In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.


Silence is the answer. And silence arises when we are willing to let go of everything we have built up so far, and continue from there. Not to want to perform to become what we pursue-- but to become who we are.

Gert van Leeuwen

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

Mark Twain

The greatest influence you can possibly have is to radiate your own being from the level of the true self. It’s not out of duty that we let our light shine, but because it’s our joy to bring light into the world.

from Shedding the Weight, Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience, Day 21

The bridge between what I do and who I am, is contribution. Who I am affects the unique contribution I am able to give.

Annie Zalezsak, February 21, 2016

Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you’ve buried beneath other people’s needs.

Kristen Hannah

What you get in your life is not a result of what you want, it is a result of Who You Are.

Marlon Smith

I have also felt the temptation to go back to what was comfortable and easy. However, once you know better, and you step backward, life will let you know, bluntly, that you're going the wrong way. When you embark on the road less travelled, you become more authentic. That is the direction all of life in the Universe beckons you. Go. It is the only way. Even if you step back, ultimately fate will lead you in the right direction. Surrender to the way that your heart calls. No one else can tell you what that is... their opinions don't count. But trust that in the end, at the highest soul level, they too will support you.

Annie Zalezsak, November 25, 2013

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca (60 BC-37 AD) Roman Rhetorician and Writer

When you are in alignment with who-you-really-are, you cannot help but uplift those with whom you come into contact. Your value to those around you hinges upon only one thing: your personal alignment with Source. And the only thing you have to give to another is an example of that alignment — which they may observe, then desire, and then work to achieve — but you cannot give it to them. Everyone is responsible for the thoughts they think and the things that they choose as their objects of attention.

Abraham-Hicks, from the book, Money and the Law of Attraction

Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

Will Rogers

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

e.e. cummings

Run, run, run — with everything you have — into everything you are meant to be.

Tama Kieves in Inspired and Unstoppable

Take your Inner Being everywhere you go. If you take your Inner Being to the party, it’s going to be a good party! If you take your Inner Being, the food that you eat will be received perfectly by the cells of your body. Every word that comes out of your mouth will be beneficial to everyone who hears them with their ears – or with their vibration. Don’t go anywhere without your Inner Being. That’s what “Allowing” is. Always having your Inner Being present. And then, anything else that happens is always orchestrated perfectly by Law of Attraction.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in El Paso, TX on Saturday, February 17, 2001

You can find on the outside only what you possess on the inside.

Adolfo Montiel Ballesteros

There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell

Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.

John Jakes

Our cities and places are no longer ours. Our lives are zoned like we’re a resource to be managed… I wanted to live in a world that was an expression of who we are.

Mark Lakeman

You don't have to work at being in the high vibration that is natural to you, because it is natural to you. But you do have to stop holding the thoughts that cause you to lower your vibration. It's a matter of no longer giving your attention to things that don't allow your cork to float or don't allow you to vibrate in harmony with who you really are.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, April 19th, 1997

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofmann

Honesty is when there is harmony in what you think, say, and do.

from Love Is The Answer, by Gerald G Jampolsky

We admire people for their strength but we love them for their vulnerability.


The universe works on a need-to-know basis; when we ask we are answered.

from Ask Your Angels, by Alma Daniel, Timothy Wyllie, Andrew Ramer

Everything we see is but a mirror of what we are.

from Goodbye to Guilt, by Gerald G Jampolsky

The universe will pay you to be yourself and do what you really love.

Shakti Gawain, author of Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life, Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation and Reflections in the Light: Daily Thoughts and Affirmations

There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle.

Ralph Waldo Trine, author of In Tune With the Infinite and The Greatest Thing Ever Known 1898

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin – see Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

Being our Self is the wisest philosophy, the bravest action, the kindest consideration and the greatest act of healing imaginable.

from Living Wonderfully, by Robert Holden (see other works by Robert Holden)

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

Stop trying to figure out what is ‘best’ for you (how you can win the most, lose the least, get what you want) and start going with what feels like Who You Are.

from Conversations with God, Book 2, by Neale Donald Walsch

Integrity is that congruence between our inner and outer worlds.

from Where Do I Go From Here? An Inspirational Guide To Making Authentic Career and Life Choices, by Dr Kenneth C Ruge

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish Writer, author of She Stoops to Conquer

Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make your life consistent with the quality of your spirit? Then start by proclaiming, “This is what I am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I’m going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!”

from Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) author of Treasure Island

No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way, you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – see The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.

Hildegard Von Bingen – see Hildegard Von Bingen's Mystical Visions: Translated from Scivias and Selected Writings: Hildegard of Bingen

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

Leo Buscaglia

Never so act, in any manner, in any inclination, that there may ever be an experience of regret within self. Let the moves and the discourteousness, the unkindness, all come from the other. Better to be abased … and have the peace within! … act ever in the way ye would like to be acted toward. No matter what others say or even do, do as ye would be done by; and then the peace that has been promised is indeed thine own.

Edgar Cayce Reading 1183-3 – see Twelve Lessons in Personal Spirituality: An Overview of the Edgar Cayce Readings on Personal Transformation

To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.

Janet Erskine Stuart

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James (1842-1909) American psychologist and author

To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

ee cummings (1894-1962) American poet and author

Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.

Brian Tracy

Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

If I could choose
Freely in that great treasure-house
Anything from any shelf,
I would give you back yourself,
And power to discriminate
What you and and want it not too late.

Edward Thomas

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be.

Socrates (469-399 BC) Greek philosopher

The inner voices of the body want to speak to us, to inform us of the truths beneath the fixed surface of our external lives.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p75), by John O’Donohue

Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

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Short Quotes

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.


Be yourself. The world worships an original.

Ingrid Bergman

Go inside, for that is where your home is.

Blackwolf Jones
from Listen to the Drum, p43

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu