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The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.

Author: Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

Profession: Hungarian Born British Writer

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.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

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.

Author: Lewis H. Lapham (1935)

Profession: American Essayist, Editor

Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.

Author: Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104)

Profession: Latin poet and epigrammatist

In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

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.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

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.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

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

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

My mother said to me, ''If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.'' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. --Pablo Picasso 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.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.

Author: Japanese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Japanese Origin

Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

No one can transcend their own individuality.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed.

Author: Peter Seller

Profession: British Actor