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We are all in this together, by ourselves. Video
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
Cioran, E. M.
I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.
To see ourselves as others see us can be eye-opening. To see others as sharing a nature with ourselves is the merest decency. But it is from the far more difficult achievement of seeing ourselves amongst others, as a local example of the forms human life has locally taken, a case among cases, a world among worlds, that the largeness of mind, without which objectivity is self-congratulation and tolerance a sham, comes.
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.
If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.
Hay, Louise L.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
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