Homage to eccentricity & every oddball

On days when you feel down and lonely because you made choices where others made none, let these quotes by people who felt just like you at some point recharge you. You are …’ an electric eel set in a pond of catfish.’ [#40]. All quotes are to be found in Goodreads.

1.  “People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.” – Goethe

2.”Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” — Malcolm Forbes Jr.

3.“Perhaps you have always known everything important but will need a lifetime to discover what you know.” – Dean Koontz

4.“We hold each other hostage to our eccentricities.” I smiled again, an unseen smile. “We’re made for each other.” Dean Koontz

5.“Eccentricity is the universal trait of humanity.” -Dean Koontz

6.The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even -if you will – eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with.” – Joseph Brodsky

7.”To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

8.”Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain

9.”I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” — Rita Mae Brown

10.”The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

11.”I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” — Charlotte Brontë

12.”Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

13.”I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” — Bruce Lee

14.”Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” — Doris Lessing

15.”My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. “Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?” they asked me the other day.

I told them this story: In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.” — Tom Waits

16.”I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” — Johnny Depp

17.What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” — Confucius

18.”If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” — Benjamin Franklin

19.”Let others determine your worth and you’re already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves.” — Peter V. Brett

20.”I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!” — Oscar Wilde

21.”The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

22.”The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” — Albert Einstein

23.”The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” — Albert Einstein

24.”Do not fear the thorns in your path,for they draw only corrupt blood.” – Khalil Gibran

25.”Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.” — E.E. Cummings

26.”When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” — Lao Tzu

27.”Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.” — C.G. Jung

28.”I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.” — Edgar Allan Poe

29.”May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

30.”And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrassed, perhaps also protesting. But don’t give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers–perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

31.”Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.” — William Shakespeare

32.”Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

33.”The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” — C.G. Jung

34.”But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.” — Albert Camus

35.”Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.” — Edith Sitwell

36.”They cannot scare me with their empty spaces

Between stars—on stars where no human race is.

I have it in me so much nearer home

To scare myself with my own desert places.” — Robert Frost

37.”There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” — C.G. Jung

38.”I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” — Johnny Depp

39.”There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.” — C. JoyBell C.

40.”I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.” – Edith Sitwell

41.”Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” — Albert Camus

42.”The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”  – Albert Camus

43.”Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth”  – Albert Camus

44.”People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”  – Albert Camus

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