quote by Erving Goffman

Our sense of being a person can come from being drawn into a wide social unit; our sense of selfhood can arise through the little ways in which we resist the pull. Our status is backed by the solid buildings of the world, while our sense of personal identity often resides in the cracks

— Erving Goffman

Most Powerful Selfhood quotations

Transcendence constitutes selfhood.

Claim your divine, glorious selfhood.

Think it, talk it, live it and it will demonstrate itself in your life.

Selfhood begins with a walking away, And love is proved in letting go.

I have confronted theoretical positions whose protagonists claim that what I take to be historically produced characteristics of what is specifically modern are in fact the timelessly necessary characteristics of all and any moral judgment, of all and any selfhood.

We Americans have a chance to become someday a nation in which all racial stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, socially, economically, and politically.

The event of falling in love... in one high bound it has overleaped the massive wall of our selfhood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being.

What might once have been called whining is now exalted as a process of asserting selfhood; self-absorption is regarded as a form of self-expression.

The act of migration puts into crisis everything about the migrating individual or group, everything about identity and selfhood and culture and belief. So if this is a novel about migration it must be that act of putting in question. It must perform the crisis it describes.

Men are egotists, and not all tolerant of one man's selfhood;

they do not always deem the amities elective.

Ego synthesized is selfhood, the sense of self-importance, that you really matter ... nothing could be further from the truth.

Whoever lacks the initiative to read books stifles his own selfhood.

Novels are a kind of experiment in selfhood, for the reader as well as for the author.

We Americans have the chance to become someday a nation in which all radical stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, socially, economically, and politically. We can become a dynamic equilibrium, a harmony of many different elements, in which the whole will be greater than all its parts and greater than any society the world has seen before. It can still happen.

How selfhood begins with a walking away, and love is proved in the letting go.

I'm interested in the ongoing war between the individual and community.

That inner dissent against whatever group is surrounding you. No one wants to cede their selfhood to a group, right? And yet no one can exactly live outside the group, either. Even the most obstinate survivalist probably lives in some telepathic communion with all the other obstinate survivalists out there in the woods.

The teachers who have had the most impact on me and on most learners I know are teachers whose "selfhoods" have been deeply invested in what they are doing.

To master the pride of defiant selfhood, that in truth is the highest bliss.

The Beatles defined their own sense of values and honor.

They took stances without ever being politically correct. And they did it all with incredible humor... I honestly think that there are certain things in life that help people understand themselves. I think the Beatles are one of those things. They resonate the journey of true selfhood, really.

The first thing Islam does is to destroy the self image of the believers.

It convinces them that without Islam they are worthless creatures only fit for hellfire. It tells them that their culture is jahelyyah (ignorance) and their ancestral religion was taaghoti (satanic). They are made to despise their identity and selfhood and seek their glory in their submission to Islam and slavery to its deity who was Muhammad's own alter ego.

In all cultures, the family imprints its members with selfhood.

Human experience of identity has two elements; a sense of belonging and a sense of being separate. The laboratory in which these ingredients are mixed and dispensed is the family, the matrix of identity.

Freedom is the moment between sleep and waking before selfhood and the world return.

Do not feel that you are destined to enlightenment in this life.

You have no idea. This is an illusion of selfhood. It's gross ignorance and egotism.

To have the illusion of selfhood simply means that when you look in the mirror, you see somebody.

The illusion of selfhood, ego, a separate identity is false.

Knowing one was comprised of recycled matter only and that selfhood was a delusion did not take away the aching of the heart.

There is no point in being a responsible member of society, nor is there any point in being an irresponsible member of society. Both are very defined descriptions of selfhood

We now spend a good deal more on drink and smoke than we spend on education.

This, of course, is not surprising. The urge to escape from selfhood and the environment is in almost everyone almost all the time.

Most lives are a flight from selfhood.

Most prefer the truths of the stable. You stick your head into the stanchions and munch contentedly until you die. Others use you for their purposes. Not once do you look outside the stable to lift your head and be your own creature.

As a teenager I had never been able to accept the fact of having to go to the back of a bus or sit in the segregated section of a train. The first time I had been seated behind a curtain in a dining car, I felt as if the curtain had been dropped on my selfhood.

He watched a catbird hopping around in an azalea that was readying itself to bloom; he envied the bird for knowing nothing of what he knew; he would have swapped souls with it in a heartbeat. And then to take wing, to know the air's buoyancy even for an hour: the trad was a no-brainer, and the catbird, with its lively indifference to him, its sureness of physical selfhood, seemed well aware of how preferable it was to be the bird.

By the grace of God you are what you are;

glory in your selfhood, accept yourself and go on from there.

There exists a "fear of freedom" of selfhood, which makes people want to submerge themselves in the mass and confession is one of the obvious means by which they can do so, for thereby they lose those traits which cause them to feel separate.

...(I)ndividual selfhood is expressed in the self's capacity for self-transcendence and not in its rational capacity for conceptual and analytic procedures.

Pour out wine till I become a wanderer from myself;

for in selfhood and existence I have felt only fatigue.