I had the ability to free myself from hatred, and I viewed this as my most significant conquest.

— Ingrid Betancourt, Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Every now and then I sit and watch the sun rise to remind myself how it’s done—peacefully, steadily, warmly, and in beautiful color.

— Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

My eyes were stinging, my body shaking, and my heart seemed to be just aching deep in my chest. (…)I should have let myself smash down the rocks. It would have hurt a whole lot less

— Keri Arthur, Embraced by Darkness

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

— Nelson Mandela

I ask myself everyday what my life is doing to me and I realize I don’t have anybody I can talk to.””You should have” said the Doctor “everybody should.

— Henning Mankell, The Dogs of Riga

As a woman I have a country; as a woman I cannot divest myself of that country merely bu condemning its government or by saying three times “As a woman my country is the whole world.” -Notes Towards a Politics of Location.

— Adrienne Rich

Killy arched an eyebrow in disbelief. “Don’t be thinkin’ you can deceive this old man. I’ve been makin’ a fool of myself over women since before you were born.

— Pamela Clare, Defiant

I always had the uncomfortable feeling that if I wasn’t sitting in front of a computer typing, I was wasting my time–but I pushed myself to take a wider view of what was “productive.” Time spend with my family and friends was never wasted.

— Gretchen Rubin, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

Rage and hurt coalesce into a stone in my chest and as I take another gulp of my father’s prized whiskey, I hear myself say, “Tell me about your plan.

— Melissa Simmons, Resistance

I have frequently experienced myself the mood in which I felt that all is vanity; I have emerged from it not by any philosophy, but owing to some imperative necessity of action.

— Bertrand Russell

The Marine Corps forced me to come home from Afghanistan. It’s up to me to allow myself to come home.

— Thomas J Brennan

So we baked and sweated together. I like punching the dough. I told myself it was the moon and punched it senseless.

— Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It

I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone.

— Sam Houston

Let me tell you what I want, ‘ he said fiercely. ‘For a start, I want you. I told you that, but perhaps I didn’t make myself clear. I want the whole package, hang-ups, fears and phobias, as well as the good parts.

— Joanna Mansell, Portrait of Cleo

I can feel myself slipping away. Slowly leaving who and what I am behind. – Dylan

— Dannielle Wicks, Broken Sunrise

I just wanna have fun and breathe, but I can’t do either one of them when I suffocate myself with depression.

— Lisa M. Cronkhite, Disconnected

I’m an introvert. I get my energy by spending time alone. I need that hour or two to myself every day.

— Amit Bhatia

I always imagined myself somehow as an electron around some atom, and you’re just, like, bouncing around and spinning. There was a never-ending supply of places to go, people to see, things to do, and fitting it all in became kind of an art.

— Tom Freston

I have always differentiated between two types of friends those who want proofs of friendship and those who do not. One kind loves me for myself and the others for themselves.

— Gerard de Nerval

Now that it’s over, I just wanna hold herI’d give up all the world to see That little piece of heaven looking back at me.Now that it’s over, I just wanna hold her.I’ve gotta live with the choices I’ve madeAnd I can’t live with myself today.

— Skillet

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

— Charles Dickens

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

— Marilyn Monroe

There was a whole language that I could never make function for myself in relationship to painting and that was attitudes like tortured, struggle, pain.

— Robert Rauschenberg

My goal is to be able to provide for myself and not have to worry about the daily expenses. I do want to be able to benefit from my work and make a good living, but I love it so much that I would do it for free.

— Jenn Proske

I believe that any type of education can be great, but an education about ourselves can create something wonderful. I am a comedian, but people have called me a motivational speaker. I don’t really consider myself that at all.

— Andy Andrews

I’m not exactly Miss Confidence. I busy myself with all kinds of activities and I do well in school and I try to look pretty but I still need someone to tell me I’m worthwhile. To show me attention. I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all…

— Stephen Emond, Happyface

I am sculptor. I am clay.What shall I make of myself today.

— C. B.Hampton

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

Fearing the unknown within myself has kept me crouching in a corner. I look to see who I am and discover much that is worthy.

— Maureen Brady, Daybreak: Meditations For Women Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

I wouldn’t describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that – the ghosts you chase you never catch.

— John Malkovich

I write and that way rid myself of me and then at last I can rest.

— Clarice Lispector

It’s really hard to smile when you play. As a performer, if I ever find myself focusing, it’s like, ‘Oh no – orchestra face!’ It’s not attractive at all, so I have to focus on smiling.

— Lindsey Stirling

To be blessed and yet permit gluttony to blind me to the blessings is to banish myself to a life of unrelenting poverty even though I might be utterly engulfed in the embrace of a million marvelous blessings.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Love isn’t about what you do for me. Love for me is where I see myself in relation to you.

— Kierra C.T. Banks

I consider myself a synthetic thinker in a virtual domain therefore if I’m way off there is no solid foundation or reference for authentic stupidity.

— Carl Henegan, Darkness Left Undone

I started playing poker in 2003 during my pregnancy, to distract myself from my awful morning sickness. For months all I did was cry and play Texas Hold’em.

— Cheryl Hines

My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.

— Kanye West

I hope they get something of interest out of it, but I’d rather they all hate it and I like it, instead of vice versa… I make films to please myself first, and if the audience likes them, all the better.

— Terry Zwigoff

I could give all to Time except — exceptWhat I myself have held. But why declareThe things forbidden that while the Customs sleptI have crossed to Safety with? For I am There, And what I would not part with I have kept.

— Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost

I count myself as one of the number of those who learn as they write and write as they learn.

— John Piper, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

I am lovable in endless ways. I look myself straight in the eye with love and acceptance.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I’d probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.

— J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.

— Thomas Jefferson

Well, so you don’t get too cocky, I myself often complete the TV Guide crossword puzzle.” He puffed out his chest. “In pen.

— Shelly Laurenston, Go Fetch!

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.

— Lord Byron

Your wit is always such a delight, Mr. Zeklos. I can barely contain myself around it.

— Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss

I myself have read the writings and teachings of the heretics, polluting my soul for a while with their abominable notions, though deriving this benefit: I was able to refute them for myself and loathe them even more.

— Eusebius, The Church History

Richard Childress and myself have made some important innovations on our cars.

— Dale Earnhardt

I’m responsible. I chose to put myself in a situation where I’m responsible, wanting to look after her, a small, dependent, vulnerable creature. It’s innate and I don’t even have to think about it. It’s like breathing — for some people.

— Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Somedays I ask myself why do I spend hours in the gym, then I look in the mirror and think “Damn I look good!

— Augusta DeJuan Hathaway

Writing is my pleasure and the play, where I find myself again and again.

— Debasish Mridha

Women do come up to me, and they tell me what they think! I’ve gotten great compliments on my eyes and my smile. But I don’t see myself as sexy.

— Jesse L. Martin

If someone had problem with me, they had to find what it is, similarly if I had any problem with someone, I need to find out myself then only problem solves. Otherwise the problem will become the cause of break up in any relationship.

— Nutan Bajracharya

I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me. Those seem to be the two choices. Everything else is just killing time.

— John Green

For years I was deathly afraid of my own weaknesses, but when I closed my eyes and let myself be vulnerable to them it allowed miracles to take place. Miracles that were only alive when I accessed my BLIND faith.

— Bethany Brookbank, Write like no one is reading

Being alone is best. I mean, it’s true, isn’t it? In the end you’ll be absolutely alone; therefore, being alone is natural. If you accept that, nothing bad can happen. That’s why I shut myself away in my six-mat one-room apartment.

— Tatsuhiko Takimoto, Welcome to the N.H.K.

In the past, I have bargained myself away, believing that price was more important than cost, quality, reliability, or reputation. In the past, I was clearly wrong.

— Chris Murray, The Extremely Successful Salesman’s Club

I suppose this was the first time I had ever felt an urge not to be. Never an urge to die, far less an urge to put an end to myself – simply an urge not to be. This disgusting, hostile and unlovely world was not made for me, nor I for it.

— Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I would have died, before a literary agent ever committed to my book. This is why I chose to empower myself by self publishing.

— Mary Sage Nguyen

I have good and bad days like everyone else. I just try to be positive and surround myself with great people. When I think about all the great things and people I have had in my life, that gives me confidence.

— Jessica White

I choose to say it is well even when it is not, because in every situation I find myself in, I still learn from it.

— Gift Gugu Mona

He gently takes the lead, and I trail behind him up the narrow spiral stairway at the back of the kitchen. His hand is warm, and holding it feels like the easiest thing in the world. Too easy. I’m going to get myself in trouble.

— Lisa Daily, Single-Minded

Me? You are laughing at me. Put your hand here. This has no theology.’ I mocked myself while I made love. I flung myself into pleasure like a suicide on to a pavement.

— Graham Greene, The Comedians

I’d like to avoid the environmental apocalypse if I could. Zombies, robots – I don’t know – I’d probably do alright hidden in the middle of the herd and sacrificing people to keep myself alive, but where you gonna hide when all the food is gone?

— Ben Peek

I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.

— Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

If I do find myself walking up the aisle and dancing at my own wedding reception, I want the first dance to be both spontaneous and dramatic.

— Anton du Beke

I’ve wanted you from the moment we met, and if you think sitting next to me in your bra doesn’t overwhelm me with desire, you’re very wrong. I just don’t force myself where I’m not invited. (Bones)

— Jeaniene Frost, Halfway to the Grave

I have a pretty good handle on my anxiety. I basically treat myself like a nervy horse: lots of exercise, lots of sleep, lots of interesting work to keep my mind occupied, and generally avoiding being ridden hard by strangers.

— Caitlin Moran

If I weren’t already dead, I’d have to kill myself just so I could roll over in my grave.

— D.J. MacHale, The Blood

I think of myself as somebody who, in a moment-to-moment way, I’m quite happy. But I think I am a bit doubtful and wary of true happiness, and, like a lot of my friends, there’s been a good degree of self-sabotage.

— Patrick deWitt

There’s a way that you can throw negativity out there that seems rebellious. But I’ve always taken pleasure in a different kind of rebellion, which is putting a positive spin on everything, trying to enjoy myself at all times.

— Zac Efron

He leaned toward me and delicately grazed my lips with his. The tease left me breathless, burning for more. “I keep having to remind myself that I can do that, ” he smirked.

— Rebecca Donovan, Reason to Breathe

I feel more like I’m a person who has so much to offer in different capacities that it would be a danger for me not to give myself a chance to spread my wings in all different directions.

— Alicia Keys

My entire life, I saw myself as the beautiful damsel or the graceful maiden. I was the princess searching for her knight. But with my newfound abilities, I finally discovered that, after all this time, I was the powerful witch.

— Christina L. Barr

There’s a lesson here, and that is I have to find happiness inside myself before I try to partner again.

— Ellen Hopkins, Traffick

I spend a lot of time trying to convince myself that nothing really matters except being alive.

— Sarah Miller, Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

I go backwards and forwards, recapturing the past, wondering about the future—and, most unreasonably, I find myself longing for the past more than for the future.

— Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

I bought a lot of rubbish things that kids buy: skateboards and clothes and typical teenage stuff. And, as soon as I could, I wasted a lot of money on cars – BMW’s mostly – for myself and my family.

— Tom Felton

I don’t know when reading books became the most essential thing about me, but it happened over the years and I found myself the most willing servant of what I considered a rich habit.

— Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

People can do great things. However, there are some things they just CAN’T do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort.

— Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

This is why I stayed away, ” he growled against my mouth as his hands started to rove over me with knowing, ruthless passion. “Can’t be near you without wanting you. Can’t stop myself anymore–

— Jeaniene Frost, The Beautiful Ashes

From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.

— Henri Matisse

I find myself smiling, finally. I guess I do remember how to do it. You just turn the corners of your mouth up.

— Taylor Jenkins Reid, Forever, Interrupted

I have to remind myself that I’ve always known this: Evolution is not for everybody.

— Daniel Pinkwater

I would be no more than a shadow of myself if I thought that I had truly lost you.

— Lise Arin, Matilda Empress

I want to eat like a normal person eats, but I needto see my bones or I will hate myself even more and Imight cut out my heart or take every pill that was evermade.

— Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

I rein myself in. I’m already breaking up with the guy. I don’t have to ruin his favorite movie.

— Philip Siegel, The Break-Up Artist

I’ve always littered my songs with jokes. You might need to dig a little deeper to find the humor, but I would totally object to being some kind of distraught personality. I’ve never tried to attach myself to that.

— Cass McCombs

I love you because I find myself in you.

— Debasish Mridha

Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn’t call myself a poet.

— David Duchovny

I can’t believe what a state I got myself into over this. Everyone was right. They said it would just happen, and it did. I guess the best things do.

— Nora Roberts, Jewels of the Sun

I never allow myself to be influenced in the smallest degree either by atmospheric disturbances or by the arbitrary divisions of what is known as Time.

— Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

Sometimes I scare myself with how quickly I can come up with lies.

— Anna Bell, The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

I wanted to tell her secrets I hadn’t even told myself yet.

— Molly Beth Griffin, Silhouette of a Sparrow

Was Jane now. All Jane. Come calamity or come calm, was myself and none else.

— J.D. Jordan, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man

Some part of me broke in prayer that morning, and some part of me was reborn as I gave myself fully and completely to prayer and to God in that moment.

— Ariana Carruth, Love for Our Afflictions: Allowing Pain to Pave the Way to Peace

I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.

— Alice Sebold

My head drops back and I have a fleeting out-of-body moment where I see myself in the window, my hands tied above my head with my legs wrapped around the neck of Chris Merit, while he does delicious things to my body.

— Lisa Renee Jones, Revealing Us

I think of myself as an ambassador of the arts. In my heart of hearts, I know the world would be a more peaceful, tender place if we were more moved by the poetry around us.

— Tim Seibles

But at the time I thought that if I could just get the world to see me the way I saw myself then my body wouldn’t be the thing you walked away thinking about. I wouldn’t be that fat girl.

— Gabourey Sidibe

I had no time for romance. I turned away from the window, from the wintry sun, crossed through the room, went to the stove and made and poured myself a cup of hot chocolate and then clicked on the radio

— Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

I would only blame myself if something happened to you.

— Shannon A. Thompson, November Snow

Seasons happened and things got colder and harder and suddenly I found myself smoking circles in the airby myself in the snowand I was not okay.

— Charlotte Eriksson, You’re Doing Just Fine

I forced myself to think what is the new concept and it became clear to me that it was risk, not only in technology and ecology, but in life and employment, too.

— Ulrich Beck

All you care about is the control and power you have over me and I hate myself for giving that to you!

— Lydia Kelly, Screaming in the Silence

I have found a higher calling; inspirational-writing!I can’t imagine myself doing any other work, when I ought to write and transmit, awe-inspiring-words, to the souls longing for it.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness. When I see you, the room swallows me. I find myself at the bottom of the pool.

— Henry Rollins

Letting myself fall wasn’t easy. It wasn’t hard either. It was a calling that I had to honour. I did honour. I took a plunge into my dark abyss. I faced my grief, my fear, my sadness, my loneliness, my anguish, myself. (Page 78)

— Neena Verma, A Mother’s Cry… A Mother’s Celebration

Actually when it comes to knocking the Canadian cultural scene nobody outdoes Canadians myself included. We are veritable masters of self-deprecation.

— Mordecai Richler

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

— Cary Grant

Growing up, the way that I looked was very important to me. I was always trying to impress people, and when I grew my beard there was a certain freedom, a separation, getting past this the way I looked, identify myself as a spiritual seeker.

— Matisyahu

Of course I would never compare myself to someone who actually went through a war, but I definitely matured shooting ‘The Pacific.’ I’m more calm and I have more patience.

— Rami Malek

For each person I lost I found a new layer of grief to cover myself with, and each time I tried to bring something of their essence into my own being – be it unconditional love, kindness and piety.

— A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

Allowing myself to wander off into the vast jungles of religion and spirituality has often led to me stumbling upon life altering new ways of thinking, living, and being.

— Brandan Roberston, Nomad: A spirituality for travelling light

I myself believe that there will one day be time travel because when we find that something isn’t forbidden by the over-arching laws of physics we usually eventually find a technological way of doing it.

— David Deutsch

How can I free myself from sexuality? Eat nothing but rice?

— Thomas Mann, Briefe an Otto Grautoff, 1894 1901, und Ida Boy Ed, 1903 1928

I find myself fascinated by a man who admits to enjoying fairy tales and uses the word “impinge”- barely misses a beat while indulging in a brief girl-on-girl fantasy. You’re a man of layers, Ford.”Me and Shrek, we’re onions.

— Nora Roberts, Tribute

Though problems have the eerie ability to pull us down but I am my own hope and I can’t let myself down.

— Latika Teotia

I have finally come to realize that it’s being forced to be honest with myself that’s made my pain painful all along.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

people say I’m running back to the thing that broke me, yeah he did, but I picked myself back up, now it’s about fixing him.

— Mya Waechtler

Please give me a single reason why I shouldn’t hurl myself beneath the wheels of that bus.

— Neal Shusterman, UnSouled

I distance myself from heaven and then complain that heaven is distant.

— Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

Without asking anybody’s advice I turned myself insane sitting under the same sun and the same clouds.

— Suman Pokhrel

Being in love, I find myself smiling for no reason at all…

— Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood.

— Whitley Strieber

What do you want to do with your life, then?” is often the question I’m asked.To be honest, I don’t know. I really don’t.Mainly because I don’t see myself living long enough for that to make much of a difference.

— Nenia Campbell, Tantalized

I am a danger to myself if I get angry.

— Oriana Fallaci

I hide myself behind, a cloud of smoke; the smoke screen varies, dependent on the variable. The variable consists of: stress, anguish, boredom, madness, anger, depression, apathy, negativity, sex, violence & a little chunk of chaos.

— Emily H. Sturgill, Sex in the Kitchen Sink: Poetry and Art

I need to move. I don’t fit in here. I almost tried a juice cleanse once, but quickly remembered that I could starve, and was starving, myself for free.

— Kris Kidd

I entrain myself (when I remember to)by tuning in to higher frequenciesin the ether, in my soul, everywhere I go, always accessible, always helpfulfor obtaining a higher perspectivein a matter of minutes.

— Jay Woodman

My dad is a much more flamboyant character than I am. I think that’s why I couldn’t see myself going into straight acting. I always just felt daft.

— Nina Conti

My one true love remains my self… I dump myself occasionally to keep it interesting

— Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

— Janine Turner

One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I can accomplish anything I want to. The caveat is that I have to want to do it. I’ve never been able to forge desire.

— Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 3

The point that I think myself to be so terribly clever is the precise point at which I am beginning to think myself to be god-like, which causes me to become God-less.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

As I helped him up, I felt him shake all over, so I asked him to forgive me, without knowing what for, but that was my lot, asking forgiveness, I even asked forgiveness of myself for being what I was, what it was my nature to be.

— Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.

— Placido Domingo

I let myself be sad. I let myself think of him.

— Kiera Cass, The Selection

It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.

— Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.

— Bob Dylan

I think about pressing myself against him, but I can’t, because all our secrets would keep a space between us.

— Veronica Roth, Insurgent

I’m not always the best at expressing myself to you, so I’m taking advantage of the fact that I will be completely unresponsive when you read this, and therefore incapable of messing things up

— Amy Plum

I think of myself as a little kid, and I had a wild imagination, but it was something that was encouraged and supported, which helped steer me into the arts.

— Uzo Aduba

I always introduce myself as an encyclopedia of defects which I do not deny. Why should I? It took me a whole life to build myself as I am.

— Oriana Fallaci

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

— Rebecca West

I call myself a meditation teacher rather than a spiritual teacher.

— Sharon Salzberg

His eyes were deep as ocean, and I found myself drowning in his lies.

— Enna Margo

The approachable individuals are the first ones that I introduce myself to because they make me feel emotionally safe.

— Susan C. Young, The Art of Body Language: 8 Ways to Optimize Non-Verbal Communication for Positive Impact

Keith traced my face, traced my hands and traced my body as the crickets chirped a love song and I lost myself in his eyes that stroked my soul and punctured my heart, like a poison arrow in a shooting star

— Aishabella Sheikh, Lavinia

I ask myself why I do it. Maybe it’s to prove I’m still around. It takes a lot out of my body. I’m not an NBA player anymore. At my age, very few people can handle it.

— Jerry Stiller

It’s all about being in control of myself as an older woman who lives alone, and it’s all about how I am going to do what I have to do to be as strong as I can be and be confident that I can do what I need to do as an older person. [p. 62]

— Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

I must turn myself around so that I am viewing life as my prospects see it. Only then can I start addressing their issues, help to prevent their pain, and advise on solutions to their problems.

— Chris Murray

I spent my whole life playing sports and training and pushing myself to the limits.

— Venus Williams

Personally, I like to sleep. And I intend to appropriately confine myself more and more to my living quarters and pass my life away sleeping.

— Tsunetomo Yamamoto

The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.

— Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

When I was your age…I wish I’d known that I already had everything I needed within myself to be happy, instead of looking for happiness at beauty counters.

— Ilene Beckerman

The resistance, though it comes in many forms, begins with the mistaken belief that I am somehow separate from change, and that I can control it, rather than to align myself with change as it makes itself apparent, and ride it.

— Sharon Weil, ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change

In my mind, learning to fly was a very logical alternative. I honestly saw no other way to free myself from this torture other than to fly just like the birds did; the birds were completely free”​

— Veronika Gasparyan, Mother at Seven

Nothing feels dirtier than living a life that is not your own. No amount of money is worth my soul. I would rather be homeless and go out in a blaze of glory than subject myself to a slow and steady death of apathy and government by my environment.

— Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.

— Angelina Jolie

I bleed myself to be your drink:Is not the blood of poets—ink?

— William Soutar

I think myself so terribly ‘clever’ that the need for God is blatantly irrelevant. And all the while, in the rapidly growing mess that I’m ‘cleverly’ creating, I rather quickly begin to realize that the only thing that is relevant is His relevance.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

I’m prouder of him than I’ve ever been of myself – I’m proud of him for standing up to me

— Marie Lu, Champion

I won’t be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult.

— E.M. Forster

If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.

— Henry James

I like to think of myself as the host at a party, and, if everybody is having a good time, so much the better.

— John Curran

The better I get to know men the more I find myself loving dogs.

— Charles de Gaulle

I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame. I have an eating disorder.

— Jena Morrow, Hollow: An Unpolished Tale

Woven words are little conviction when I present myself as a man of fiction.

— Hubert Martin

I give myself permissionto enjoy the present moment.

— Human Angels, 365 Mantras for today

I hate myself pretty often” .She tilted her face back on the pillow, damning tears and attempting so smile at the same time. “Pretty fucking often

— Jim Lynch, The Highest Tide

I profess myself an enemy to all other joys, which the most precious square of sense possesses, and find I am alone felicitate in your dear highness love.

— William Shakespeare, King Lear

Through strength I found loveIn time I found myself in happiness with you

— Alexis Jordan

I’m so pretty, it’s hard for me to think of myself as intelligent.

— Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.

— John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

It was if the devil himself had devised the perfect earthly torture for Lady Alicia Lawrence. “Now how will I occupy myself when I get to hell?

— Celeste Bradley, Seducing the Spy

Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god but who knows my god?

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I hid myself in food.

— Gordon Ramsay

If “doctor” means “master teacher, ” then I think teaching in K-12 for 10 years deserves said title. Our practicum is potent and our expertise is in the service of children. In fact, I might start calling myself Dr. Vilson on principle. Fight me

— Jose Luis Vilson

At both school and at home, I lost myself in books.

— Daniel D. Maurer, Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

I jealously guard my research time and I love fully immersing myself in those dusty old books and papers. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.

— Sara Sheridan

If only I could see myself from the same vantage point that I observe the world; I might judge my behavior and expressions more critically, and others less.

— Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

I want by understanding myself to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.

— Katherine Mansfield

One of my greatest lessons of growth was to stop dwelling in the past and forgive myself and others from all the pain and hurt that was caused. When I finally let go and released, I was free with glee.

— Jason Micheal Ratliff

I think happy thoughts and feel happy things and I do not let myself near the swirling black edges of the hole that is my soul when I look at them.

— Kiersten White, Perfect Lies

I no longer agree to treat myself with disrespect. Every time a self-critical thought comes to mind, I will forgive the Judge and follow this comment with words of praise, self-acceptance, and love.

— Miguel Ruiz

I felt that chess… is a science in the form of a game… I consider myself a scientist. I wanted to be treated like a scientist.

— Bobby Fischer

Rock of Ages cleft for me Let me hide myself in thee.

— Augustus Toplady

I never really thought of myself as depressed so much as paralyzed by hope.

— Maria Bamford

I can see myself now, she said. And I can see what I want to be, ten years from now. But I don’t understand how I’m going to get from here to there.

— Jodi Picoult, The Pact

I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.

— Meryl Streep

I’m not sure I make old bones in parliament. It’s an amazing experience to have had but I can’t see myself being Mother of the House.

— Louise Mensch

When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.

— Kim McMillen, When I Loved Myself Enough

Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off forever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.

— Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Every night before I turn out the lights to sleep I ask myself this question: Have I done everything that I can…. Have I done enough?

— Lyndon B. Johnson

…at last I understood that writing was this: an impulse to share with other people a feeling or truth that I myself had.

— Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

Often I have found myself gazing up at clouds – yesterday’s seas and tomorrow’s streams – to think of them as floating on an ultraviolet sea, beyond which is the infinity of space that presents so much wonder and so many questions.

— Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1

I don’t see myself as famous I see myself as a normal person with a job that is not very normal. My work life is very out there and very public. But I do my best to maintain my privacy.

— Hailey Baldwin

I align myself with almost all researchers in assuming that anything we do is a composite of whatever genetic limitations were given to us by our parents and whatever kinds of environmental opportunities are available.

— Howard Gardner

In a lot of ways, living with Charlie was like having my own place, and I found myself reveling in the aloneness instead of being lonely.

— Stephenie Meyer

And I was incapable of living all by myself in those lodgings where I didn’t know a soul. It terrified me to sit by myself quietly in my room. I felt frightened, as if I might be set upon or struck by someone at any moment.

— Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

So you were going to rescue the Prince! Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?””Not likely! I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I’m not doing it!

— Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

What the hell am I doing…? Escape holding myself as a hostage…? I won’t be able to make it like that…

— Tsugumi Ohba

I’ve been at some pains to tell you about myself because among other reasons I think we should know who our enemies are. I’ve known people to spend their lives nursing a hatred of phantoms and they were not happy people.

— Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

How are you going to get revenge against dead people? Dig ’em up and stake ’em through the heart?”“I asked myself that same question, and I think I know the answer. You destroy what they loved, and you love what they destroyed.

— Tiffany Reisz, The Bourbon Thief

If I had allowed myself to dwell on revenge, it would turn to bitterness, and bitterness is the worst poison a man can give himself.

— Sarah Holman, Brothers and Betrayal

I consider myself a green party supporter…because green represents my favorite color other than clear. And I met a guy who was running for the green party this one time, and he seemed like he had a great head on his shoulders for a homeless guy.

— Vernon D. Burns

I think I have a hard time expressing myself in my relationships. I use songs to tell people how I’m feeling. If I can’t say ‘I love you, ‘ I’ll write a song about it and hope that the person figures it out.

— Jenny Lewis

If someone asks you that “Where do u want to see yourself 10 years from now down this line”?Well, i would like to see myself above the line, that should be your answer.

— Sachin Panwar

Nothing was being done to help the non-dopers, to encourage or support them. Even the clean riders like myself and Moncout knew how easy it was to cheat the tests.

— David Millar, Racing Through the Dark

Because I withered under the glare of an actual invitation, I was a firm believer in preventive prevarication–in other words, lying early in order to free myself later on.

— Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

I care about who you are, who you have been, who you want to be. I open myself to you to listen and learn about you. I cherish you, not just my fantasy of who you are, not just who I need you to be, but who you really are…

— Betty Berzon

I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?

— Yogi Berra

I assert nothing, I content myself with believing that more is possible than people think.

— Voltaire, Micromegas

I don’t date as an active activity anymore because the work of loving myself is enough.

— Gita Jackson, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Oh what a poet I will flay myself into.

— Sylvia Plath

All I wanted was to share myself with him…in a love way, lust way, every kind of way.

— Jess C. Scott, Bedmates

I cannot bring myself to judge those who are defending their lands against an immoral violent foreign invader. The fact that the immoral violent foreign invader happens to be the U.S. government does not alter my view.

— Dave Champion

A lot of people have asked me whether I am a cynic or take a cynical view of politics and are often surprised when I say that I consider myself an optimist, but an optimist dressed in the robes of a realist.

— Beau Willimon

Drawing is the only thing I’ve found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it’s a struggle because I’m pushing myself. The day-to-day sketching is fraught.

— Peter Capaldi

There is no pleasure that I haven’t made myself sick on.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman

I consider myself an American African because we did not come by choice.

— Alafia Stewart

I thank God, Jesus, and my Grandmother for being able to support myself and my family.

— Steven Adler

I did not lose myself all at once. I rubbed out my face over the years washing away my pain the same way carvings on stone are worn down by water.

— Amy Tan

And may I live the remainder of my life … for myself may there be plenty of books and many years’ store of the fruits of the earth!

— Horace

I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true.

— Maya Angelou

I give myself a cheat day where I annihilate my diet. I’m an all-American girl, so I go for a burger and fries and a shake.

— Ashley Wagner

Although Omaha is my birthplace and the place I grew up, I don’t see myself spending extended amounts of time there. I feel almost more comfortable and more at peace in New York.

— Conor Oberst

How can I know these trees, how can I know you, how can I know the other if I myself am unknown to me, if I am myself ignorant; when I do not know who I am.

— Osho, Bliss: Living beyond happiness and misery

If I facepalm myself too much, maybe the pimples will go away.

— Sam Mamaril

I see myself as Rhoda not Mary Tyler Moore.

— Rosie O’Donnell

I remember myself as a child, pudgy and awkward and unsure of myself. For a moment I wonder how anyone could love such a child as that, let alone the woman she promised to become.

— Ashlee Willis, A Wish Made of Glass

Did I love what I was doing, or did I love myself in doing it?

— C. Terry Warner, Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves

If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

— C.S. Lewis

In reality, I am more a professor, one who reflects and mediates on spiritual questions. Practical governance is not my strong point, and this is certainly a weakness. But I do not see myself as a failure. For eight years, I carried out my work.

— Pope Benedict XVI

I am also open minded to embrace strange notions and respect its bearers without harsh judgement. Exposure has made me feel confident and wiser to choose what feels right for me, in order to be the best human being for myself and others.

— Gloria D. Gonsalves, I Am Tausi

My voice is still the same and this makes me beside myself with Joy! Oh mon Dieu when I think what I might be able to do with it!

— Jenny Lind

The reason I call myself a documentary photographer is the idea of how photographs contain and participate in history.

— Catherine Opie

If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer, but must arouse myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me.

— Charles Spurgeon

I wanted to bathe myself in that burn, to let the radiation take my skin and flesh and bones until I was nothing but charged particles dancing in space.

— Bethany Hagen, Landry Park

Whenever I write I always transport myself into the story to get a better glimpse to what I am capturing.

— Raleigh Daniels, The God of Alpha

For so long I’d thought about myself as a girl who’d walked away from her mother’s life that it would be a long time before I would start to think about the other part of the bargain, how easily she’d let me go.

— Anna Quindlen, One True Thing

Men ask for a rainbow in the cloud; but I would ask more from Thee. I would be, in my cloud, myself a rainbow — a minister to others’ joy. My patience will be perfect when it can work in the vineyard

— George Matheson

I’d believed I needed to be steady in myself before I could function with others—but surviving alone no longer felt like a good way either.

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself up until then was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before.

— Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible.

— Pico Iyer

The thought of never crossing your path again is to enormous to bare, so for now I’ll make dreams in my heart and remind myself to go and sit & remember them every once in a while.

— Nikki Rowe

I’d park myself in the bookstore and read with one eye on everyone coming in. I remember reading a Robert Bly book of poetry.

— Sally Mann

I deem myself as intellectual and analytical as much as I can but still never miss the chance to goof around and joke about anything but I never laugh at nobody. Good humor is about laughing with not about laughing at.

— Genereux Philip

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.

— Simone de Beauvoir

I have respect for what other people believe. What I believe in my own life is that it’s a search for how I can do things better, whether it’s being a better man or a better father or finding ways for myself to improve.

— Tom Cruise

Since the age of five I had been one of those people who was an indefatigable reader, more inclined to go off by myself with a book than do any of the dozens of things that children usually do to amuse themselves. I never aged out of it.

— Anna Quindlen, Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City

As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.

— C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Prayer is one action where I lay aside my abilities to immerse myself wholly in God’s capabilities. And the liberation found in such an action is less about being engaged with God and more about being freed from myself.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.

— Voltaire

Can’t you see? Every step I have taken, since I was that child on the bridge, has been to bring myself closer to you.

— Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Why do you think I write these feminist songs, to try and teach myself to respect myself. You know, it’s not because I’m a hero.

— Ani DiFranco

Valiant! The word mocked me, for I knew myself to be anything but valiant. What I had done, I had done in a fit of insane bitterness, not with cool courage, not with brave quick thinking, not with presence of mind – but with absence of it.

— Kenneth Roberts, Oliver Wiswell

Not for myself I make this prayer But for this race of mine That stretches forth from shadowed places Dark hands for bread and wine.

— Countee Cullen

My grief sought out all parts of my body it hadn’t yet inhabited, and I felt like I might collapse in on myself right there, at last, spectacularly

— John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

My nerves came back in full force. I’d thrown myself in the deep end, and, feeling like I had no idea how to swim, I had to get back to shore somehow. “I’m sorry, ” I whispered.

— Kelly Batten, One Day You’ll Find Me

We were a bit like bacon and eggs, where y’know, the chicken is involved, but the pig is really committed? I totally gave myself to it just as we promised, “for better or worse”, and you didn’t see it like that.

— Dawn French, Oh Dear Silvia

I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it that’s my religion.

— Alice Walker

From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty

— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I dress to withstand the elements. I dress to be as interesting as the Tate. I dress to insert myself into social strata, to be accepted, to pass.

— Caitlynn Cummings

Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.

— Ang Lee

It is difficult to call myself a writer, even when I stand at a podium to receive a prize, I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer—I am merely a word criminal.

— Murong Xuecun

My dad’s life was magnificent, but only if I let myself see and remember more than his years of decline.

— Lisa J. Shultz, A Chance to Say Goodbye: Reflections on Losing a Parent

We’re always telling ourselves that we “want to be happy” when what we really have to say is “I NEED to be happy. I NEED to do the things I love. I NEED to surround myself with people that make me smile.

— Avina Celeste

My boyfriend calls me ‘princess’, but I think of myself more along the lines of ‘monkey’ and ‘retard’.

— Alicia Silverstone

I consider myself to have a decent sense of humor. What’s life without a sense of humor?

— Mayer Hawthorne

Because travel has always been such a vital part of myself and so essential to who I am, I have made the decision to continue to put myself back out into the world. And that’s not an easy decision to make.

— Amanda Lindhout

I had to learn how to love myself and trust me it’s not the type of thing that happens over night.

— Crystal L. Swain, Bird Dance

They say the only way you can truly kill a Celestra is by fire. I would gladly lend myself to the flames to peer down eternally over this sinful disgrace of a planet that houses cowards such as these.

— Addison Moore, Vex

After hurting myself like that, I could not go back immediately to racing. I was in no condition, mentally or physically. That helped me to strengthen myself to go through the hard times that were ahead with my business, and to be successful.

— Nelson Piquet

After accepting the bitter truth of society, I set myself out to lead a life for myself entirely. I realized that the poisonous tentacles of society does not spare anyone, especially people like us. Once I realized that, I became strong from within.

— Santosh Avvannavar, She: Ekla Cholo Re

It occurs to me that I am America.I am talking to myself again.

— Allen Ginsberg

It took me a long time to figure out how to act, and how to conduct myself in the business so I could get what I felt I needed to support my potential and give them what they wanted.

— Harrison Ford

I know my heart will never be the sameBut I’m telling myself I’ll be okay

— Sara Evans

I love getting scared. I find myself putting myself in situations like haunted houses or going to a haunted hospital for my birthday. Yes, I’ve actually done that.

— Selena Gomez

I only know that when I study mathematics, I transport myself to another world, a world of exquisite beauty and truth. And in that world I am the person I like to be.

— Dora Musielak

Every morning, I make myself a cappuccino with a drawing in the foam. I post them to Instagram with the hashtag #christiecappuccino.

— Christie Brinkley

My wild heart craves shadows. Like a bat unfurling its wings, I open myself to darkness; I open myself to truth.

— Nichole McElhaney, Poetry for Feral Faeries and Rogue Princesses

I look at myself as an audience member. I still love movies, and I still go and sit in the back of the big dark room with everybody else, and I want the same thrill.

— Samuel L. Jackson

Everything seemed so unreal—so supernatural—and I had to remind myself that is was. We weren’t human. We never were. (Jessica)

— Shannon A. Thompson, Minutes Before Sunset

Because you’re not what I would have you be I blind myself to who in truth you are.

— Madeleine L’Engle

I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality.

— Agnes Macphail

I remembered myself as an unpopular and rather sad kid.

— Sydney Pollack

There was a time when I fancied myself as a barrister but it takes years to qualify and even then you can end up earning less than $10, 000 a day. So when I saw an advertisement for a course to become a barista I decided to settle for that.

— Michael McGirr, The Lost Art of Sleep

In the darkest of nights, there is only one thing on your mind–should I be required to stand before the Almighty, will I find myself in His favor?

— Rachel Hauck, The Writing Desk

i hugged myself as a child & told Myself that everything was perfect in the petrichor The smell of pure innocence & earthy & earthly Innocence that stays in the clothes I only wear on good days…

— Jay Sheets, The Hour Wasp

I am worth the effort of creating a blissful life. I choose to care for myself like a treasured lover. I love myself.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

Nothing came out. Suddenly I was hovering, looking down on myself from above.

— Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It’s worth burning myself out like a matchso long as others receive the light and warmth I dispatch.

— Shannon Perry

I’ve had enough of these streets that sweat a cold, yellow slime, of hostile people, of crying myself to sleep every night. I’ve had enough of thinking, enough of remembering.

— Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight

For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?

— Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

I have never since entirely freed myself of the impression that this life is a segment of existence which is enacted in a three-dimensional boxlike universe especially set up for it.

— C.G. Jung

I am often amused and sometimes amazed by the free-reign constructs of my mind. That is why I converse regularly with myself – I am one of my better friends…

— Gavin Mills

If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.

— Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

I find myself focusing up at the sky — the only roof left — because too many memories are drowning me.

— Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I don’t think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion.

— Barry Williams

I try to feel my own edges in the low light. I send my mind to the outer edges of me — where do I end?I send myself to my innermost edges, and I see that in both directions I am infinite.

— Jessica Bates, Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood

There was a time in the marriage when I could no longer look at myself in a mirror, couldn’t feel I was a nice person. A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself.

— Dionne Warwick

Faeries are real. Magic is real. My tendency to greet dangerous situations by plunging in headfirst and seeing how long it takes to get myself covered head to toe in blood is also real.

— Seanan McGuire, Once Broken Faith

When do you manipulate others for your own advantage? When I notice myself doing it, usually it is when I am feeling insecure.

— Charles Eisenstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

My main focus is to always try to be myself first, and then, hey, if I wear a cool jacket, that’s a bonus.

— John Krasinski

I congratulate myself on not having arrived into the world until the present time. This age suits my taste.

— Anne Rice, Pandora

It’s nice to be able to control my smell environment, and I can hear myself think better when it’s quiet. It wasn’t easy to become a person who’s OK being alone on a Saturday night, but I did the work, I got there…

— Jonathan Franzen, Purity

I’d rate myself an 8. I do have my flaws, but I’m a cool dude. If I wasn’t myself, I’d kick it with me. I’m a down-to-earth person and all around cool guy.

— Lance Gross

I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

— Marcel Duchamp

I’ve purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.

— Tatum O’Neal

I remind myself how people with a low propensity for success whose behavior is guided by fear, have a low propensity for success.

— Keith Ferrazzi, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

I want to express myself to feel that what I feel is real. My joy, my pain, my anger.

— Annabella Sciorra

I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. Between homework and sports and drama and being social, I slept about four hours a night through high school and college.

— Allison Williams

Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.

— Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

I felt the need to distance myself from my problems, instead of dealing with them. My mother said It’s not uncommon for people to run away from their fears to start somewhere new with a better attitude.

— Documentary Recordings

Then I reminded myself that all intelligent children suffer bad dreams.

— Grant Morrison, Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth

People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn’t kill myself and now, thank God, I’m here.

— Nicki Minaj

Each memory rips through me, and although I stow myself against the emotions, I can’t prevent the pain that accompanies each image. Pain for a love never acknowledged, pain for a friendship now gone. Pain for a loss I can’t possibly endure.

— Christine Fonseca, Mea Culpa

I myself have never been enchanted by the dream of the white wedding, and, heaven help us, the expectation that this exquisitely catered event should be ‘the happiest moment’ of one’s life.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books.

— Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

If someone like this were to like me, to like my comedy, and to like the way I conduct myself professionally, it would mean that I suck as a person.

— Patton Oswalt, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

In the past, I’ve visited remote places – North Korea, Ethiopia, Easter Island – partly as a way to visit remote states of mind: remote parts of myself that I wouldn’t ordinarily explore.

— Pico Iyer

I try to eat whatever I want. I don’t like putting myself on a diet, but I try to eat organic, healthy, and lean with lots of green vegetables.

— Elsa Hosk

No second chances. It’s not so much about morality, but about my inability to forgive. I am a champion grudge holder, and I don’t think I could change this about myself even if I wanted to.

— Emily Giffin, Baby Proof

I had had my night of weeping…I had purged myself of useless emotions that terrible night, now every nerve every sinew, every thought was bent on a single purpose

— Elizabeth Peters

Now that I have definitely begun to live I find myself more and more convinced that civilization with its trappings and artificialities is not so good as nature.

— H.S. Ede, Savage Messiah

His lies were the taste of agave syrup and I fell for everyone of them…vulnerable me! I promise myself never to feel this lonely again…never.

— ~Jamillah Nadira ~

I’d spent way more years worrying about how to look like a poet — buying black clothes, smearing on scarlet lipstick, languidly draping myself over thrift-store furniture — than I had learning how to assemble words in some discernible order.

— Mary Karr, Lit

We are, each of us, a multitude. I am not the man I was this morning, nor the man of yesterday. I am a throng of myself queued through time. We are, gentle reader, each a crowd within a crowd.

— Josiah Bancroft, Arm of the Sphinx

I always envisioned myself being a rapper and being in the game and having success, but you never know what it feels like or how you’re going to be when you’re there.

— Wiz Khalifa

I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on the good things still in my life. I don’t allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each every morning, a few tears, and that’s all.

— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

I can already feel myself falling hard, something I’ve been known to do. All because she smiled at me.

— Jennifer Niven

There’s this parallel, perhaps less conscious desire, which is to numb myself to the world. To deal with the world tomorrow. Living is difficult. Dying is difficult.

— Jowita Bydlowska, Drunk Mom: A Memoir

Self-confidence can be defined in two sentences. (1) I trust myself to face life’s challenges and (2) I trust myself to follow my dreams and goals.

— Gudjon Bergmann, Empowerment Basics

..I buried myself in accomplishments, because with accomplishments, I believed I could control things, I could squeeze in every last piece of happiness before I got sick and died.. which I figured was my natural fate.

— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy others look at what I have and think me happy.

— Joseph Roux

When I looked at myself through the prism of awareness, great tears came as I connected with how this wounded child felt.

— David W. Earle

I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to… you have to laugh, especially at yourself.

— Madonna

I had to come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t have peace with myself until I found a way to like myself.

— Michael Barbarulo

Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning.

— Alan Bradley, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I’ve wanted to design golf courses ever since I was a kid. I suppose it comes from the way I’ve played the game. To find the proper way to play any hole, I’ve always begun by asking myself what the architect has tried to do with it.

— Jack Nicklaus

What made you fall in love with a prostitute?”“I didn’t understand it myself at the time. But I’ve thought about it since, and I think it was because, knowing that your body would never be mine alone, I had to concentrate on conquering your soul.

— Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Heck, I don’t know what it is. All I know is that my mind fractured like a mirror one day and here I am almost ten years later still cutting myself on the shards.

— Addison Moore, Whiskey Kisses

The paradox is that I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make, and I believe it has an important place. Others do, too, and the thousands of people with Morrissey tattoos certainly proves something.

— Morrissey

I had thus learned to push down my feelings, to force myself to not care, to do nothing and let things happen, come what may.

— Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning

When I sit down and write, I do it to relieve myself of the madness that burdens me so that new words can wrap me in newer, better, madness.

— George Ivanovic

I won’t stop until I can look at myself in the mirror in love with the person I see.

— Scott Stabile

I’m a born liar myself and I know how it’s done. You stick as close to the truth as you can. You pretend to volunteer a few bits of information, but the facts are all carefully selected for effect.

— Sue Grafton, B is for Burglar

Not having yet passed through those bitter experiences which enforce upon older years circumspection and coldness, I deprived myself of the pure delight of a fresh, childish instinct for the absurd purpose of trying to resemble grown-up people.

— Leo Tolstoy, Childhood

So if I want to buy a light in a shop and I don’t find a light that I like, I think to myself what would I like? What would I like to buy? Then I started to imagine and design it for myself a lot of the time.

— Marc Newson

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

— Winston Churchill

As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore, I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher.

— Giacomo Casanova, Geschichte Meines Lebens

If I like myself at this weight, then this is what I’m going to be. I don’t have an eating disorder.

— Courteney Cox

I protect myself by refusing to know myself.

— Floriano Martins

I realized that everything I had to do I could not do on my own, and so I was almost obliged to put myself in God’s hands, to trust in Jesus who – while I wrote my book on him – I felt bound to by an old and more profound friendship.

— Pope Benedict XVI

I’d rather strive for the kind of interview where instead of me asking to introduce myself to society, society asks me to introduce myself to society.

— Criss Jami, Killosophy

Harboring bitterness against people is actually confessing their sin to myself, over and over again. Anger is akin to confessing their sin to God, dissatisfied that he hasn’t done something and placing myself in his position as judge.

— Paul David Tripp

I smile to myself knowing that they may be dead.

— Emilie Autumn

That spring, Amelia takes Maya to the drugstore and lets her choose any polish color she likes. “How do you pick?” Maya says. “Sometimes I ask myself how I’m feeling, ” Amelia says. “Sometimes I ask myself how I’d like to be feeling.

— Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

I work every day-or at least I force myself into my office or room. I may get nothing done but you don’t earn bonuses without putting in time. Nothing may come for three months but you don’t get the fourth without it.

— Mordecai Richler

When I listen and enjoy the deepest silence I hear the sound of universal love and lose myself completely.

— Debasish Mridha

I had imagined myself into existence. I wrote because of an inner need, and that need was to create a clearer vision of myself, and in writing I became what I wrote.

— Christopher Priest, The Affirmation

I want to know exactly how many pieces of myself I had to give away before I became something else entirely.

— Kris Kidd, Return to Sender

It is not my wish to stay home so much that I become isolated, but to use the comforting influence of my home to restore and gather myself after each step I take in my expanding ability to participate in the world.

— Maureen Brady, Daybreak: Meditations For Women Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

The house was so quiet, as if everyone had been spirited out of sight. I had a feeling of moving through time itself. I saw myself as a small, scurrying animal rushing into my future. But I was not afraid.

— Ann Rinaldi, Wolf by the Ears

i’m afraid i’ll lose you if i share all that’s real.i’m afraid i’ll lose myself if i don’t.

— Scott Stabile

If you have total freedom to design, you won’t get anything interesting. So I give myself restraints in order to kind of push myself through, to create something new. It’s the torture that I give myself, the pain and the struggle that I go through.

— Rei Kawakubo

Guerilla warfare? I was in way over my head. I told myself that I could do this. It was guerilla warfare every time I went to sleep.

— Laura Thalassa, The Vanishing Girl

I want to escape from myself. For when I do start up and stare myself seedily in the face, as happens to be my case at present, my blankness is inconceivable–indescribable–my misery amazing.

— Charles Dickens

I am in love, and the river is beginning to ice over. I’d better go drown myself before I freeze to death.

— Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

For my part, I love to give myself up to the illusion of poetry. A hero of fiction that never existed is just as valuable to me as a hero of history that existed a thousand years ago.

— Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

Unjust. How many times I’ve used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don’t have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.

— Lillian Hellman

I cannot live my life striving only for my own security, I can only feel secure when I see myself useful in other people’s life.

— Nurudeen Ushawu

As I’ve gotten to know myself over the years, I realised I’m kind of a sweet, sensitive guy, a shy guy, and communication is not something I’m so good at.

— Christian Slater

If I know that I can do something that makes me happy, why do I allow myself to get so depressed?

— Kara Lee Corthron, The Truth of Right Now

You can hear my dreams? God, you must never get any quiet. I’d be shooting myself in the head if I were you.

— Jeaniene Frost

When I was in high school I used to sit by myself in the cafeteria – not necessarily by choice – but I thought it was funny to talk to people that weren’t there.

— Zach Galifianakis

I took my clothes out of the cupboard and looked at myself in the mirror. I dropped the wet towel. i took a long, clear-eyed look at myself. that i was different was nowhere apparent.

— Sachin Kundalkar, Cobalt Blue

I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage.

— Maria Callas

The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised.

— Henri Nouwen

Critics at their best are independent voices; people take seriously their responsibility to see as many things as they can see, put them in the widest possible perspective, educate their readers. I really do think of myself as a teacher.

— Terry Teachout

I’m sorry for breaking down when I should’ve been stitching myself back up

— Real Friends

My first ever job after college was as a flight attendant. I wanted to travel and could not afford it, so I decided to get myself a job where I could travel. I did it for two years and had great fun.

— Jacqueline Winspear

I love all of myself in all ways for all time. I am made of pure love, and it permeates all of my selves.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

Jun was a calm lake; Tomo was a waterfall. And I was the water, swept every which way, unable to shape myself into what I wanted.

— Julie Kagawa

I am worthy of daily joy, and I will treat myself to a glorious day of complete bliss at least once per month.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

Although most advice should be distrusted, particularly when it comes from myself . . . keep an open mind, Miss Hathaway. One should never look a rich husband in the mouth.” – St. Vincent

— Lisa Kleypas, Mine Till Midnight

Modern literature is a north-east wind–a blight of the human soul. I take credit to myself for having helped to make it so. The way to produce fine fruit is to blight the flower. You call this a paradox. Marry, so be it.

— Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey

I don’t like to be labeled, to be anything. I’ve made the mistake before myself of labeling my music, but it’s counter-productive.

— Neil Young

Surely you can entrust your task to your friends.” “No, ” said Taran, after a long pause, “I have taken it on myself through my own choice.””If that is so, ” answered Medwyn, “then you can give it up through your own choice.

— Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

I myself am not afraid of ghosts

— I am afraid of people.

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

— Anna Freud

It is with the oppressed, enslaved, African race that I cast in my lot; and if I wished anything, I would wish myself two shades darker, rather than one lighter.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

I don’t fit into any stereotypes. And I like myself that way.

— C. JoyBell C.

Why is it, ” she asked, snuggling closer, “that I so often imagine myself running away and running free?

— Mary Balogh, Simply Magic

I would slay myself on the altar of boredom if given the chance.

— Jessa Crispin, The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries

I can see myself before myself—A being through dark scenery.

— Dejan Stojanovic, Circling: 1978-1987

My mom was really cool. She’s the one that gave me the mentality about believing in myself and trusting it, that I was always gonna be okay, and that I could do things in a special way. She just pumped me up, you know?

— Pete Carroll

When I create an image that helps someone – even just myself – find peace, then I’ve attained my goal.

— Evelyn Lauder

I felt unready to hold myself responsible for the decision if I slept with him

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

He stares at me—taking me in—with his lips slightly parted. I struggle to hold myself in place as we gawk at each other. I want so desperately to run, but something is holding me back, keeping me in place.

— Ashley Earley, Alone in Paris

Whether I’m running, working, relating, parenting, learning – whatever I’m doing, I want to surround myself with people who push me.

— Kristin Armstrong

When I’m writing fiction, I read nonfiction or biographies. Now I’m watching very old movies or old foreign films. I don’t immerse myself in whatever’s going on in whatever area I’m working in.

— Whit Stillman

To be an end in myself is to bring an end to myself.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

I’ll never forgive myself for putting you in danger, allowing you to get hurt.

— Faith Sullivan, Unexpected

It was enough to drive me mad. I was no longer myself and yet I was so much more me than I had ever been before. ~Katherine Demure

— Gwenn Wright, Katherine’s Journal

I only found myself when I stopped looking. . .

— Erik Christian

But nowadays I feel guilty that I am granted the immunity of the artistically gifted, having never actually achieved anything to prove myself worthy.

— Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

Incidentally, I only have one cavity, and as much as my dentist asks me to, I just can’t bring myself to floss.

— Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Such is my experience – not that I ever mourned the loss of a child, but that I consider myself as lost!

— Deborah Sampson

I’d learned myself by the age of sixteen that just as girls guarded their virginity, boys guarded something less tangible which they called Themselves.

— Joyce Johnson, Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

I realise that in this undertaking I place myself in a certain opposition to views widely held concerning the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently defended on the nature of numbers.

— Georg Cantor

The way Bunker loved me, so fully, clearly, and without exception, helped me remember every day to try to bring that kind of love to myself and others in my life.

— Julie Barton, Dog Medicine

I made a big mistake, and I didn’t use it to make my life better. I used it to be okay with a life less lived. I used it to be okay with mediocrity and the mundane. And I didn’t make myself any better because of it.And that’s not okay with me.

— Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

When fear and suffering are disliked by me and others equally what is so special about me that I protect myself and not the other?

— Śāntideva

If you aren’t playing well, the game isn’t as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.

— Thomas J. Watson

I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.

— Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

I spend my nights thinking the worstAnd telling myself that everything’s going to work outI keep kicking myself in the mouthOpening up every cut that should be a scar by now

— Real Friends

No Blame: The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own self-destructive nonsense.

— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.

— Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

I’m such a strong human being. I amaze myself even. If only you knew what I’ve been up against, you’d want my autograph. I’m a real life superhero.

— Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

I work hard. I focus on myself and putting food on my dinner table before anything else. I don’t worry about other artists. Worrying about the next person in a negative way is the wrong way to be.

— Meek Mill

I genuinely enjoy the process of making colourful, delicious food. But I do allow myself an occasional piece of chocolate – today I had a pastry. If I fancy something, I’ll have it.

— Victoria Pendleton

I know I’m drinking myself to a slow death, but then I’m in no hurry.

— Robert Benchley

One sure way I can avoid facing myself is by refusing to look into the face of God.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

I walked into my own book, seeking peace.It was night, and I made a careless movement inside the dream; I turned too brusquely the corner and I bruised myself against my madness.

— Anaïs Nin, House of Incest

In sum, one of the primary things I learned was how to kill time. I learned also to wish away my life. I learned to give myself away.

— Derrick Jensen, Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution

You’re bubbly and approachable.”…. “I’m none of those things. The sarcastic wit and humorous charm is a front. I honestly despise people. I like to consider myself as more of a dictator that staff are confident in but scared to approach.

— Eden Summers, Inarticulate

I like marriage, family life and I wish to get married again. But opting out of an unhappy marriage was a duty toward myself & my future.

— Rossana Condoleo, Happy Divorce: How to turn your divorce into the most brilliant and rewarding opportunity of your life!

I see myself being a great-grandmother at my great-grandson’s graduation from a school that has my name on it.

— Jill Scott

I like music, ‘ she said slowly, ‘because when I hear it, I…I lose myself within myself if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once.

— Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

I craft most of my own tragedies without ever having even the remotest understanding that it is I myself who have done the crafting.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

I always pushed myself. Whenever I felt I needed to stop, I made myself run faster.

— Cecelia Ahern, A Place Called Here

I can think of God as my savior and even my friend, but I must never forget that He is God, and after He saves me, I must put myself in subjection to Him and His will.

— Lori Wick, The Pursuit

One thousand brilliant stars punched holes in my consciousness, pricking me with longing. I could stare at the stars for hours, their infinite number and depth pulling me into a part of myself that I ignored during the day.

— Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Maybe if I had gone on like that I could have stopped myself in time. Maybe at that point I still had it in me to come through.

— Liz Thebart, Walk Away

Let me be content with myself to the degree that my capacity to serve others is present, yet discontent with myself to the degree that I may still like to grow in better service for others.

— Criss Jami, Killosophy

I knew that I was supposed to respond with some kind of mannered phrase that ended with “hail Satan, ” but I couldn’t bring myself to do so. It seemed too empty and ritualistic, like wearing a uniform in a Christian school.

— Marilyn Manson, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

I fail enough and I beat myself up enough. I don’t need anybody else to do it for me.

— Jared Leto

I don’t compare myself to anyone else; I don’t make comments about anyone else because they do what feels right for them, and that’s okay by me.

— Taylor Swift

And okay, fine. If you have to kiss her, you have to kiss her. And believe me, I do not envy you. That’s taking one for the team a little far. I mean, I think I’d rather endure the stabbing myself instead of having to kiss her.

— Gena Showalter, Lord of the Vampires

I take my inspiration for the song writing from little experiences, not even if I’ve experienced them myself but say if something has made me sad, I will use that emotion. I just use everyday life and write about it.

— Pixie Lott

Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer.

— Nat Turner

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.

— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Famous people complain about fame, but they never want to give it back, myself included.

— Erica Jong

I don’t have to get married myself in order to campaign on behalf of gay marriage.

— Edmund White

I’ve considered having my nose fixed. But I didn’t trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.

— Barbra Streisand

I work every day-or at least I force myself into my office or room. I may get nothing done but you don’t earn bonuses without putting in time. Nothing may come for three months but you don’t earn the fourth without it.

— Mordecai Richler

I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else.

— David Levithan, Every Day

I decided, as a medical student, to devote myself to a study of the brain.

— John Eccles

I am a better person when I let myself have the time for romance and for love.

— Diane Kruger

I myself owe everything to French books. They developed in my soul the sentiments of humanity which had been stifled by eight years of fanatical and servile education.

— Cesare Beccaria

Outside, across the putrid moat and under the dark mute trees, I would often lie and dream for hours about what I read in the books; and would longingly picture myself amidst gay crowds in the sunny world beyond the endless forests.

— H.P. Lovecraft

I know it when I don’t know it. Sometimes I know it when I don’t think I know it. I need to trust myself in these moments, these rare moments of self-doubt.

— Rush Limbaugh

If anything I consider myself non-violent, I’m from the hippy era, peace, love, groovy.

— Rick James

Perfection is such a nuisance that I often regret having cured myself of using tobacco.

— Émile Zola

I was homeless for about 8 months, I refused to live with my dad or anyone for that matter. So I stayed somewhere that had no hot water, ever, no heat, I told myself I have to be strong and get through it on my own.

— Eric West

I have a completely addictive personality. Diet Coke is my last – God, I know people counting days off Diet Coke; I’m such a Diet Cokehead. Now I won’t let myself buy it.

— Mary Karr

I used to like to make myself sad, so I would listen to Bill Callahan as Smog.

— Gillian Jacobs

Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.

— Bobby McFerrin

I myself not dwells, the only people are dwells in underlying aim of my each work.

— Tanmaya Guru

So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position.

— Thom Mayne

How will I know who I can become if I don’t give myself the chance to try new things, to push myself beyond my normal boundaries? Who might I be if I am away from the things that I currently use to define myself?

— Eileen Cook, With Malice

I tell myself I’m fine on my own, but am I? No friends to fall back on, no relationships, no support. Left to my own devices, I have no devices.

— Jael McHenry, The Kitchen Daughter

I can do this, I lied to myself feebly. No one was going to bite me.

— Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

I am not a famous person at home – I’m just a guy here. I’m a father, I’m a companion, I’m a human being. I am not a public figure in my house; I am not a celebrity. I am not a famous person to myself – I am just a guy.

— William Hurt

I’m a weak man, Navani. I really am. If I give myself a few feet of leeway, I burst through all of my prohibitions.

— Dalinar Kholin

I’m tired and angry at me. For letting myself get smaller and smaller in the hopes that he would notice me more. But how can someone notice you if you keep getting smaller?

— Kathleen Glasgow, Girl in Pieces

Now I check myself in the mirror.”Why do women do that?” he asks.”What?””Look yourself down like there’s some problem needs fixing. You’re better than fine.

— David B. Ramirez

I roused myself from the book which I was dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet the cool night air in the suburbs.

— Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

How well I walk my talk, and not talk my talk, determines the quality of my engagement, of all my experience with what is quite personally my God. I’m my greatest teacher, and within me, I have the power to push myself deeper and higher.

— Lorraine Toussaint

He didn’t say anything more, just waited for me to tell him what I’d been thinking. It was pure speculation, and I was opening myself up to ridicule by saying anything at all. I sat on the stool and realized that I had my loyalties, too.

— Patricia Briggs

I don’t think of myself as a role model for others, but I like to live my life by my own integrity. So, in that sense, I might be a positive influence. I do believe you should get over your insecurities and just try to be the best you can.

— Lily Cole

I decide to release myself the only way I can imagine: I pee my pants.

— Phil Torcivia, Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks

I know I’m a good professional, I know that no one’s harder on me than myself and that’s never going to change, under any circumstances.

— Cristiano Ronaldo

I decided to find you, throw myself at your feet, and beg you to have mercy on me. Honestly, I’ll accept whatever you choose, Kelsey. Just don’t ask me to live apart from you again. Because…I can’t.

— Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Quest

I keep coming back to certain books, and you—to try to find myself again

— John Geddes

Literature and film in my opinion are like saloons where bottles have no labels. I want to taste each one myself and figure out which is what. If I’m denied this by labelling, then my entertainment is considerably lessened.

— Saadat Hasan Manto, Why I Write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto

I can be by myself because I’m never lonely; I’m simply alone, living in my heavily populated solitude, a harum-scarum of infinity and eternity, and Infinity and Eternity seem to take a liking to the likes of me.

— Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.

— Queen Elizabeth II

There’s a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up – or didn’t – and Jamaican stories.

— Neil Gaiman

I must refine my training every day to give myself the best opportunity to achieve my dreams during the Olympic Games in Rio.

— Ashton Eaton

Sometimes, I present myself as an expert and talk non-sense. To be honest, passing out hugs is far better than passing judgements. TRY THIS!

— Saurabh Sharma

I have always maintained a high level of fitness, and that is why I am still able to handle the demands of playing in the Premiership. People have always commented on my fitness, and it’s something I pride myself on.

— Richard Gough

Living with myself wasn’t all that easy. I was not the young girl I once was. Once upon a time when I looked in the mirror, I saw this happy glow. Now nothing glowed except the leftover face cream from the night before.

— Brenda Perlin, Shattered Reality

I was ashamed of myself for being ashamed of myself. I didn’t like feeling like that.

— Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.

— David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25 years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn’t that way growing up.

— Tony Dungy

When working, my diet degrades to pizza three times a day, because I don’t want to distract myself from anything.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.

— Nikki Giovanni

I surround myself with things that make me happy. Why? Because … it makes me happy.

— Kelly Epperson

Losing myself is so second nature to me by now that I’m always surprised when it’s noticed by others.

— Amy Wilensky, Passing for Normal

I needed some space to lay myself out, so that I could decide which pieces I wanted to pick up.

— Fennel Hudson, A Writer’s Year – Fennel’s Journal – No. 3

…I see myself at crossroads in my life, mapless, lacking bits of knowledge – then, the Moon breaks through, lights up the path before me…

— John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them.

— Roger Tory Peterson

I sometimes give myself excellent advice. Occasionally, I even listen to it.

— Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

I tell myself that with enough effort, I can control my feelings.

— Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Oh yes! I have couple-goals too. I love to couple myself with- Books, Coffee and Mountains.

— Jasleen Kaur Gumber

Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy

— Jane Austen

I thought to myself how much more welcome a faculty the imagination would be if we could tell when it was at work and when not.

— Kingsley Amis, The Green Man

The thought of killing myself had slowed me down to five miles per hour. The thought of killing someone else stopped me completely.

— David Sedaris, Naked

For someone like myself in whom the ability to trust others is so cracked and broken that I am wretchedly timid and am forever trying to read the expression on people’s faces.

— Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt it in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.

— Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

im in love with you and im not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

BearingsYou are my dear compass, who knows no way but true, so when I’m lost and drifting, I find myself in you.Yet when I ask you, fearful, if I should set you free, imagine my surprise to hearyou take your north from me.

— Louise Hawes, The Language of Stars

Yet I can’t bring myself to derail from her nor can I reject what I feel in the most primitive parts of me: hope. Because that’s what I feel with her, hope that the world can get better. Hope that a normal life can exist someday.

— Jocelyn White, The Ezekiel Experience

I was a flower that bloomed and sparked way too fast. He took me in ’cause I was pretty in all kinds of colors but way too soon I stood on his table sad and dried up. I forgot to nourish myself and the sun never shone from my sky.

— Charlotte Eriksson

Maybe I’m too late to be your first. But right now, I’m preparing myself to be your last.

— mr. sid

For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.

— Winston S. Churchill

I hate most people. And I don’t want to, it’s an awful way to be. But the human race gives me no comfort. I find myself turning to books and films for comfort still. It’s repulsive, because one’s life consists of people, not things.

— Morrissey

I call myself a teacher because they want me to call myself a teacher, but actually, what I’m doing is I’m studying.

— Chick Corea

I am trying not to philosophize. It is un-military. I think I can dig myself out of my academic mind and make an efficient officer.

— James Carl Nelson, Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I

Now I have to say I’m a complete atheist, I have no religious views myself and no spiritual views, except very watered down humanistic spiritual views, and consciousness is just a fact of life, it’s a natural fact of life.

— David J. Chalmers

I took the process of doing as much myself as I could like a duck to water. I set up my own label and publishing, etc, and it was a fun learning curve two decades ago.

— David Knopfler

……and not out of fear or loneliness, but only to find myself again… for we have come too far my Life, to turn back now…

— John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I am very, very strict with my workout regimen; not so much with my food, because I’m always working out, so I can allow myself to be a bit more naughty!

— Barbara Fialho

I visualized myself pulling on my mental thinking cap, jamming it down around my ears as I had taught myself to do. It was a tall, conical wizard’s model, covered with chemical equations and formulae: a cornucopia of ideas.

— Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Then I thought, “No, I broke it myself. I broke it on purpose to pay myself back for being such a heel.

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

An awful realization that I have been fooling myself all my life thinking there was a next thing to do to keep the show going and actually I’m just a sick clown and so is everybody else…

— Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

I hoped and prayed that they would someday forgive me for leaving them. I hoped and prayed that I would someday forgive myself for leaving them.

— Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The thing about this business is that you always end up finding these amazing stories and these amazing people who make amazing films. I just want to work with good people and keep challenging myself with different kinds of characters.

— Madhur Mittal

I let my love for myself grow infinitely. I understand that loving myself is emotionally healthy and necessary to my well-being.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

I tell myself that this is okay, but I realize that I don’t have to. This is what I want. Him. Me. Closer

— Nikki Rae, Sun Poisoned

It’s not that I mind being alone, not really. I can distract myself with silly fantasies and daydreams for hours, but in the end it always comes back to me. That’s what I’m left with: just me. And that’s what scares me more than anything. Me.

— Cat Clarke, Entangled

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

— Samuel Johnson

I am not protecting myself or preaching you my story, Reasons will be many but life will move on even in painful journey.

— Santosh Kalwar

I took anatomy classes. I went to medical libraries and talked to doctors and nutritionists. I did the whole thing before using myself as a human guinea pig.

— Marilu Henner

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between I occupy myself as best I can.

— Cary Grant

I’m trying my best to keep up with all this new technology, and I surround myself with all these wonderful people that are in the know and kind of help me out with all that.

— Dolly Parton

The yogic scriptures paint a picture of perfection, and perfection can be your aim, but I can tell you sad stories about myself and others who have entered into a state of premature holiness with unpleasant consequences.

— Gudjon Bergmann, Create a Safe Space: An Inspirational Guidebook for Yoga Teachers Who want to Further Serve their Students

I have decided that I’m ready to stop destroying myself and start creating. I have already accepted my invitation and no one will convince me again that I’m not worthy. Not ever again. I have been invited and I have said Yes. My Yes is final.

— Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

Trends are dangerous; you will fail if you design for them. You cannot follow the work of others. I have my own DNA, my own formula. I always stay true to myself and to the brand.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

Everything dictated silence and self-control but I couldn’t restrain myself and spoke my mind.

— Philip Roth, Operation Shylock: A Confession

I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.

— Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas

I’m at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God so there’s really nothing else that I worry about.

— Lance Bass

Because you’re not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.

— Madeleine L’Engle

Honestly, I don’t know if I have a favorite, ” he emphasizes the word. “I like a lot of different music, and find myself listening to different things depending on my mood or where I’m at in my life.” I secretly love that answer. A lot actually.

— J. Saman, Start Again

But while I have never considered myself a very good person, neither can I bring myself to believe that I am spectacularly bad one. Perhaps it’s simply impossible to think of oneself in such a way.

— Donna Tartt, The Secret History

I didn’t get hugely famous really quick. It was a slow, gradual process, so I was able to sort of grow into myself and figure out who I was and what I wanted without the glaring spotlight on me telling me who I was.

— Sarah McLachlan

The message is that I was reminding myself and informing others of the fact that God has always been good to me. No matter what you’re going through, God is always with us. Life is a journey.

— Andrae Crouch

And if ever I’m reduced to looking for a meaning to my life, you never can tell, it’s in that old mess I’ll stick my nose to begin with, the mess of that poor old uniparous whore and myself the last of my foul brood, neither man nor beast.

— Samuel Beckett, Molloy

I just sing the stuff that makes me smile, makes me feel like I didn’t sell myself out.

— Patti LaBelle

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.

— Audre Lorde

…the whole ‘know thyself’ thing isn’t a journey to a fixed destination. Learning about myself changes me, forcing me to learn more. ‘Know thyself’ isn’t a goal; it’s a road.

— Garon Whited, Nightlord: Shadows

In forgiving others, I free myself towards belonging and wholeness, be it with the person I am forgiving, or with myself.

— Sharon Weil, ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change

In spite of the haze of speculation, it is still something of a shock to find myself here, coming to terms with an enormous trust placed in my hands and with the inevitable sense of inadequacy that goes with that.

— Rowan Williams

I have been DJing in clubs for years. I always dreamed to be a famous DJ in Holland. And now it’s worldwide. You can’t imagine. I mean, I still can’t believe it myself that everything has gone so well.

— Tiesto

And I have exposed myself to art so that my work has something beyond just the usual potter.

— Beatrice Wood

And I, infinitesima­l being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, I felt myself a pure part of the abyss, I wheeled with the stars, my heart broke loose on the wind.

— Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.

— Oprah Winfrey

I have not yet tranquillised myself enough to see Frederica.

— Jane Austen, Lady Susan

What you think is your Karma. I hold myself to great Karma.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

I was headed for an entire life spent alone, pitying myself for not being more, ignoring all those people who actually ask me to be more, because they see it in me.

— Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

As a kid, I thought of myself as a funny person who secretly wanted to be serious, but now I think maybe I’m a serious person who secretly wants to be funny.

— Noah Baumbach

I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.

— Charles Darwin

Some part of me knew that I could play this part well, or better than well. But I was almost afraid to play it. The line between stage and life was so fragile here that I felt a risk of losing myself somehow.

— J.B. Cheaney

I never think of myself as any kind of sex symbol, but I get letters from all over, all sorts. It’s really cool. I get a lot from inmates, which is kind of scary. But the best was the guy who wanted to send me a plane ticket to fly me to his prom.

— Laura Prepon

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

— Lao Tzu

Vocation at its deepest level is, ‘This is something I can’t not do, for reasons I’m unable to explain to anyone else and don’t fully understand myself but that are nonetheless compelling.

— Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

I’m talking to myself in two different personas now. I’m reaching for a full-throttle meltdown and why not? Why stop halfway? Why not just go for it, jump on and ride the wave?

— C.K. Kelly Martin, My Beating Teenage Heart

Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful, ” then nothing else is important. If i can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.

— Mario Puzo, The Godfather

I play myself all the time, on camera and off. What else can I do?

— Harry Dean Stanton

I linger too long in his embrace; the night is so warm, the rocking of the boat so lulling, I have to stop myself from swaying to the music. Daniel smells really good—a masculine cocktail of saltwater, citrus, and probably just full-on testosterone.

— Lisa Daily, Single-Minded

My words, my writing, my actions—these have never been for myself alone, either directly or indirectly. There is no such thing as an artist who creates art only for himself. That is masturbation.

— Pramoedya Ananta Toer, The Mute’s Soliloquy: a Memoir

When I left for college, I told myself that this was a chance for reinvention. No one on the other side of the country knew that I was an introvert, so maybe if I tried not acting like an introvert, I wouldn’t be one.

— Andrea Seigel

You took a bath without me?”I smiled to myself at the accusation in his voice.

— Katie MacAlister, Sex, Lies and Vampires

For my relationships with men to change, I needed to change my relationship to myself as a woman.

— Gloria Ng, Well Water Woman

We are all subjected to two distinct natures in the same person. I myself have suffered grievously in that way.

— James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

I am accountable.I am correctable.I am transformable.Presenting myself a living sacrifice to God. By the love of God.By the word of God.Completely supplied in Christ Jesus.Unto all good works.

— Carlton T. Brown, Till Death Do We Shop

There is no use being alive if one must work. The event from which each of us is entitled to expect the revelation of his own life’s meaning – that event which I may not yet have found, but on whose path I seek myself – is not earned by work.

— André Breton

I kept trying to talk myself out of my second thoughts when they were trying to help me. My advice? When it comes to relationships, second thoughts should be promoted.

— Deb Caletti

I see myself and many artists like me as the torchbearers through these dark ages.

— John Zorn

I asked myself one day, ‘Would it be humane of me to completely destroy my mind and soul for the music?’ I knew immediately that the answer was no, so I knew I had to.

— Matt Borneman

I don’t need extra hours to clear my mind. I just need to stop taking everything seriously and drown myself in worry. All I need is to be a child again. To be free. And, start living again!

— Saru Singhal

I don’t really think of myself as gay, though, ” he began, and Kit rolled his eyes. “Don’t be so naïve, Willem, ” he said. “Once you’ve touched a dick, you’re gay.

— Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

My life is a series of invitations accepted and invitations rejected, and the place I now find myself is often a result of accepting the wrong invitations and rejecting the right ones.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

There are big parts of my life that I don’t share. I don’t share myself eating dinner with my family. I don’t talk about who I’m dating. That’s private that’s me.

— Ansel Elgort

I’m always trying to make myself laugh. I’m the most enthusiastic audience I’m likely to find, so if it doesn’t make me smile then it probably won’t work on you. The jokes that only make me shrug get cut.

— Victor LaValle

i didn’t call myself a writer until everyone else did. i knew it was real then.

— Darnell Lamont Walker

I distracted myself from the fear and terrorism by thinking about things like how the universe began and whether time travel is possible.

— Malala Yousafzai

I kind of imagine myself at eighty, a cat lady.

— Juliette Lewis

I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me.


I felt myself being invaded through and through, I crumbled, disintegrated, and only emptiness remained.

— Stanisław Lem, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem | Summary & Study Guide

I lost myself there — my mind imaging what was under his towel and what I would like to do to him. – Emma

— Martha Sweeney, Breathe In

Oh my love, pure and divine love, I want to drown in youand then get lost, to find myself again and again, as a symbol and source of love, pure, blissful and divine.

— Debasish Mridha