Quotes and Sayings about Identity



"Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: People, Identity, Present)

"The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: Culture, Identity, Nations, Self)

"I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity."
- Brian Aldiss
(Related: Being, Identity, Writer)

"Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Life, Society, Development, Being, Identity, Man, Ocean, Self, Water)

"You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Identity, Mind)

"I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity."
- Bob Anderson
(Related: Identity, Mission, Photography, Sense)

"My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Identity, Potential, Race)

"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience."
- James Baldwin
(Related: Experience, Faces, Identity)

"A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same."
- Djuna Barnes
(Related: Idea, Identity, Man, Sense, Wrong)

"Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Americans, Identity, May)

"Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation - especially in the suburbs."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Identity, Nation, Theft)

"As part of my efforts to fight identity theft, I worked with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to strengthen consumer protection with a reasonable notification requirement."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Financial, Committee, Fight, Identity, Protection, Theft)

"That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Gender, Identity, Project)

"The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Idea, Cooperation, Identity, Problems, Surrender)

"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: English, Example, Lady, Identity, Poison)

"Globalisation, which benefits only multi-national companies and takes away all sense of local or national pride and identity, is the biggest threat facing all the member states of the EU."
- Steve Blake
(Related: Benefits, Identity, Pride, Sense, states)

"Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being."
- David Blunkett
(Related: People, Citizenship, Confidence, Identity, Sense)

"Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Idea, Fact, Identity, Shakespeare, Worth)

"Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one."
- Robert Brady
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Identity, Years)

"This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech, is nearly over."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: Identity, Mind, Speech)

"Systematically identity top designers as early as possible. The best are often not the most experienced."
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
(Related: Identity)

"So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Identity, Passion)

"The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Life, Feminism, Identity, Sense, Word)

"Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity."
- Wilfred Burchett
(Related: Identity, Right)

"Then a year would go by and I'd realize I love the acting too much and it is my identity and I don't know how to be anything but an actress. It's who and what I am, so I always come back."
- Delta Burke
(Related: Love, Acting, Identity)

"Florida is a place of unparalleled diversity of backgrounds, experiences and vision. It makes our culture unique, but it can also make it difficult to define a common identity and create a sense of community that reaches beyond our neighborhoods to all corners of our state."
- Jeb Bush
(Related: Vision, Community, Culture, Diversity, Identity, Sense, State)

"There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Gender, Identity, Results)

"When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Love, Marriage, People, Disappointment, End, Identity, Spiritual)

"Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity."
- Jennifer Capriati
(Related: Life, Confusion, Identity, Quiet, Rebellion, World)

"But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity."
- Claudia Cardinale
(Related: Work, Identity, Personality)

"From the beginning, each human embryo has its own unique genetic identity."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Beginning, Identity)

"Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity."
- Jean Charest
(Related: History, Being, Identity, Unity)

"Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Identity)

"Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage."
- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
(Related: Legal, Adoption, Country, Diversity, Identity, Italy, Protection, Uniqueness)

"Bruce Wayne is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human."
- Kevin Conroy
(Related: Time, Identity, Needs, Parents)

"I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity."
- Billy Corgan
(Related: Being, Blame, Day, Feet, Identity)

"Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Class, Country, Identity)

"Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: English, Identity, Irish, Theatre, World)

"The actor has a constant problem of personal identity."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Actor, Identity)

"Right before 'The Bourne Identity' came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year."
- Matt Damon
(Related: Identity, Right)

"When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, College, Identity, Responsibility, Years)

"I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity - sort of... I haven't graduated yet. I'm not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Day, Identity, Years)

"Too many women throw themselves into romance because they're afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won't do that."
- Julie Delpy
(Related: Women, Romance, Being, Identity, Losing)

"There's this large trend - I think the next trend in the Web, sort of Web 2.0 - which is to have users really express, offer, and market their own content, their own persona, their identity."
- John Doerr
(Related: Content, Identity)

"My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Identity, Years)

"Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: History, Christian, Being, Identity, Now, Persecution)

"I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: Day, Identity, Now, Persecution, Present)

"The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Mother, Father, Crisis, Film, Identity, Parents)

"We all need a firm sense of identity."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Identity, Sense)

"We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences."
- Jane Elliot
(Related: Country, Identity, Want)

"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication."
- Ralph Ellison
(Related: Communication, Identity, Importance, Sense, Writer, Writing)

"I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody."
- Chris Evert
(Related: People, Identity, Tennis)

"Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity."
- Tina Fey
(Related: People, Identity, Trying)

"You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living."
- Fernando Flores
(Related: Future, Identity, Living, Present, Risk)

"I think we carry around the idea of being a Kid in the Hall as part of our identity. It's a big part of how we see ourselves now."
- Dave Foley
(Related: Idea, Being, Identity, Now)

"There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Love, Identity, Paradox)

"In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it."
- Robert Fripp
(Related: Quality, Identity, Individuality, Name, Present)

"Consular cards are easily obtained with no proof of true identity and are easily forged."
- Elton Gallegly
(Related: Cards, Identity, Proof)

"To be able to always have a super sense of who I was and my own real identity and be petty and seem informed and always thinking in thoughts would be great."
- Jeff Goldblum
(Related: Thoughts, Identity, Sense, Thinking)

"A people must have dignity and identity."
- Andrew Goodman
(Related: People, Dignity, Identity)

"Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Alienation, Country, Expression, Identity, Respect)

"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose."
- Richard Grant
(Related: Purpose, Identity, Value)

"It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation."
- Alex Grey
(Related: Being, Consciousness, Identity, Now, Play, Prayer)

"Mr. Speaker, Americans want, need, and rightfully expect Congress to protect them from the prying eyes of identity thieves and give them back control of their Social Security numbers and personal health information."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Health, Control, Americans, Congress, Eyes, Identity, Information, Numbers, Security, Want)

"I think the Lower East Side inspires me. That whole neighborhood, a lot of the people that I worked with, seeing what we've gone through in life, being given an opportunity to understand who I am; my identity, my culture, and my roots."
- Luis Guzman
(Related: Life, People, Opportunity, Being, Culture, Identity)

"My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Imagination, Identity)

"I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Being, Fiction, Identity, Now)

"Remote villages and communities have lost their identity, and their peace and charm have been sacrificed to that worst of abominations, the automobile."
- James Norman Hall
(Related: Peace, Charm, Identity)

"I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style."
- Owen Hart
(Related: Identity, Style)

"Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals."
- Harry Hay
(Related: Politics, Giving, Identity, Support)

"As problems like identity theft become more prevalent, now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously - and this information is of the utmost importance."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Health, Financial, Americans, Identity, Importance, Information, Now, Problems, Theft)

"High bankruptcy rates, increased credit card debt, and identity theft make it imperative that all of us take an active role in providing financial and economic education during all stages of one's life."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Education, Life, Financial, Credit, Debt, Identity, Theft)

"An un-named song is like an un-named child, it has no identity."
- Robyn Hitchcock
(Related: Identity, Song)

"No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women."
- bell hooks
(Related: Women, People, America, Existence, Focus, Identity)

"My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman."
- Lena Horne
(Related: Identity, Now, Woman)

"I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it."
- Alan Hovhaness
(Related: Beginning, Culture, Emotions, Identity)

"One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity."
- Charles Brenton Huggins
(Related: Nature, Blind, Identity, Justice, Wooing)

"MSNBC got some very good people. They've got a good-looking set. All They're first-class. Somewhere along the way, they kind of lost their identity as a news channel, and they started doing a lot of other sort of magazine-type programming."
- Brit Hume
(Related: People, First, Identity, News, Programming)

"Therefore they should come to the table and reach an agreement that would protect their identity."
- John Hume
(Related: Agreement, Identity)

"There were two mentalities, and both mentalities had to change. There was what I called the Afrikaner mind set of the Unionist politicians, which was holding all power in their own hands, and discriminating, and their objective was to protect their identity."
- John Hume
(Related: Power, Change, Identity, Mind, Politicians)

"The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Truth, America, American, Identity, Nation, Worth)

"We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Time, American, Revolution, Identity)

"Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Identity, Nothing, Past)

"It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification."
- Roman Jakobson
(Related: Identity, Solution, Variety)

"I don't have the identity of any of them. I only had the nicks that they used on Internet Relay Chat."
- Jon Johansen
(Related: Identity, Internet)

"It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity."
- Alex Kapranos
(Related: Identity, Want)

"I love acting but I don't like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are preceving you."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Love, People, Acting, Identity, Interest, Internet, Press)

"When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British."
- Michael King
(Related: Home, People, Being, Grandparents, Identity, Sense)

"The possibility of saying anything about a thing rests on the assumption that it preserves its identity, or continues to be the same thing in the respect described, that it will behave in future situations as it has in past."
- Frank Knight
(Related: Possibility, Future, Identity, Past, Respect, Saying, Will)

"As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work, I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that... That may be the hardest thing for a writer, at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Time, Work, Identity, May, Writer)

"On another level, I want to mention that I have a strong Jewish identity and - over the years - have been involved in several Jewish projects, such as the establishment of a strong program of Judaic Studies at the University of California in San Diego."
- Walter Kohn
(Related: Identity, Projects, University, Want, Years)

"We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Beauty, Quality, Truth, Cities, Identity, Living, Want)

"First of all, what happens is, when you're good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Time, People, First, Identity)

"I knew an actor's career goes up and down and back up again. Your standing in this business can't be your whole identity; otherwise, you're doomed."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Business, Actor, Career, Identity)

"The reactions haven't differed; the concerns have been different. When I read for a predominantly Indian audience, there are more questions that are based on issues of identity and representation."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Identity, Questions)

"When you are in a band for a number of years you loose your identity in a way. You become a part of that band and then all of a sudden you are not part of that band. You are still the band without the other two members."
- Greg Lake
(Related: Identity, Years)

"Social Security Number Cards by themselves were never intended to be personal identity documents because they cannot confirm that a person presenting a card is actually the person whose name appears on the card."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Cards, Identity, Name, Security)

"Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Cards, Crime, Fraud, Tax, Identity, Theft)

"We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: Identity, Past, Sense)

"I think everybody faces challenges in their lives. I've definitely been through it - not to the extreme that Astrid did. I try to keep some kind of identity and strength."
- Alison Lohman
(Related: Strength, Extreme, Faces, Identity)

"I don't need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me."
- Jay London
(Related: Identity, Theft, Worry)

"I grew up with art from the innocent age of ten - with art, but with no sense of identity."
- John Lone
(Related: Age, Art, Identity, Sense)

"I'm right at a time when I'm strongly finding my identity inside of my work."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Time, Work, Identity, Right)

"Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Europe, France, Identity, Mind, Now)

"Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity."
- Rollo May
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Life, Goal, Being, Dignity, Emotion, Identity, Joy, Worth)

"Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a "work" of man."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Work, Identity, Labor, Man)

"Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock."
- Page McConnell
(Related: Inspiration, Identity, Limits, Worry)

"Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity."
- John McGahern
(Related: English, Identity, Ireland, Irish, Language, Rain, Speech, Will)

"The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity."
- George McGovern
(Related: Identity)

"Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Canada, Country, Identity, World)

"A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another's face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Community, Identity, Luxury, Security, Sense, Support)

"I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility."
- Kate Millett
(Related: Identity, Responsibility, Word)

"The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Defeat, Identity, Loss, Nation)

"Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Civilization, Identity)

"The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities): the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive, with its identity."
- Nicholas Mosley
(Related: Identity, Living, Opposites)

"If we don't act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Act, Identity, Now, Privacy, Theft, Victims)

"Your life will be a blessed and balanced experience if you first honor your identity and priority."
- Russell M. Nelson
(Related: Experience, Life, First, Honor, Identity, Will)

"With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity - and never a clique."
- Kenneth Noland
(Related: Artists, First, Identity)

"You manifest based on who you are already - so you must own the identity of the dream in order to manifest it."
- Joy Page
(Related: Dream, Identity, Order)

"Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Mother, Identity, Man)

"My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I'm social, frankly."
- Liz Phair
(Related: People, Identity, Production, Style)

"Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Identity, Personality)

"When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death."
- Dennis Quaid
(Related: Death, Identity)

"When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn't interested any longer. That's very astonishing."
- Raymond Queneau
(Related: Identity, Singing)

"Gang violence in America is not a sudden problem. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Life, America, Chaos, Identity, Violence, Years)

"I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene."
- Marc Ribot
(Related: Music, Time, Germany, Identity, Musicians, Years)

"The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Character, Identity)

"Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Disorder, Identity)

"I used to sit near Marilyn Monroe in the Actor's Studio. She'd get dressed up because that was her identity. Sad. Those cameras wouldn't leave her alone. She didn't know where to hide."
- Doris Roberts
(Related: Actor, Identity)

"The thing about acting is you don't want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It's a pleasure to go and exchange your identity."
- Gena Rowlands
(Related: Acting, Identity, Pleasure, Want)

"2010 is not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats. 2010 is not just a choice between liberals and conservatives. 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation."
- Marco Rubio
(Related: Choice, Democrats, Identity, Liberals, Nation, Republicans)

"Human identity is the most fragile thing that we have, and it's often only found in moments of truth."
- Alan Rudolph
(Related: Truth, Identity, Moments)

"Society historically has a difficult time with the concept of something new and foreign that shakes up our comfortable views, especially if it involves the very volatile question of sexual identity."
- Mercedes Ruehl
(Related: Society, Time, Identity, Question)

"After that I couldn't show my face outside. I lost my identity and balance. I was still living with my parents, and they were my only friends. For so many people, this thing with the nurse was confirmation that I must be mad or mentally ill."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: People, Balance, Friends, Identity, Living, Parents)

"Each and every Notary Public plays a crucial role in combating identity theft. They serve as our front line of defense and the public is safer because of the job they do."
- Ken Salazar
(Related: Defense, Identity, Job, Public, Theft)

"I come from a country and also a continent whose identity is in the making. We're a very young culture, and I think that things are not yet crystallised."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Country, Culture, Identity)

"The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes."
- Sallust
(Related: Friendship, Identity)

"I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents - but first you have to know them."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Father, Daughter, First, Identity, Parents)

"For the duration of its collective life, or the time during which its identity may be assumed, each class resembles a hotel or an omnibus, always full, but always of different people."
- Joseph A. Schumpeter
(Related: Time, Life, People, Class, Identity, May)

"From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own."
- Carl Schurz
(Related: Equality, Rights, Identity)

"It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Country, Identity, Ocean, World)

"As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I've been traveling."
- Michelle Shocked
(Related: Life, Army, Identity, Traveling)

"Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals."
- Abdolkarim Soroush
(Related: Truth, Islam, Identity, Intellectuals, Religious)

"As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being."
- Abdolkarim Soroush
(Related: Awareness, Being, Consciousness, Identity, Result)

"If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms."
- Abdolkarim Soroush
(Related: People, Expression, Identity, Want, Will)

"Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others."
- David Soul
(Related: Home, Possibility, Identity, Open)

"No one has their own identity like the Ronettes did back in the day."
- Ronnie Spector
(Related: Day, Identity)

"To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Identity, Sense)

"A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost."
- Lucy Stone
(Related: Wife, Husband, Identity, Name)

"When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer, the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner, and the man has died long before."
- Peter Straub
(Related: Identity, Information, Man)

"But the building's identity resided in the ornament."
- Louis Sullivan
(Related: Building, Identity)

"When you're in a band that's so big when you're young, you kind of lose your identity a little bit. You just become part of the band. I just needed to get away from it."
- Roger Andrew Taylor
(Related: Identity)

"I feel when somebody has been playing cricket for a long time, he creates a separate identity for himself."
- Sachin Tendulkar
(Related: Time, Cricket, Identity)

"It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S. national sovereignty."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Identity, Sense)

"Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied."
- Boris Trajkovski
(Related: Trust, Values, Community, Confidence, Identity, Principles, Will)

"Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people to understand that true happiness is found by locating their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Happiness, Life, People, Identity, Mankind, Posterity)

"We have fallen in love with the body. That's that thing that looks back at us from the mirror. That's the repository of that lovely identity that you keep chasing all your life."
- George Wald
(Related: Life, Love, Body, Identity)

"We don't need a nation that has national identity cards."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Cards, Identity, Nation)

"You talked about national identity cards and the terrorism bill. We have made a government that has grown used to viewing us as subjects, has grown used to seeing its role as commanding us."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Government, Cards, Identity, Terrorism)

"It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one's own identity."
- Beatrice Webb
(Related: Identity)

"What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Power, Purpose, Advice, Identity, Poor, Scientists, Sense)

"As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together."
- Edmund White
(Related: Identity)

"Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Leadership, Successful, Cause, First, Identity)

"Most urgently, women's identity must be premised upon our "beauty" so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air."
- Naomi Wolf
(Related: Women, Approval, Identity, Self, Will)

"We must see what in the Israeli identity - in the Israeli - we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory."
- A. B. Yehoshua
(Related: People, Identity)

"The question of boundaries is a major question of the Jewish people because the Jews are the great experts of crossing boundaries. They have a sense of identity inside themselves that doesn't permit them to cross boundaries with other people."
- A. B. Yehoshua
(Related: People, Experts, Identity, Question, Sense)