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INDIVIDUALITY
[ Also see Character Distinction Eccentricity Ego Imitation Individualism Mob Originality Personality Singularity ]

Nature made him, and then broke the mold.
      - Ludovico Ariosto

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
      - William Blake

Not nations, not armies, have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

We move too much in platoons; we march by sections; we do not live in our vital individuality enough; we are slaves to fashion, in mind and in heart, if not to our passions and appetites.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
      - Charles Horton Cooley

Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
      - James Fenimore Cooper

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man; as, monachism of the Hermit Anthony, the Reformation of Luther, Quakerism of Fox, Methodism of Wesley, abolition of Clarkson. Scipio, Milton called "the height of Rome;" and all history resolves itself easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons. Let a man, then, know his worth, and keep things under his feet.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great man is a unique. The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part he could not borrow.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every individual nature has its own beauty. One is struck in every company, at every fireside, with the riches of nature, when he hears so many new tones, all musical, sees in each person original manners, which have a proper and peculiar charm, and reads new expressions of face. He perceives that nature has laid for each the foundations of a divine building, if the soul will build thereon.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human faculties are common, but that which converges these faculties into my identity separates me from every other man. That other man cannot think my thoughts, he cannot speak my words, he cannot do my works. He cannot have my sins, I cannot have his virtues.
      - Henry Giles

Individuals, not stations, ornament society.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Thou art in the end what thou art. Put on wigs with millions of curls, set thy foot upon ell-high rocks. Thou abidest ever--what thou art.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

God gave every man individuality of constitution, and a chance for achieving individuality of character. He puts special instruments into every man's hands by which to make himself and achieve his mission.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

If individuality has no play, society does not advance; if individuality breaks out of all bounds, society perishes.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions,--some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church." On the prow of of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll, Individuality,
        Magellan quotation probably incorrectly attributed to him by Ingersoll

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making.
      - William James

The epoch of individuality is concluded, and it is the duty of reformers to initiate the epoch of association. Collective man is omnipotent upon the earth he treads.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

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.
      - John Stuart Mill

The worth of a state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it.
      - John Stuart Mill

Experience serves to prove that the worth and strength of a state depend far less upon the form of its institutions than upon the character of its men; for the nation is only the aggregate of individual conditions, and civilization itself is but a question of personal, improvement.
      - Samuel Smiles

The greatness of an artist or a writer does not depend on what he has in common with other artists and writers, but on what he has peculiar to himself.
      - Alexander Smith

Let us shun everything, which might tend to efface the primitive lineaments of our individuality. Let us reflect that each one of us is a thought of God.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)


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