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Abraham Lincoln :
I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.
[Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Thomas J. Pickett, Apr. 16, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 377, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).]
John Donne :
But I do nothing upon myself, and yet am mine own executioner.
[John Donne (c. 1572-1631), British divine, metaphysical poet. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John Hayward (1929). Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, meditation 12 (1624).]
William Shakespeare :
I have much ado to know myself.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 1, l. 7. He cannot understand why he is melancholy.]
Annie Dillard :
The creeks ... are an active mystery, fresh every minute. Theirs is the mystery of continuous creation and all that providence implies: the uncertainty of vision, the horror of the fixed, the dissolution of the present, the intricacy of beauty, the pressure of fecundity, the elusiveness of the free, and the flawed nature of perfection. The mountains ... are a passive mystery, the oldest of all. Theirs is the one simple mystery of creation from nothing, of matter itself, anything at all, the given. Mountains are giant, restful, absorbent. You can heave your spirit into a mountain and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back as some creeks will. The creeks are the world with all its stimulus and beauty; I live there. But the mountains are home.
[Annie Dillard (b. 1945), U.S. essayist and autobiographer. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, ch. 1 (1974).]
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William Shakespeare :
If I can cross him any way, I bless myself every way.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 67-8. Referring to Claudio, whom he hates; "cross" means thwart, punning also on making the sign of the cross, so leading into "bless."]
Henry David Thoreau :
I am not afraid of praise, for I have practiced it on myself.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, March 13, 1856, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 277, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
William Shakespeare :
Urge me no more, I shall forget myself.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 35. To Brutus; "urge" means provoke.]
Charles Baudelaire :
What a mysterious faculty is that queen of the faculties!
[Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. The Salon of 1859, III. The Queen of the Faculties (1859). On imagination.]
Oscar Wilde :
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).]
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Gerard Manley Hopkins :
When I compare myself, my being-myself, with anything else whatever, all things alike, all in the same degree, rebuff me with blank unlikeness.
[Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Comments on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).]
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