Self determination Quotes


You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.


I
care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.

If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.

I'd rather die my way than live yours.

I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Character    Empowerment    Flaws    Freedom    Gender    Ideal woman    Identity    Image    Independence    Integrity    Love    Men    Realism    Romance    Self awareness    Self determination    Women

I'm single because I was born that way.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

Orlando

Virginia Woolf

Orlando

Don't you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are.

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

You cannot change what you are, only what you do.

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are.

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.

My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their
fascinating
graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.

Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.

Affection    Duty    Feelings    Integrity    Joy    Love    Marriage    Matrimony    Romance    Self determination

I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others ... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
(Journal entry, 14 October 1922)

There is no ideal world for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, and it's up to you how you respond to it.

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!

[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.

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