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You're under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.

Alan Watts, philosopher

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.

Rumi, poet

A kind heart, an open mind, a willing body and a loving spirit make a powerful person.

Susan McCann, singer

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.

John Wooden, coach

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Bruce Lee, actor

Excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius.

Robert T Kiyosaki, businessman

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.

Jim Morrison, musician

There's always a little bit of personal satisfaction when you prove somebody wrong.

Drew Brees, athlete

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.

Aristotle, philosopher

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.

Sigmund Freud, psychologist

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier.

Susan Lieberman,

Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

Marianne Williamson, author

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons.

Miguel de Unamuno, educator

Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.

Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

Nelson Mandela, statesman

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.

Winston Churchill, statesman

Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.

Charles M. Schwab, businessman

I really didn't want to have my name on the center, because it just seemed like it was too much of a personal thing.

Betty Ford, first lady

Singing really is acting. In a lot of ways, it's much more personal. I love music, and being able to work on that is amazing.

Leighton Meester, actress

My family gave me values that have sustained me through situations that would challenge any person. My personal relationship with the Lord inspires me in all I do.

Kathy Ireland, model

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.

Roseanne Barr, actress

A person's fate is their own temper.

Benjamin Disraeli, statesman

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

Erich Fromm, psychologist

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

Oprah Winfrey, entertainer

There is no personal achievement in being born beautiful.

Loretta Young, actress

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.

Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties.

Hugh Mackay, scientist

In a couple, sometimes, one or both people have to give up their personal life, dreams and ambitions for the good of the family.

Monica Bellucci, actress

My personal goals are to be happy, healthy and to be surrounded by loved ones.

Kiana Tom, model

To double your success, triple what you spend on personal development and professional learning. The person who know the most becomes the best.

Robin Sharma, author

I was a personality before I became a person. I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven.

Barbra Streisand, actress

Personality is born out of pain. It is the fire shut up in the flint.

J. B. Yeats,

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.

Aleister Crowley, critic

We believe in personal choice, rather than society dictating how we must live our lives.

Mike Peters, cartoonist

I think often times when people choose to be part of a charity; it's usually because something is very personal.

Elizabeth Berkley, actress

Reading is such a personal thing to me. I'd much rather give someone a gift certificate to a bookstore, and let that person choose his or her own books.

Erik Larson, author

You know what my greatest personal stumbling block is? My shyness.

Susan Lucci, actress

I don't believe he had a responsibility to even answer that question - you have no responsibility to answer personal questions that people have no right to ask you.

Chris Matthews, journalist

People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness.

Lucinda Williams, musician

I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property.

Norman O. Brown, philosopher

People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president

I don't drink, and I don't smoke. It's a personal preference. My mom has never drunk or smoked. I look up to my mom.

Ashley Tisdale, actress

I have an unfortunate personality.

Orson Welles, actor

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.

Henri Matisse, artist

Make decisions about the President's personal security. He can overrule you, but don't ask him to be the one to counsel caution.

Donald Rumsfeld, politician

I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace.

Mahatma Gandhi, leader

True freedom is where an individual's thoughts and actions are in alignment with that which is true, correct, and of honor - no matter the personal price.

Bryant H. McGill, poet

My mother told me never explain, never complain. Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable.

Jennifer Jones, actress

It's always been my personal feeling that unless you are married, there is something that is not very dignified about talking about who you are dating.

Luke Wilson, actor

My personal philosophy would be don't whine, don't let opportunities pass you by, be willing to work hard, and remember that you don't know as much as you think you do, ever.

James Marsters, actor

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination - think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.

Terry Brooks, writer

I keep lists of names of people that I have met, a list of things to do day by day as well as a log of how my time is consumed throughout the day. It's a very important part of my personal discipline.

Bob Graham, politician

Who has skill in the art of music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.

Martin Luther, monk

A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.

George H. Mead, philosopher

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.

Mae West, actress

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography.

John Irving, novelist

Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.

David Suzuki, scientist

I think that celebrities should never underestimate their power. I mean just to draw attention, because then people get involved on a personal level.

Debbie Gibson, musician

It's probably a combination of personal and non-personal matters that have led us to where we are musically.

Serj Tankian, musician

The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions. You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you're not going to change each other's minds. It's a waste of your time and my time.

Barbara Bush, first lady

Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash. Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.

Jim Carrey, comedian

I think that politics could be a positive thing. My beef is that people focus on the personal aspect of a politician too much. They should focus on the results.

LL Cool J, musician

I try to separate my personal life from swimming.

Michael Phelps, swimmer

Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style.

Kobe Bryant, athlete

When I lose, I take it very personally.

Jennie Finch, athlete

People go through life and make personal decisions and sometimes they don't work out. I won't be the first person to be divorced.

Tiki Barber,

It was Public Art, defined as art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money.

Dave Barry, journalist

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

Anais Nin, author

One of your tasks is to separate the "personal" from the "substantive." The two can become confused, especially if someone rubs the President wrong.

Donald Rumsfeld, politician

Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.

Mahatma Gandhi, leader

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.

Aldous Huxley, novelist

I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.

Isaac Asimov, scientist

For me, our beaches have always been a source of personal inspiration.

Thomas Carper, economist

If somebody pisses me off and I understand it ain't personal then I'll go to another place and I'll meditate.

Martin Lawrence, comedian

I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.

Tim Burton, director

I consider myself a religious person. God is something very personal with me and I don't flaunt religion in conversation with others.

Richard Chamberlain, actor

I'm sorry if the following sounds combative and excessively personal, but that's my general style.

Ian Jackson, scientist

A representative is free delivery; she's a personal beauty consultant. Some people want that high touch.

Andrea Jung, businesswoman

I sometimes lie, especially about personal things, because what does it matter? I am a kind of minute commodity, my name is no longer my own.

River Phoenix, actor

I am struck by the fact that personal faith and political agendas are intertwined more closely now than at any other time in recent history.

David E. Price, politician

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait. (About Books; Recoiling, Rereading, Retelling, New York Times, February 22, 1987)

Anatole Broyard, critic

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.

Robert Louis Stevenson, writer

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.

Seamus Heaney, poet

You put yourself on the line as a performer, and when people reject you, it's a personal rejection.

Morgan Brittany, actress

Men of authority have employed all the destructive agents around them to promote their own personal interests at the sacrifice of every just, honorable, and lawful consideration.

John White Geary, lawyer

One reason we resist making deliberate choices is that choice equals change and most of us, feeling the world is unpredictable enough, try to minimise the trauma of change in our personal lives.

Hugh Mackay, scientist

Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.

Marc Maron, entertainer

Well, I make every song I sing personal. I've never chosen a song that wasn't.

Carly Simon, musician

The voice collects and translates your bad physical health, your emotional worries, your personal troubles.

Placido Domingo, musician

A life coach does for the rest of your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.

Elaine MacDonald, activist

Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these.

John Burroughs, author

The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

As to virtue . . . it is an act of the will, a habit which increases the quantity, intensity and quality of life. It builds up, strengthens and vivifies personality.

Alexis Carrel, scientist

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

After puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious. . . . Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late.

Antonio Gramsci, politician

It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer

A true personality . . . is like a robust organism that, with unconscious sureness, seeks out and digests the nourishment appropriate to it and vigorously rejects that which is unsuitable.

Gustav Mahler, composer

The monk in hiding himself from the world becomes not less than himself, not less of a person, but more of a person, more truly and perfectly himself: for his personality and individuality are perfected in their true order, the spiritual, interior order.

Thomas Merton, author

People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.

Henry Morgan, criminal

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.

Aldous Huxley, novelist

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.

Judith Viorst, author

I think that public service is tough on a family - no ifs, ands, buts about it. I have my own personal wishes, but they're not always front and center.

Maria Shriver, journalist

Impartial - unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.

Ambrose Bierce, journalist

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.

George Eliot, author

Unless we include a job as part of every citizen's right to autonomy and personal fulfillment, women will continue to be vulnerable to someone else's idea of what need is.

Gloria Steinem, activist

The problem isn't that people don't understand how good things are. It's that they know, from personal experience, that things really aren't that good.

Paul Krugman, economist

We have limits to what we can do. At some point there has to be an informed personal choice.

Jim Geringer, politician

It can feel like an invasion of privacy, involving an employer in a personal matter.

Frank Murphy, politician

Virginity is such a personal thing. You can't judge anyone on it. A lot of young women feel they want to save themselves for the man who they think they'll love forever.

Joyce Brothers, psychologist

I am and always will be an HRH. But out of personal choice I like to be called William because that is my name and I want people to call me William - for now.

Prince William, royalty

We agreed that we cannot let personal political attacks get in the way of doing the very best we can for California's children.

Rob Reiner, director

Sometimes, on a personal level, I wince.

Terry Semel, businessman

It's the same with people knowing absolutely everything there is to know about an actor. I actually think the more personal information you have about an actor, the more you have to carve out for yourself when you go to a movie and see them in it.

Holly Hunter, actress

I believe sanity and realism can be restored to the teaching of Mathematical Statistics most easily and directly by entrusting such teaching largely to men and women who have had personal experience of research in the Natural Sciences.

Ronald Fisher, mathematician

The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell, politician

Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual, embodying selfish desires - and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good.

Arthur Peacocke, theologian

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm.

Andre Kostelanetz, musician

To be successful in real estate, you must always and consistently put your clients' best interests first. When you do, your personal needs will be realized beyond your greatest expectations.

Anthony Hitt, businessman

My personal advice is to go to school first and get a liberal arts education, and then if you want to pursue acting, go to graduate school.

Jillian Bach, actress

I feel as though we're living in a time where there is very little distinction paid between the personal and the professional.

Wentworth Miller, actor

People care about my personal life. But really I'm dorky! I drink beer and go to football games. And ya know, sit in my house in a t-shirt on the weekends and play with my dog!

Sophia Bush, actress

006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.

Sean Bean, actor

This wealth of experiences, personal and professional, have helped me appreciate the variety of perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear.

Sonia Sotomayor, judge

Personally, I don't like watching violence. I'd much rather see more skin.

Cameron Diaz, actress

I love working with a stylist but I also love having personal relationships with designers. A stylist is great for pulling together an entire outfit, accessories included, and for shaking me out of my comfort zone.

Elizabeth Banks, actress

My fellow citizens, the American Presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.

Sarah Palin, politician

In the book I define conservatism, as I believe it is fit upon four categories of principle: respect for The Constitution, respect for life, less government, and personal responsibility.

Jonathan Krohn, author

Believe me, the next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar, the rejection of the dollar is a big, big event, and then your personal liberties are going to be severely threatened.

Ron Paul, politician

What does it mean to be a conservative? I don't even know anymore. I know what it means to me. It means to me, personal responsibility. That if I've done something wrong, its up to me to pay the price. It's up to me to make it right.

Glenn Beck, journalist

For years now I have been talking about personal responsibility and accountability, both in our private lives and in the halls of government. Those are important principles here in Idaho, and they will form the basis of this administration.

Butch Otter, politician

Some people in LA are addicted. They have to be here. My personal life is stronger than my professional life, in terms of priorities.

Debi Mazar, actress

We want to be sensitive to people's concerns about privacy about their personal being and things, while ensuring that everybody on every flight has been properly screened.

John Pistole, public servant

The personal thing is something I have never talked about. And I never will. That is prohibited. My job is public. But that's it. When you're not working, you don't have an obligation to be public.

Javier Bardem, actor

My personal belief is that you carry your own water in a relationship. If you see a girl and you think she's hot, that's a very human reaction, but you don't go and tell your spouse that, you know? So in one way it's how you behave.

Mark Ruffalo, actor

I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma.

Anthony Weiner, politician

We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.

Mitt Romney, politician

I'm very comfortable discussing my personal life, because it's so boring.

Daniel Radcliffe, actor

It's hard knowing who to trust with your personal life. When you cry in your room at night, you don't always know who to call. So I am very close to my family.

Lady Gaga, musician

Maybe I am skipping over the city and going from very personal things to the world, from internal experience to giant, far-away-from-space experience.

Regina Spektor, musician

That's part of the reason Rex drafted me, because I value this job. It's my life. If somebody wanted to take that away from me, it's personal.

Mark Sanchez, athlete

Let me say this on a personal note. Without the United States of America, I would in all probably not be able to stand here before you today.

Angela Merkel, statesman

I was inspired to create 'My Life' so I could finally share a personal part of my life beyond my music.

Mary J. Blige, musician

I feel like the quality of privacy and respect of people's personal space has been completely disintegrated. You can ask to take the picture. I will be so glad to take the picture and pose and look good for the picture.

Busta Rhymes, musician

The personal threat is something that's always been a part of our lives.

Busta Rhymes, musician

As Americans, we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility.

Rick Perry, politician

We need more extreme movies in Sweden.Personal projects that are necessarily made for a bigger audience. I think it creates a creative lock-up to have the audience as a goal.

Noomi Rapace, actress


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