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In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew. (Theodor W. Adorno)

I got tired of playing other people's songs. (Gregg Allman)

We need to go inward instead of outward, and learn to trust our own inner guide, preserving our identity and finding the answers from within. (Jane Fulton Alt)

Absolute individualism is an absurdity. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

How do you put your distinctive stamp on your paintings? One way is to limit your equipment – brushes and number of colors. (Anonymous)

Through the history of art we can see through the emotional life, and sometimes the financial security of some of the artists, some transformation. And I really believe that it's generally about the same kind of transformation and the same kind of reaction. We are a little bit less individual than we would like to believe or guess we are. (Arman)

Like a snowflake we are the beauty of one. (Kathleen Arnason)

If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature. (Bruce Barton)

To disagree with a work of art would be to disagree with yourself, as art is only as strong, opinionated, or thought-provoking as the facilities the viewer brings to the table. (Henry Bateman)

The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny the existence of each other. (Ingmar Bergman)

One bit in or out of focus makes the difference between our bodies being ourselves and our being part of a group. I want to melt the idea of specificity and blend individuality into the crowd. (Ross Bleckner)

Your aesthetic may not match your artistic voice. (John W. Bond)

There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice. (Po Bronson)

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

What is right for one soul may not be right for another. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others. (Eileen Caddy)

-Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking...
In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who's comfortable 'putting himself out there.' (Susan Cain)

Pictures are exciting when they say something in a new manner, not for the sake of being different, but because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. (Harry Callahan)

The diseased pride [of artistic individualists] was not even conscious of a public interest, and would have found all political terms utterly tasteless and insignificant. It was no longer a question of one man one vote, but of one man one universe. (G. K. Chesterton)

I go to make art as who I am as a person. The fact that I am a woman comes into play maybe in the kinds of things I'm interested in or in the way I structure a canvas. (Judy Chicago)

DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music. (Richard Dawkins)

The root of the word and the concept of 'individual' is 'undivided within.' (Carol Fournier Dicks)

So long as people expect paintings to be simply coloured photographs they get no individuality and, in the case of portraits, no characterisation. (William Dobell)

The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves. (Marcel Duchamp)

Creative people exhibit a continuous discontent with uniformity. (Glenn van Ekeren)

No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individualism of his rowing. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

In the art game we do our own cooking. (Sara Genn)

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist. (J. Paul Getty)

Deal with yourself as a individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way. (Nikki Giovanni)

Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Only he can be an artist who has a religion all his own - an original way of viewing infinity. (Vincent van Gogh)

Include me out. (Samuel Goldwyn)

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. (Martha Graham)

I want to be different. Just like all the other different people I want to be like. I want to be just like all the different people and assert my individuality along with others who are different like me. (John S. Hall)

The power of the individual is as powerful as the universe is infinite. (Tom Hanks)

The rare individual who has learned to govern himself is too fed up with the labor of it to want to govern anybody else. (Henry S. Haskins)

I'm coming 'round to the view that there's only a personal view of the world. (David Hockney)

You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity. (Eric Hoffer)

No one else but you can make your marks. Listen to your bones. Speak with your spirit. Edit with your head. Live with your heart. (Susan Holland)

It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making. (William James)

The older I get, the more individuality I find in animals and the less I find in humans. (Chuck Jones)

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Individuality is very important for a full human life... (Dalai Lama)

Individual needs lead to individual decisions. The purist often fails to see the needs of the real world. (Jerry Lucey)

Don't compare. You paint differently because you are different. (Frank Lynn)

We decide what we want to pursue, there is no right or wrong, we formulate our own paths. (Arthur Maderson)

To some extent we draw who we are. Our whole personality is involved in the making of analytic and aesthetic decisions, and our personal preferences form the basis for work that should always be an expression of our individuality. (Mick Maslen)

I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality within a total knowledge of tradition. (Henri Matisse)

I'm the pink sheep in the family. (Alexander McQueen)

What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called. (John Stuart Mill)

The great creative individual... is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be. (John Stuart Mill)

Each man has his own way of being himself and of saying it so ultimately that he can't be denied. (Henry Miller)

In art the search for a content which is collectively understandable is false; the content will always be individual. (Piet Mondrian)

I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It's really tragic. (Marilyn Monroe)

The individual increasingly comes to know who he is through the stand he takes when he expresses his ideas, values, beliefs, and convictions, and through the declaration and ownership of his feelings. (Clark Moustakas)

The brush stroke is like a piece of the painter's handwriting. (Charles Movalli)

Every atom in creation may be said to be acquainted with and married to every other, but with universal union there is a division sufficient in degree for the purposes of the most intense individuality. (John Muir)

I'm my own writer. My material means I'm entirely separate. (V. S. Naipaul)

Individuals, creating personal and independent statements, follow a course they alone map. (Richard (Dick) Nelson)

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. (Barnett Newman)

The wonderful thing about looking at the real world is that it is never the same for each individual. (Graham Nickson)

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)

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality... and it has helped me to say what I want to say... in paint. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Unless you drop your personality you will not be able to find your individuality. Individuality is given by existence; personality is imposed by the society. (Osho)

You will have to find your own particularities - otherwise you will lose your individuality. (Egbert Oudendag)

The more you paint, the better your paintings will be, and the better your paintings become, the more you will want to paint, and the more you paint, the sooner your individuality will emerge in your paintings. (Hilary Page)

Psychological type has built a private world around itself, an intimate universe that has no need for external validation... For those within its charmed circle, type provides an unwavering self-conception, a foundation for relating to others, a plan for success, and an excuse for failure. (Annie Murphy Paul)

When you come right down to it, all you have is yourself. Yourself is a sun with a thousand rays in your belly. The rest is nothing. (Pablo Picasso)

-b.1917 d.2004...
I am not a follower of Monet. I am not an admirer or follower of De Kooning. I am not an action painter. I am not an abstract expressionist. I am not younger or older. I will not take my hat off to any other artist living or dead in all the world. I know this. (Milton Resnick)

I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody's husband. (Frida Kahlo Rivera)

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

We artists are individuals. It takes the qualities of strength, vision and tenacity to walk this path. It also requires compassion and gentleness rather than an arrogant ego. (Linda Saccoccio)

The freedom to be an individual is the essence of America. (Marilyn vos Savant)

We live in a context, but we're also individuals. We need to explore both. (Nitin Sawhney)

Only an individual can imagine, invent, or create. The whole audience of art is an audience of individuals. (Ben Shahn)

True individuality is the repose arising from the relation of a self to all it has to do with. Bad individuality has in it a separation between outward action and a flat repose inwardly. (Eli Siegel)

The anarchist painter is not the one who will create anarchist pictures, but the one who will fight with all his individuality against official conventions. (Paul Signac)

This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. (John Steinbeck)

We differ from one another in our individual gifts which, however, belong to our inner nature. (Rudolf Steiner)

So many men, so many opinions; every one his own way. (Publius Terentius Afer, Terence)

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else? (James Thurber)

The higher self is found in the cultivation of the individual. (Robert R. Toth)

I clearly benefit from just about all artwork that I examine... but there is a place where only my opinion, my work and my concepts are permitted and it is a place where all other input is of dubious benefit. (Sandy Triolo)

It were not best that we should all think alike, it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. (Mark Twain)

We are enriched by our reciprocate differences. (Paul Valery)

What am I doing? Nothing. I am letting life rain upon me. (Rahel Varnhagen)

People have individuality but no unchanging essence. (Petra Voegtle)

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. (Voltaire)

I do not belong to any school, I simply want to do something that is personal to my self. (Edouard Vuillard)

Flirt with possible failure or the disappointment of others for the chance to enjoy a success that is entirely your own. (Eric Wiegardt)

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. (Oscar Wilde)

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. (Oscar Wilde)

Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there's not going to be anything to apologize about. (Tom Wolfe)

People have one thing in common: they are all different. (Robert Zend)


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