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The Best Quotes About Identity

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A list of the best identity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous identity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic identity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational identity quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about identity?" and "What are inspirational identity quotes?"

This list includes notable identity quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest identity quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite identity sayings get to the bottom of the list.
  • 1

    It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.

    Jean Baudrillard
  • 2

    Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.

    Samuel Johnson
  • 3

    Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

    Erich Fromm
  • 4

    “The act of writing itself is much like the construction of a mirror made of words. Looking at certain illuminated corners of or cracks within the mirror, the author can see fragments of an objective reality that comprise the physical universe, social communities, political dynamics, and other facets of human existence. Looking in certain other corners of the same mirror, he or she may experience glimpses of a True Self sheltered deftly behind a mask of public proprieties.”

  • 5

    I is another.

    Arthur Rimbaud
  • 6

    An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.

    James Baldwin
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    “Once you do a piece on the stage, you become that poem or you become that piece. That’s really who you are. I think that’s why some artists have stage names, you know? I don’t have a stage name, it’s pretty much just me.”

    Clinton D. Powell
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    An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.

    James Baldwin
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    The minute you or anybody else knows what you are you are not it, you are what you or anybody else knows you are and as everything in living is made up of finding out what you are it is extraordinarily difficult really not to know what you are and yet to be that thing.

    Gertrude Stein
  • 10

    The real meditation is... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voil? une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voil? une chose!

    Ezra Pound
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    I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.

    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg