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It's all you. Really. You - yourself - you! Not meaning that in some overly self-centered or selfish way -- instead here we present 186 quotes to consider in your own self-discovery process and as you work to define who YOU are. You are wonderful, of course, and then, you are so much more. Here's to you!

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Be a good person, but don't waste your time trying to prove it.

--Paulo Coelho
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Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

--Zig Ziglar
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Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.

--Paulo Coelho
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The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.

--Blake Lively
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Be ready to pay the price of your dreams. Free cheese can only be found in a mousetrap.

--Paulo Coelho
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Although anxiety is part of life, never let it control you.

--Paulo Coelho
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Define yourself or be defined.

--Antero Alli
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Know yourself to improve yourself.

--Auguste Comte
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Be unique. Be different. Be yourself.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
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Seduce yourself first.

--Kamand Kojouri
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Don't be yourself, just be.

--Marty Rubin
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If your outer world is shaky, go within.

--Nikki Rowe
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Existence wants you to be you.

--Osho
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Never compromise yourself.

--Alexa Vega
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Accept yourself, love yourself.

--Chanel Iman
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Don't ever play yourself.

--DJ Khaled
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Love yourself no matter what!

--Erin Heatherton
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Have faith in yourself.

--Nathan Parsons
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Embrace your crazy.

--Shawn Johnson
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You have to be yourself.

--Young Thug
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Solitude is where you find yourself.

--Robert Celner
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You'll find your way.

--Rich Shapero
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Be genuine. Just be yourself.

--Jamie Eason
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Beauty comes from embracing who you are.

--Lindsey Leavitt
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Be as advertised.

--Johnnie Dent Jr.
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Reinvent yourself. Repeat.

--Alex Bogusky
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Be fully awake if you want to dream.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't let anyone make you feel that you don't deserve the good things that happen in your life.

--Paulo Coelho
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Everything depends on which path you take.

--Paulo Coelho
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A man has to choose. This is where lies his strength: in the power of his decisions. If you choose to follow the path of your dreams, commit yourself to it. Accept your path.

--Paulo Coelho
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Each man has an aptitude born with him. Do your work.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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But if you've ever felt love, you'll know how painful it is to suffer for love.

--Paulo Coelho
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Choosing one path means abandoning others -- if you try to follow every possible path you will end up following none.

--Paulo Coelho
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Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path.

--Paulo Coelho
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Do not forget: seek to win all your battles, including those you fight against yourself. Do not fear the scars. Do not be afraid of victory.

--Paulo Coelho
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Forgive your enemy, but do not mistake him for a friend.

--Paulo Coelho
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But don't forget that memory is like salt: the right amount brings out
the flavour in food, too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the
time, you'll find yourself with no present to remember.

--Paulo Coelho
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Finding one important thing in your life doesn't mean you have to give up all the other important things.

--Paulo Coelho
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But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't live every day as if it were your last. Live every day as if it were your first.

--Paulo Coelho
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Do not ask yourself if your love is big enough, because love is neither big nor small, it is simply love.

--Paulo Coelho
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Find someone who makes you smile, because it only takes a smile to make a day better.

--Paulo Coelho
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Always remember the proverb: This too shall pass. Your negative feelings won't last forever, there's a light at the end of every tunnel. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but you'll feel better eventually.

--Paulo Coelho
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Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Don't waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't be like those people who believe in positive thinking and tell themselves that they're loved and strong and capable. You don't need to do that because you know it already.

--Paulo Coelho
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Be not the slave of your own past.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.


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Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you´ll find your treasure.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.

--Paulo Coelho
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Enjoy your magic moment today. As it will not be here tomorrow.

--Paulo Coelho
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Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't fear the light within. May it ignite the Sacred Flame in your soul.

--Paulo Coelho
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Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced to put your dreams into practice.

--Paulo Coelho
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Follow your dreams, transform your life.

--Paulo Coelho

Longer Version:

Follow your dreams, transform your life, take the path that leads to God. Perform your miracles. Cure. Make prophecies. Listen to your guardian angel. Transform yourself. Be a warrior, and be happy as you wage the good fight. Take risks.


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Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.

--Paulo Coelho
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Don't give to anyone the power to put you down. Haters are losers pretending to be winners.

--Paulo Coelho
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Follow your own star!

--Dante Alighieri
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Don't fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don't get too attached to it -- it may become an addiction.

--Paulo Coelho
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Fight for your dreams, even if that means fighting alone.

--Paulo Coelho
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Only dead fish go with the flow.

--Derek Sivers
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Our own life has to be our message.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
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Become who you are.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
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Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest. Let's not waste any energy fighting things that are outside our control.

--Paulo Coelho
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You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.

--Zig Ziglar
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Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.

--Vladimir Putin
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The first step is you have to say that you can.

--Will Smith
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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

--Wayne W. Dyer
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You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.

--Wayne W. Dyer
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You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

--Thomas Wolfe
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To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

--Thomas Edison
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Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

--Thomas Jefferson
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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

--Theodore Roosevelt
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You are the music while the music lasts.

--T. S. Eliot
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You cannot be anything if you want to be everything.

--Solomon Schechter
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When you have confidence, you can do anything.

--Sloane Stephens
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When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.

--Steffi Graf
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Children reinvent your world for you.

--Susan Sarandon
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Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

--Sophia Loren
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When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

--Saint Francis de Sales
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What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.

--Richard Wilbur
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If you have a secret, people will sit a little bit closer.

--Rob Corddry
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You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

--Rosalynn Carter
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A friend is a gift you give yourself.

--Robert Louis Stevenson
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What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

--Robert H. Schuller
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Nothing external to you has any power over you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What you are comes to you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.

--Publilius Syrus
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You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.

--Publilius Syrus
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Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.

--Napoléon Bonaparte
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Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.

--Mackenzie Phillips
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With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

--Margaret Mitchell
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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

--Muhammad Ali
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Choose people who lift you up.

--Michelle Obama
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You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

--Michael Jordan
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You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.


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When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

--Martin Luther King Jr.
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When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.

--Marissa Mayer
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If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

--Mario Andretti
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