“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”
“To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
“The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.”
“Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?”
Dame Edith Sitwell
“One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness”
“One must not make oneself cheap here -- that is a cardinal point -- or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself”
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