“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
The authentic self is soul made visible. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach Do not carry the burden of the past; do not live in the future. The only important thing is that one lives in the present authentically and fully. Whatever your current life is, be the most you can be by living in the moment. ~ Chan Chih Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity,what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most authentic and individual about you. ~ Eileen M. Clegg Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good. ~ Alan Cohen A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity….one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting. ~ e.e. cummings We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity. ~ Barbara de Angelis I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream. ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer What if the question is not why I am so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am? ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer Authentic empowerment is the knowing that you are on purpose, doing God’s work, peacefully and harmoniously. ~ Wayne Dyer Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel. ~ Melissa Etheridge Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of someone else. ~ Judy Garland When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. ~ Charles Evans Hughes Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it. ~ William James Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. ~ Janis Joplin The most common form of despair is not being who you are… ~ Søren Kierkegaard Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got. ~ Steven Pressfield The ultimate goal of being ourselves in an authentic way is actually about loving ourselves in a generous way. ~ Mike Robbins Being in your element is not only about aptitude, it's about passion: it is about loving what you do…tapping into your natural energy and your most authentic self. ~ Sir Ken Robinson Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. ~ Gabrielle Roth When we are enthusiastic we are intoxicated with passion rooted in our true selves and it flows into all we do. ~ Linda Saccoccio The closer you come to your core, the greater is your joy. ~ Torkom Saraydarin We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing. ~ Charles Schaefer Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy – that he live in accordance with his own nature. ~ Seneca This above all; to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. ~ William Shakespeare The significant business of your life is alive and well, awaiting discovery, within your very own soul. You and I were born to come into ourselves as complete and distinctive persons. Accepting this, we build a valuable life. ~ Marsha Sinetar We are constantly invited to be who we are. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.
~ Oprah Winfrey
We need to find the courage to say no to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
~ Barbara De Angelis
That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
~ Meredith Monk
I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.
~ Charles R. Swindoll
Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity.
~ Marianne Williamson
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
~ Carl Jung
Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.
~ Deepak Chopra
To find yourself, think for yourself.
When you awaken to what I call the Authentic Self, which is the spiritual or evolutionary impulse, what begins to emerge is the dawning recognition of the fact that each one of us, at our highest level, is that Authentic Self, which is actually the same energy and intelligence that originally inspired the entire creative process. You begin to intuit and feel directly connected to the very impulse that initiated the whole event fourteen billion years ago and is driving it right now.
~ Andrew Cohen
Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
~ Mother Teresa
Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.
~ Jim Jarmusch
The visionary is the one who brings his or her voice into the world and who refuses to edit, rehearse, perform, or hide. It is the visionary who knows that the power of creativity is aligned with authenticity.
~ Angeles Arrien
Authenticity means to be the author of your own life.
~ Tom Shadyac
If we want authenticity we have to initiate it.
~ Travis Rice
Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.
~ John C. Maxwell
Authentic brands don't emerge from marketing cubicles or advertising agencies. They emanate from everything the company does...
~ Howard Schultz
No one loves authenticity like a graphic designer. And no one is quite as good at simulating it.
~ Michael Bierut
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is "AUTHENTICITY".
~ Charlie Chaplin
When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
~ Anais Nin
My fear now is of cliche, of complacency, of not being able to feel authenticity in myself and those around me.
~ John Hawkes
I'm tired of watching attractive people trying to be ugly, struggling for authenticity. Why not be yourself?
~ Bradford Cox
When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity.
~ Martin Seligman
Ya know it's funny, what's happening to us. Our lives have become digital. Our friends, now virtual. And, anything you could ever wanna know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through second hand information isn't enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it. We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It's this self-discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.
~ Travis Rice
Don't let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel.
~ Melissa Etheridge
Authenticity is about where it comes from; validity is about whether it works.
~ John Michael Greer
Authenticity is essential to the soul!
~ Brian Houston
Authenticity is really important, and sometimes thats really hard to get.
~ Tom Freston
I always thought signing was an artist's honour and guarantee of authenticity.
~ Robert Genn
The movement toward gratitude, authenticity, and union is the natural and organic inner work of the second half of our lives.
~ Richard Rohr
Take your Inner Being everywhere you go. If you take your Inner Being to the party, it's going to be a good party! If you take your Inner Being, the food that you eat will be received perfectly by the cells of your body. Every word that comes out of your mouth will be beneficial to everyone who hears them with their ears - or with their vibration. Don't go anywhere without your Inner Being. That's what "Allowing" is. Always having your Inner Being present. And then, anything else that happens is always orchestrated perfectly by Law of Attraction.
~ Esther Hicks
On the flip side, I've also had to struggle with saying "yes." Before I did this research and before I had my own breakdown and spiritual awakening around this work, my motto was, "Don't do anything that you're already not great at doing." Which I think is the way the majority of adults in our culture live. Authenticity is also about the courage and the vulnerability to say, "Yeah, I'll try it. I feel pretty uncomfortable and I feel a little vulnerable, but I'll try it!"
~ Brené Brown
Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make your life consistent with the quality of your spirit? Then start by proclaiming, "This is what I am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I'm going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!
~ Tony Robbins
Stop trying to figure out what is 'best' for you (how you can win the most, lose the least, get what you want) and start going with what feels like Who You Are.
~ Neale Donald Walsch
The universe will pay you to be yourself and do what you really love.
~ Shakti Gawain
In my utter impotence to test the authenticity of the report of my senses, to know whether the impressions they make on me correspond with outlying objects, what difference does it make, whether Orion is up there in heaven, or some god paints the image in the firmament of the soul?
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes a lot of courage to be the same person on the outside that you are on the inside.
~ Barbara De Angelis
One of the strongest signs of being in the zone is a sense of freedom and of authenticity. When we are doing something that we love and are naturally good at, we are much more likely to feel centered in our true sense of self - to be who we feel we truly are. When we are in our Element, we feel we are doing what we are meant to be doing and being who we're meant to be.
~ Ken Robinson
Be yourself. Authenticity trumps cool every time.
~ Craig Groeschel
Choice. It's the word that allows yes and the word that makes no possible. It's the word that puts the free in freedom and takes obligation out of the mix. It's the word upon which adventure, exhilaration, and authenticity depend. It's the word that the cocoon whispers to the caterpillar.
~ Tom Robbins
The importance of the development of the emotional body is hardly recognized today. We are pretty much left to our own devices to come to full adulthood, whether man or woman. Our elders may have become so denatured themselves from a lack of such nurturance that there is no longer a collective knowledge of how to guide the awakening emotional vitality and authenticity of our young people, our children. Mindfulness may contribute to a reawakening of this ancient wisdom in ourselves and in others.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
So I think the Guru can be a delusion. But everything can be deluding. The thing central about the Guru in the West is that he represents an alien principle of the spirit, namely, that you don't follow your own path; you follow a given path. And that's totaly contrary to the Western Spirit! Our spirituality is of the individual quest, individual realization- authenticity in your life out of your own center. So you must take the message of the East, assimilate it to your own dimension and to your own thrust of life, and not get pulled off track.
~ Joseph Campbell
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