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Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

The real meditation is... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voilà une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilà une chose!

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

I is another.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French poet and adventurer.

I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

Man may be defined as the animal that can say ''I,'' that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.