Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.
~ The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
I am I, and I won't subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind.
~ Martin Eden
by Jack London
Constantly just to herself, mind! This is the quality of true passion.
~ Sandra Belloni
by George Meredith
She was always trying to be what her husband wished, and never able to repose on his delight in what she was.
by George Eliot
"Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out!"
by Eleanor H. Porter
Few people can resist doing what is universally expected of them. This invisible pressure is more difficult to stand against than individual tyranny.
~ That Fortune
by Charles Dudley Warner
"It is no use lying to one's self."
~ A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
"My dear Watson," said he, "I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers."
~ The Greek Interpreter
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's."
~ Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.
~ White Fang
by Jack London