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Friedrich Nietzsche – Being overwhelmed by the tribe

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Friedrich NietzscheThe individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche   (Oct 15, 1844-Aug 25, 1900)

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Salman Rushdie – What kind of idea are you?

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Salman RushdieWhat kind of idea are you? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damn-fool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – The kind that will almost certainly, ninety-nine times out of hundred, be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world.

Salman Rushdie   (1947-)

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Epicurus – Cater to the crowd

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EpicurusI have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.

Epicurus  

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Carl Rogers – If we value independence. . .

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Carl RogersIf we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.

Carl Rogers  

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Charles de Lint – Editing ourselves

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Charles de LintWe’re so quick to cut away pieces of ourselves to suit a particular relationship, a job, a circle of friends, incessantly editing who we are until we fit in.

Charles de Lint  

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