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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.
Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.
Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.
We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.
Those who talk about individuality the most are the ones who most object to deviation, and in a few years it may be the other way around. Some day everybody will just think what they want to think, and then everybody will probably be thinking alike; that
Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd.
A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed.
No one can transcend their own individuality.
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
Be yourself, who else is better qualified?
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
Our expenses are all for conformity.
Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
It is said that if Noah's ark had to be built by a company; they would not have laid the keel yet; and it may be so. What is many men's business is nobody's business. The greatest things are accomplished by individual men.
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.
The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.
What is wanted -- whether this is admitted or not -- is nothing less than a fundamental remolding, indeed weakening and abolition of the individual: one never tires of enumerating and indicating all that is evil and inimical, prodigal, costly, extravagant in the form individual existence has assumed hitherto, one hopes to manage more cheaply, more safely, more equitably, more uniformly if there exist only large bodies and their members.
What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.
But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal Impulses and preferences.
Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.
A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations.
The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.

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