Top 1129 Identity Quotes of 2020

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“The question of boundaries is a major question of the Jewish people because the Jews are the great experts of crossing boundaries. They have a sense of identity inside themselves that doesn’t permit them to cross boundaries with other people.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“We must see what in the Israeli identity – in the Israeli – we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“At the heart of anti-Semitism lies Moses. He made a catastrophic error, a terrible mistake, and all anti-Semitism for two thousand years stems from his misjudgement. Moses said we Jews could remain a people without having a land. He said we don’t need territory to hold onto our Jewish identity. This was a disaster.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“The malady of the Jews is that they don’t see territory as part of their identity.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can’t keep your mind off.”

― A. R. Ammons

“I think it’s important to keep your own identity when you’ve got a baby.”

― Abbey Clancy

“Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“Every actor has his own identity. I don’t aspire to be Bond. My quest is to do something new, something different.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“I was a 19 year old kid; I was 170 lbs soaking wet. I didn’t have an identity. I didn’t have a look. I didn’t have the proper gear. I was just a young guy trying to be a wrestler. So, to be honest, WWE didn’t even give me a second look.”

― Adam Cole

“Carving out an identity for yourself is important so I’m trying to do that as well.”

― Adam Lambert

“A secure pluralistic society requires communities that are educated and confident both in the identity and depth of their own traditions and in those of their neighbours.”

― Aga Khan IV

“For me, I never ever felt the ownership or any identity with any community of disabilities. I didn’t grow up being told that I was a disabled child.”

― Aimee Mullins

“Scammers and spammers use spoofing to disguise their identity, to trick consumers into answering unwanted calls, and to hide from authorities.”

― Ajit Pai

“In a time where the world is becoming personalized, when the mobile phone, the burger, everything has its own personal identity, how should we perceive ourselves and how should we perceive others?”

― Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

“I think all writers are armchair psychologists to some degree or another, and I think a character’s sexuality is fascinating. It’s a great way to really get at the root of their identity, because it’s such a personal thing.”

― Alan Ball

“There can be no self without other, no identity of group A without a group B.”

― Alan Dundes

“My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.”

― Alan Dundes

“It is important to recognize that folklore is not simply a way of obtaining available date about identity for social scientists; it is actually one of the principal means by which an individual and a group discovers or establishes his or its identity.”

― Alan Dundes

“I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn’t know anything about it.”

― Alan Hovhaness

“Human identity is the most fragile thing that we have, and it’s often only found in moments of truth.”

― Alan Rudolph

“It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

― Alex Grey

“It doesn’t matter how adventurous you want to be, you’ve still got to contain your identity.”

― Alex Kapranos

“CNN’s problem goes to its very core and to the identity it’s sought ever since the rise of Fox News, on its right: CNN is the channel for people who don’t want to watch the other channels! That’s a stupid strategy.”

― Alex Pareene

“’I Am Number Four’ is a great story about a guy who’s trying to find his destiny and figure out who he is and his identity.”

― Alex Pettyfer

“I didn’t go into journalism thinking it would solidify my identity. I did it because I needed to make a living, and I was proficient in writing. But in becoming a journalist, I learned about other people who felt like they were on the edges of American mainstream life.”

― Alex Tizon

“As a young writer, I questioned the idea that I had to write fiction in a world where I could write my own ethnicity only and nothing else. ‘Fach’ to me was a little like that. As a biracial person, that’s an inherently unstable identity.”

― Alexander Chee

“It’s not just that I’m a woman of color running for office. It’s the way that I ran. It’s the way that my identity formed my methods.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“If you’re differently-abled, if you’re a person of color, if you express your identity in a way that’s different from the norm, for whatever reason, there’s an implicit bias where people, frankly, sometimes take you less seriously.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“I’m discovering, and I think other mums are discovering too, that when you become a mum, you don’t have to change into this frumpy, wholesome role model who is perfect and loses all of your identity. You can still have the same personality you’ve always had.”

― Ali Wong

“You want a child who never makes you anything but proud? Please. Don’t bother taking on parenthood if you can’t handle the fact that sometimes your child’s identity won’t be what you would have chosen. And if you want to prevent a child from ever suffering? Well, then don’t have a child. No one is born into the world never to suffer.”

― Alice Dreger

“I don’t have the panic I used to have, meeting people who are androgynous, but when you meet someone whose identity is unclear, that throws your own identity into flux because the way we treat each other is very gendered.”

― Alice Dreger

“People think that we’re engaged with identity politics. The truth is that we’re doing what the labor movement has always done – organizing people who are at the bottom.”

― Alicia Garza

“That’s all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven’t figured out yet. And that’s one of the things I’m hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project.”

― Alison Bechdel

“I think everybody faces challenges in their lives. I’ve definitely been through it – not to the extreme that Astrid did. I try to keep some kind of identity and strength.”

― Alison Lohman

“Essentially, if you are surrounded by those who ‘outrank’ you, it is likely to affect your identity in insidious ways.”

― Alissa Quart

“The body of work I create combines traditional storylines and postmodern narrative strategies to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics and conflict, as well as the push towards – and resistance against – modernization.”

― Aman Mojadidi

“I don’t want to paint rainbows: I want to make art that disturbs identity and challenges authority.”

― Aman Mojadidi

“When you’ve worked as hard as I have to form your identity, the last thing you want is to blur where you end and someone else begins.”

― Amanda de Cadenet

“Foot-binding, which started out as a fashionable impulse, became an expression of Han identity after the Mongols invaded China in 1279. The fact that it was only performed by Chinese women turned the practice into a kind of shorthand for ethnic pride.”

― Amanda Foreman

“My mother is black, from Grenada, so my blackness was always there, but It wasn’t until I started hanging with the upperclassmen black actors at my high school that I really got my roots in being a black American, which is a distinctly different identity and experience.”

― Amanda Seales

“As I started to explore my gender identity, I didn’t know how I could claim the title of ‘feminist’ without subscribing to the gender binary. I thought I had to be a proud woman to be a feminist. Then I came to the realization that I can be proud of women without necessarily identifying as one.”

― Amandla Stenberg

“Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“The fact of simultaneously being Christian and having as my mother tongue Arabic, the holy language of Islam, is one of the basic paradoxes that have shaped my identity.”

― Amin Maalouf

“Mistaken identity, of course, has been the province of much postcolonial fiction. An important feature of this writing is the manner in which misrecognition has haunted all cognition.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog.”

― Amity Gaige

“I had a 20-year career. I have two children. The advantage of writing later in my life is that I already had a whole mature realm of accomplishments and responsibilities, an identity outside of being a writer.”

― Amor Towles

“We consistently allow politicians to get away with playing identity politics rather than demanding evidence of what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it.”

― Ana Kasparian

“Nobody does more identity politics than Donald Trump.”

― Ana Navarro

“Some people have an identity. I have an alibi. I have a shadow self.”

― Andre Aciman

“All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I’m not a big fan of identity politics and sort of picking one thing and defining yourself with it.”

― Andreja Pejic

“Different identity groups hold specific levels of power over others when their battles play out in the media. To wit: Black beats white. Gay beats white. Black beats gay.”

― Andrew Breitbart

“Shakespeare’s idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.”

― Andrew Coyle Bradley

“A people must have dignity and identity.”

― Andrew Goodman

“One of the reasons I wanted to make ‘Lean on Pete’ was that it wasn’t about identity. For me, it’s about something more essential underneath: the need to have somewhere to live, to be safe, and have someone to look after you.”

― Andrew Haigh

“Being gay, you’re kind of forced to ask, I suppose, very existential questions from a very, very early age. Your identity becomes so important to you because you’re trying to understand it, and, I think, from the age of, like, 9, you’re being forced to ask questions… that other kids maybe don’t have to ask.”

― Andrew Haigh

“Forging meaning is about changing yourself. Building identity is about changing the world.”

― Andrew Solomon

“Growing up, my religious identity was primarily one of confusion. Nothing was pushed on me; nothing was overtly offered.”

― Andy Dunn

“Fighting for identity is something that is very much in my life.”

― Ang Lee

“Sharpton and Jackson are ‘race brokers.’ Their job is to define black identity and then keep blacks in line to vote to the highest Democratic bidder that serves their purposes. ‘Black enough’ is just another tool in the bamboozler’s toolbox.”

― Angela McGlowan

“I said, yet again, for Germany, Europe is not only indispensable, it is part and parcel of our identity. We’ve always said German unity, European unity and integration, that’s two parts of one and the same coin. But we want, obviously, to boost our competitiveness.”

― Angela Merkel

“I don’t know that I had context for being trans until I moved to Rochester, New York, to pursue my dream of acting, and started going to drag shows. I had never seen a transsexual before, and I didn’t yet fully understand my own identity.”

― Angelica Ross

“It was weird to be married; you kind of lose your identity. You’re suddenly somebody’s wife. And you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m half of a couple now. I’ve lost me.’”

― Angelina Jolie

“A huge part of my identity is being a woman, and that’s really important for me, and that’s a big part of my self-expression, so I think it’s really interesting sort of exploring what it means if someone doesn’t have that.”

― Angourie Rice

“Commonwealth is the only alternative for Puerto Rico. It is the only alternative that harmonizes the aspirations and goals of the modern world by protecting Puerto Rico’s identity and simultaneously guaranteeing its relationship with the United States, complete with a common market, common citizenship, common defense, and common currency.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“As others have recently suggested, the term ‘gamer’ is no longer useful as an identity because games are for everyone. These days, even my mom spends an inordinate amount of time gaming on her iPad. So I’ll take a cue from my younger self and say I don’t care about being a ‘gamer,’ but I sure do love video games.”

― Anita Sarkeesian

“Ann Demeulemeester is an adult brand now, with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me.”

― Ann Demeulemeester

“Our national identity is so interwoven with football.”

― Ann McKee

“I’m dying to fool around with the distance between Selina Kyle and Catwoman. And, you know, the whole double identity thing is endlessly fascinating. I mean, you can always find another riff for it.”

― Ann Nocenti

“To some extent, the idea that rock ‘n roll used to have this sort of free antediluvian identity, frolicking in the 1950s with Elvis or something, is totally wrong. It’s insane. Elvis’ relationship with Colonel Parker, his manager, was one of the most possibly corrupt, certainly lucrative, and intense business partnerships ever in rock n’ roll.”

― Ann Powers

“Identity is an assemblage of constellations.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

“I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one’s identity is totally different.”

― AnnaLynne McCord

“Becoming an entrepreneur was the furthest thing from my mind. I actually had an identity crisis when I realized I had become one.”

― Anne Taintor

“We have received a heritage of craftsmanship, of aesthetics, of taste, of identity. Our brands have the beauty to preserve and perpetuate it.”

― Antoine Arnault

“Some people want to define themselves, and they should, as it’s part of their identity. For me personally, I’ve never really had a label for myself.”

― Antoni Porowski

“Teaching the history of the British Empire links in with that of the world: for better and for worse, the Empire made us what we are, forming our national identity. A country that does not understand its own history is unlikely to respect that of others.”

― Antony Beevor

“I definitely don’t think of myself as someone identified by region. It’s too far-flung a region, for starters, and southern New Mexico is very isolated. I wouldn’t think of my identity as generational, either, but maybe as more stylistic, in the school of realism and domestic issues.”

― Antonya Nelson

“I have a very healthy dose of scepticism towards what identity is and what personas are, maybe because of my life journey. Identity is something so malleable.”

― Arca

“Jewishness is a very big part of my identity. I am a proud Jew, I would say, who doesn’t practice very actively.”

― Ari Aster

“Life may unfold chronologically for the body and for bureaucracies that keep track of such things as births, marriages, deaths, visas, tax returns, expulsions, and identity cards, but memory does not play this game in quite the same way, always manages to confound the desire for tidiness.”

― Ariel Dorfman

“There’s two identity markers I’m sure of, and one is, I’m Jewish. And the other is, I’m a writer. There’s just no arguing with either thing. I’m just Jewish.”

― Ariel Levy

“Every league has its own culture, its own identity, and its own type of football. It’s very physical in England, but technical skill comes to the fore in Spain, where everybody wants to play beautiful football. The standards are very high in Germany, too; the teams are physically strong, very disciplined, and very well organised.”

― Arjen Robben

“When you have your own identity as a singer, you don’t have competition.”

― Armaan Malik

“I’ve been singing since I was five. It’s my identity.”

― Art Garfunkel

“My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.”

― Arthur Ashe

“A lot of groups spend their whole cultural and aesthetic identity trying to move away from Africa, which I think is a mistake. One of the reasons I love Cuba and cultures like that is because they’re not trying to move away from their African roots, they’re trying to embrace them. That’s part of the culture.”

― Arturo O’Farrill

“I was born alone, I’m gonna die alone. I have my own identity. I’m my own person, and no two people are the same.”

― ASAP Ferg

“I was a businessman for 16 years of my life, so when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary identity separate.”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“Some people’s gender identity conforms to the sex they were assigned at birth, and some people’s identity doesn’t. That realization was certainly very freeing for me – and could be very freeing for other people.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“What I learned through my research is that the word ‘actor,’ specifically in reference to those who performed in plays, came about in the late 1500s as a non-gendered word. It applied to all people, regardless of anatomical sex or gender identity.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“One of the best side effects about working on ‘Billions’ that I did not anticipate were the number of conversations I had about gender identity with my fellow actors and also members of the crew. From the person holding the boom to the person wiring my microphone, just how many conversations I had with so many open minds and hearts.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that only gender non-conforming, non-binary, or trans people have a gender identity. But the truth is, everyone has a gender identity.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“I do say gender fluid, because I experience my gender identity as being fluid because it’s on a spectrum.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“Me feeling ambiguous about my gender identity has been a lifelong feeling, certainly.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“I spent so many years not understanding my own gender identity, not having the language to talk about it, and not feeling safe in many environments to talk about it.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“I spent so many years not understanding my own gender identity and not having the language for it, and not having those conversations, that now I’m so eager to talk about it. Then I learn more about myself and other people.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“My essential identity is that of a writer.”

― Athol Fugard

“I do not want to waste time in proving my identity to people.”

― Atishi

“If you want to participate in life, you have to deny your identity.”

― August Wilson

“I feel that its important for me to be out there and to represent the face. At the same time, for me as an individual, I think the Asian-American face can be crowded with the American identity.”

― Awkwafina

“I think rap in general allows you to be more lyrically expressive. It’s a lot easier to state your identity, as opposed to with a guitar making all these weird metaphors.”

― Awkwafina

“I consider myself to have been formed by a lot of the locutions and aesthetics and principles of the Muslim way of life, and those are an important part of my childhood and my identity.”

― Ayad Akhtar

“I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“I happen to be black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“I’m not naive. All politics is about identity, right? Neighborhood politics, cultural politics, issue politics. It’s not as though I don’t get that. It’s just – it has to be, I think, tempered in a way that is for our overall advancement and not to our detriment or obliteration. When I say ‘our,’ I don’t mean just communities of color.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“Having children does become tied to a sense of identity and our value as humans.”

― Ayobami Adebayo

“My identity started developing through the songs I was writing.”

― Banks

“I did everything in my power to give my brokers brand identity and clout in the market. I saw my job as parent to build them up and if I took care of them, then they would take care of their customer.”

― Barbara Corcoran

“I don’t trade on my sexual identity in that way for political points. I think that’s lame, and it’s not my style.”

― Bari Weiss

“It’s important to be really verbal about what you believe, to try to claim America as your own, as we’re trying to figure out the identity of this country and what we’re going to be.”

― Barrett Wilbert Weed

“’Moonlight’ isn’t an issue film. It’s not about addiction, it’s not about sexuality, it’s not about identity. It’s about all these different layers, because they are all a part of the character.”

― Barry Jenkins

“It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one’s own identity.”

― Beatrice Webb

“All over the world, young males and females, schooled in the art of patriarchal thinking, are building an identity on a foundation that sees the will to do violence as the essential way to assert being.”

― bell hooks

“I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.”

― Bella Abzug

“Identity theft is a serious crime that affects millions of Americans each year.”

― Ben Bernanke

“The American identity is mind-bogglingly various.”

― Ben Fountain

“President Obama himself has attributed the legitimacy of the Jewish State not to its historic identity as Jewish territory, but to the Holocaust.”

― Ben Shapiro

“One thing I struggled with early in my career was the delicate balance between my performance and my identity. When things on the field went well, I was cheerful and felt important. When things went poorly, my countenance and self-concept plummeted, and I was not pleasant to be around.”

― Benjamin Watson

“I would say that one of the hardest things for an athlete, and really anybody of any profession, is that we create our identity in what we do.”

― Benjamin Watson

“Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly for the Lord and not for man, because our true identity is in Him.”

― Benjamin Watson

“Make sure you know your identity is in Christ, so that when you get laid off from your job, or when you get a raise from your job, or when things don’t go right, you’re not up and down, up and down.”

― Benjamin Watson

“Italy has turned its back on its political class, and a new language of community, identity, and honesty is filling the gap.”

― Beppe Grillo

“So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn’t believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist.”

― Betty Buckley

“There are families of every kind. I think a lot of people are struggling to make sense of their identity in a very complicated world.”

― Bill de Blasio

“Most of the wrestling happens in the South, so I had to ask myself how I was going to be received as a Jewish boy named Goldberg. Then again, I have never, nor would I ever, hide my Jewish identity.”

― Bill Goldberg

“If we don’t act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft.”

― Bill Nelson

“I needed to be myself and find my own identity.”

― Bill Skarsgard

“I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.”

― Billy Corgan

“The characters that I’m typically drawn to are sensitive men who are experiencing some sense of identity crisis or growth in their life that they don’t know how to overcome.”

― Billy Crudup

“My mom would have different fragrances for different times of the year. They were a part of her identity. I don’t remember the specific ones she used, but I remember the bottles.”

― Blake Lively

“In terms of dangers, such as viruses, fraud or identity theft, I don’t think we were thinking about that at all when we got started. If we had been worried about that, the net might have been better today, but we might not have even got there.”

― Bob Kahn

“If you want to retain your identity and culture, we’re a really great mothership. If you want to sell out… there are definitely other companies to talk to.”

― Bobby Kotick

“Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied.”

― Boris Trajkovski

“I’ve struggled with an identity sometimes; I don’t know what exactly I am. I love so many types of music, and I don’t want to commit to going down one road.”

― Brandon Flowers

“I like to make things. It’s been part of my identity since I was a kid.”

― Bre Pettis

“You have a certain identity that you present to the world on Facebook, and you have a certain identity that you present with the telephone, and they are different.”

― Brian Acton

“I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.”

― Brian Aldiss

“Initially, I resisted going into acting. You want to have your own identity, and I thought about doing other things, but that didn’t last very long.”

― Brian Gleeson

“After 9/11, I knew I wanted to write about power and identity and the way Americans on all sides of the political spectrum often mythologize our leaders, which are themes that the superhero genre has always handled really well.”

― Brian K. Vaughan

“I wanted to write a story about a future where everyone has a secret identity, in part because the Internet no longer exists.”

― Brian K. Vaughan

“I felt this during the first few months of my motherhood. You lose who you are – you lose your identity – because when your baby comes, you give, give, give, and no one gives back, and you just wonder, ‘Who am I?’ ‘What am I?’ ‘How do I live life now?’ It’s all for this baby.”

― Brie Bella

“My identity was tangled up in the parts that I had played since I was a child. I would go through my closet and only see audition clothes: Brie looking older, Brie looking ’60s, Brie looking ’40s, Brie looking younger in the future.”

― Brie Larson

“MSNBC got some very good people. They’ve got a good-looking set. All They’re first-class. Somewhere along the way, they kind of lost their identity as a news channel, and they started doing a lot of other sort of magazine-type programming.”

― Brit Hume

“I guess it’s because I do have a younger audience that, you know, parents worry about the role model thing. But when I was younger, I looked up to people, but I never wanted to be them. I always had my own identity. I’m an entertainer when I’m on stage, and they need to explain that to their kids. That’s not my job to do that.”

― Britney Spears

“I have a lot of respect for all the artists I get compared to, even if, as an artist, you prefer to have your own identity.”

― Brittany Howard

“One identity is as a television writer, which is very classically Southern California, but another of my personae is as a New Yorker cartoonist.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“When we create the right kind of identity, we can say things to the world around us that they don’t actually believe makes sense. We can get them to do things that they don’t think they can do.”

― Bryan Stevenson

“All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“Materialism is an identity crisis.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“In terms of identity, I’m the same person no matter what I’m doing.”

― Bryce Dessner

“As little boys, my brother and I used to spend hours with my grandmother, asking her about the details of how she came to America. She could only give us a smattering of details, but they all found their way into our collective imagination, eventually becoming a part of our own cultural identity and connection to the past.”

― Bryce Dessner

“I have struggled with identity all my life. It’s not like something that just happened last week.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“So many people go through life, and they never deal with their own issues, no matter what the issues are – ours happen to be gender identity. But, how many people go through life and just waste an entire life ’cause they’d never deal with themselves to be who they are.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to… But gender identity is who you are in your soul.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Fifth Harmony is an entity or identity outside all of us, and I don’t think anybody felt individually represented by the sound – we didn’t make it.”

― Camila Cabello

“I think songwriting was the biggest way that I found my identity.”

― Camila Cabello

“I spent a lot of my childhood moving around, so I was constantly adjusting to different environments and finding a new identity.”

― Camila Mendes

“Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.”

― Camille Paglia

“From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”

― Carl Schurz

“To find a clear identity for the team – that is not about buying certain players for a lot of money. It is about getting players who want to play the right way.”

― Carlo Ancelotti

“Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage.”

― Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

“You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don’t necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity… We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.”

― Carlos Fuentes

“Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish.”

― Carlos Ghosn

“As a model, I didn’t have an identity; I was a chameleon, a silent actress. I was an amorphous thing. I wasn’t full of personality, I was full of solitude and solemnity. I wasn’t a cover-girl type.”

― Carmen Dell’Orefice

“Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life.”

― Caroline Leavitt

“It was sort of an experiment to try to leave the violin. Can I be a real person without this thing? It was a big part of my identity.”

― Caroline Shaw

“When President Barack Obama is trying to persuade Americans not to do something, he has a go-to line: ‘That’s not who we are.’ Whether the issue involves discrimination, immigration, torture, criminal violence or health care, he invokes the nation’s very identity.”

― Cass Sunstein

“I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn’t very interesting, and I’m a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that.”

― Catherine Opie

“There’s an identity crisis – a lot of us become mothers, and all of a sudden, we’re expected to become these selfless people. That’s not a really natural process. That, for me, never felt organic.”

― Catherine Reitman

“There’s an identity crisis that happens when you give birth. I don’t care how confident, how secure you are, how much help you have, how many kids you have. For me, it was major.”

― Catherine Reitman

“I would largely attribute my identity – as it relates to music labels and corporate music giants – to Dave Chappelle and his relationship to and firm standing in Hollywood.”

― Chance The Rapper

“One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.”

― Charles Brenton Huggins

“When you see weakness in a hero, you are doing something to his identity. You take something away from the kids, the next generation; you steal away giving them anything to look up to.”

― Charles Bronson

“I’ve scammed so many people throughout my whole life who never learned my true identity until I started acting.”

― Charlie Bewley

“As a writer, I have to admit, there is something darkly compelling about Alzheimer’s because it attacks the two things most central to a writer’s craft – language and memory, which together make up an individual’s identity. Alzheimer’s makes a new character out of a familiar person.”

― Charlie Pierce

“I confused gender identity with sexual orientation. Your gender identity is about who you are, how you feel, the sex that you feel yourself to be. Sexual orientation is who you’re attracted to.”

― Chaz Bono

“Around 2001, I started analyzing lesbians. I started to realize that even really butch-acting or -dressing women still had a strong female identity that I never had.”

― Chaz Bono

“I know that when I attached my sense of identity a little too closely to my work that I might be distracting myself from feelings of unworthiness. It wasn’t the number of hours I worked or how bloodshot my eyes were that defined the difference. It was something internal.”

― Chip Conley

“One of the things that I am learning is that each generation will have its own negotiations with identity. And one generation can not necessarily help the other generation with it.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“Identity is as absurd and contradictory, I think – and certainly as mutable – as the human brain.”

― Chloe Benjamin

“I definitely, when I was younger, struggled a little to understand my identity and who I wanted to be.”

― Chloe Kim

“Unfortunately, I think I drifted so much growing up that I don’t have a strong sense of identity. I don’t feel at home anywhere, and because of that, I think I’m more of a chameleon.”

― Chloe Zhao

“I often feel like an outsider wherever I go, so I’m always attracted to stories about identity and the meaning of home.”

― Chloe Zhao

“In terms of exploring an identity in the country music world, what I realized very quickly was that there are people who have been performing country music since they were kids. It’s very much a part of who they are; very much that jazz and blues are a part of who I am, because I grew up listening to and playing that kind of music.”

― Chris Carmack

“When I came to Nashville, I was sort of experimenting with a new identity, experimenting with the country world and country writers. I realized I needed to take a step back from that, to be true to some of the music I’ve been doing over the years and to put that into the world before I move forward and redefine myself again.”

― Chris Carmack

“I never thought of myself as being the singer that wanted to create an identity and then stick to that.”

― Chris Cornell

“A lot of people get into alternative music as part of their identity. It’s something that isn’t the mainstream, that their brothers and sisters don’t know about, and that their parents don’t like. It’s something they can have as their own.”

― Chris Cornell

“I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.”

― Chris Evert

“Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.”

― Chris Evert

“I was so bad in school that acting gave me some kind of identity and gave me a home.”

― Chris Messina

“I think I’ve established my own identity here at Brandeis.”

― Christie Hefner

“When we talk about feminism – equality without apology for all – we can’t be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity.”

― Christine Pelosi

“We are probably the only artists in the world who have a 2,000-page book on a work of art that doesn’t exist. But in this way, these projects reveal their identity through this whole process. When I’m starting, I only have the slightest idea of how the work of art will exist.”

― Christo

“I think my identity as a ‘conservative’ is entirely inherited. People see the name Buckley, and they think ‘conservative.’”

― Christopher Buckley

“We all need a firm sense of identity.”

― Christopher Eccleston

“Just as the humble, unassuming, assenting ‘O.K.’ has deposed the more affirmative ‘Yes,’ so the little cringe and hesitation and approximation of ‘like’ are a help to young people who are struggling to negotiate the shoals and rapids of ethnic identity, the street, and general correctness.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“As kids, we say stupid things, and because there’s not a record of it, nobody is going to give you a hard time at 30 years old about something you said or did when you were 8 years old. Online, you have all these social networks that are moving to a state of persistent identity, and in turn, we’re sacrificing the ability to be youthful.”

― Christopher Poole

“Personal identity seems like it’s just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ to Jay Gatsby in ‘The Great Gatsby.’ It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you’re given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it?”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“My first four books, from ‘Fight Club’ to ‘Choke,’ dealt with personal identity issues. The crises the narrators found themselves in were generated by themselves.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity – sort of… I haven’t graduated yet. I’m not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.”

― Claire Danes

“But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity.”

― Claudia Cardinale

“I feel like we’re always learning about ourselves, but at twelve, you’re learning big things that shape your identity.”

― Cliff Chiang

“I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions.”

― Cliff Martinez

“I guess I’d like to have my cake and eat it, too. I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions.”

― Cliff Martinez

“I actually don’t see that strong of a connection between my background as a rock ‘n roller and my early films. In a way I think your musical identity in film work is determined by the jobs that come your way.”

― Cliff Martinez

“I loved the idea that I had an alter-ego but that my true identity was very well known and very much on the surface. I was the only one who didn’t know who Stardust really was. So it was very much tied to comics – everything I’ve done. I did a whole run where I’d wear a face mask when I was on SmackDown, and that was based on Dr. Doom.”

― Cody Rhodes

“It’s one of those things that gets written off as humorous when you watch a child entertainer try to redefine themselves, but it can be an intense identity crisis.”

― Cole Sprouse

“I feel like elements of race and identity and ethnicity are sort of missing in all of literature, not just in women’s literature.”

― Cristina Henriquez

“The actor has a constant problem of personal identity.”

― Cyril Cusack

“Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French.”

― Cyril Cusack

“My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim.”

― Dalia Mogahed

“If you want to eat more vegetarian food, you don’t have to become a vegetarian. It doesn’t have to be an identity overhaul.”

― Damaris Phillips

“The attitude and identity that we want to play with doesn’t change.”

― Dan Quinn

“A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexual identity or expression. It’s often the effeminate boys and the masculine girls, the ones who violate gender norms and expectations, who get bullied.”

― Dan Savage

“Hollywood, the business, would be just fine if someone were to destroy the Hollywood sign. The city’s there is the airport – its point of entry and exit, and in some ways its identity.”

― Dana Goodyear

“I think for diners, it is about crafting an identity around food which we have not really had in a mainstream way in this country. So there is a mass movement of people who identify themselves through their food preferences or even just that they prioritize food – that’s where we get this idea of being a foodie.”

― Dana Goodyear

“The Left puts their stock in substance and lives on identity and figureheads. It will be the end of the Right to do the same.”

― Dana Loesch

“I really feel that Hong Kong is my home, and Hong Kong is my identity as an actor.”

― Daniel Wu

“The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state’s Jewish identity. The refugees’ place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution.”

― Danny Danon

“Identity is made up of lots of different things now. Different colors and patterns stand out at different times. Different instruments in the symphony of being are more distinct than others at different times.”

― Darryl Pinckney

“I think we carry around the idea of being a Kid in the Hall as part of our identity. It’s a big part of how we see ourselves now.”

― Dave Foley

“Gang violence in America is not a sudden problem. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas.”

― Dave Reichert

“Work is really wrapped up with identity. Work is not just money for most people.”

― David Autor

“Work is what structures adults’ lives: it gives us purpose, focus, a set of responsibilities, and an identity. So when people are not participating in the labour market, all sorts of other things often start to go wrong.”

― David Autor

“Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people’s confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being.”

― David Blunkett

“What is it that unites, on the left of British politics, George Orwell, Billy Bragg, Gordon Brown and myself? An understanding that identity and a sense of belonging need to be linked to our commitment to nationhood and a modern form of patriotism.”

― David Blunkett

“Glam really did plant seeds for a new identity. I think a lot of kids needed that – that sense of reinvention. Kids learned that however crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be.”

― David Bowie

“Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity.”

― David Bowie

“Enshrined in a language is the whole of a community’s history and a large part of its cultural identity. The world is a mosaic of visions. To lose even one piece of this mosaic is a loss for all of us.”

― David Crystal

“I don’t have any particular desire to see words making a comeback. They are of their era, after all, and that is their identity – they form part of the linguistic color of a period.”

― David Crystal

“In Cardiff, I’ve heard a number of accent mixes that weren’t previously heard before such as Cardiff-Arabic and Cardiff-Hindi. This pattern is repeating itself in many urban communities across the U.K.; people are especially keen to develop a strong sense of local identity.”

― David Crystal

“Who are we? Whom do we want to become? How do we perceive ourselves? How do we want to be perceived? These questions of identity are often at the core of our own internal struggles. Resolve them, and you are closer to being free.”

― David Ebershoff

“When you read something, and especially when you’re reading compellingly great, that becomes part of your identity, at least while you’re reading it. You become changed by reading it.”

― David Ferry

“You have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity.”

― David Goggins

“The perception of identity is so intimately bound up with the perception of the human form.”

― David Hanson

“Today there are millions of people making stuff and putting it into the world: that’s become part of our identity and it shouldn’t be limited to people who fancy themselves writers, or who are particularly witty or talented.”

― David Karp

“From a young age, I was rubbing elbows with a very different kind of person and social class, and I felt a lot of tension and conflict in my identity because of that.”

― David Lindsay-Abaire

“History is information. Memory is part of your identity.”

― David Miliband

“Even when God chose Israel, he did not create the people of Israel as he created its human members, as natural beings. Instead, God formed the people of Israel from individual human beings already living in the natural world, calling them into a new historical identity.”

― David Novak

“Most Jews, like most rational persons, know that their personal identity and their ethnic identity are not one and the same.”

― David Novak

“I don’t think of myself as a brand. Branding to me feels like a position or identity that’s frozen in time. I’m more interested in transitions.”

― David Rockwell

“Who among us is so certain of our identity? Who hasn’t been asked, ‘What’s your background?’ and hesitated, even for a split second, to answer their inquisitor. Howard Jacobson’s ‘The Finkler Question’ forces us to ask that of ourselves, and that’s why it’s a must read, no matter what your background.”

― David Sax

“I started writing one afternoon when I was twenty, and ever since then I have written every day. At first I had to force myself. Then it became part of my identity, and I did it without thinking.”

― David Sedaris

“Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others.”

― David Soul

“The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering.”

― David Whyte

“One of the great difficulties as you rise up through an organisation is that your prior competencies are exploded and broken apart by the territory you’ve been promoted into: the field of human identity.”

― David Whyte

“Authenticity in branding requires a step by step, measured methodology that doesn’t veer from a brand’s key identity.”

― Debbie Millman

“Massimo Vignelli designed a timeless, elegant, and powerful identity for American Airlines.”

― Debbie Millman

“We never know who we are going to be until we are tested, but perhaps we can test ourselves without going to the extremes of war. Perhaps we can be kinder now, live with less now, reach out to others now – and build an inner reserve of a strong identity that will hold us up even when everything else falls away.”

― Deborah Ellis

“Films are wonderful but they do fix an identity. I can’t read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ anymore, for instance, without imaging Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.”

― Deborah Harkness

“Having to stake out your identity and have people question whether or not you’re being yourself was a tension that I could relate to.”

― Dee Rees

“Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity into a domain of awareness that is more universal.”

― Deepak Chopra

“We have to really educate ourselves in a way about who we are, what our real identity is.”

― Deepak Chopra

“Some women facing ‘honour’ crimes require relocation far outside the reaches of their extended families and changes of identity to escape detection.”

― Deeyah Khan

“Then a year would go by and I’d realize I love the acting too much and it is my identity and I don’t know how to be anything but an actress. It’s who and what I am, so I always come back.”

― Delta Burke

“I always had long hair. When you lose it, you realise just how important it is to your identity.”

― Delta Goodrem

“The thing is most people are afraid to step out, to take a chance beyond their established identity.”

― Demi Moore

“In Canada, for boys, your identity is built on hockey. It’s your social position; it’s everything. And I was the worst hockey player of Canada.”

― Denis Villeneuve

“When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It’s like death.”

― Dennis Quaid

“I’m a black, gay man, and I should be able to live in a world where I’m able to live in the complexity of my identity in a way that is safe and secure, like everyone else.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“I made a vow that I wouldn’t be tempted by what could happen to me if I went to Europe. I thought, ‘You could be absorbed in it – it’s so seductive, you might lose your own search for identity.’ Then, when I did finally go to Europe, I was able to resist it because I had established my own identity.”

― Derek Walcott

“There is a restless identity in the New World. The New World needs an identity without guilt or blame.”

― Derek Walcott

“The process of establishing the identity of passport applicants needs to be strengthened by introducing a requirement for some applicants to attend a passport office in person.”

― Des Browne

“With the enhancements to the security of the passport document itself that biometric technology will bring, it is time to make equivalent enhancements to the process of establishing identity before issuing passports.”

― Des Browne

“In Strapping, I had experimented with a creative catharsis under the assumption that art doesn’t need to be accountable for itself, but I found out in very practical ways that you are accountable for everything you say. Everything you write, everything you do becomes not only your identity but your world resonates with it.”

― Devin Townsend

“The identity of each band is what’s important for me production-wise.”

― Devin Townsend

“It’s a huge burden to be known as Mr. Rajinikanth’s son-in-law. Once I married his daughter Aishwarya in 2004, I lost my identity.”

― Dhanush

“Wherever I went, I became a son-in-law. It was a terrible phase for me. I had to work double hard to get back my identity. Whenever I gave an interview, the first question would invariably be, ‘What is it like to be his son-in-law?’ Now that question comes somewhere in the middle of the interview. Hopefully, soon, it won’t be asked at all.”

― Dhanush

“I really truly believe I found my identity with country music.”

― Diana DeGarmo

“What a lonely species we are, searching for signals of life from other galaxies, adopting companion animals, visiting parks and zoos to commune with other beasts. In the process, we discover our shared identity.”

― Diane Ackerman

“Berlin is still going through a transition since the Cold War – both in what used to be East and West Berlin. I can still sense the confusion and the struggle for identity there in the streets. There’s a pulse to it.”

― Diane Kruger

“I believe that all women should have children. I think women are made to have children and to be mothers. I also think women have to have an identity outside the home.”

― Diane von Furstenberg

“It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S. national sovereignty.”

― Dick Thornburgh

“Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“I love what I do, and I find personal joy through my work at Harman. My identity is who I am and what I do.”

― Dinesh Paliwal

“A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same.”

― Djuna Barnes

“It’s very important for a brand to have an identity through the years, but it’s very important as well to evolve because times change so fast.”

― Donatella Versace

“Look at every action movie in Hollywood. Every leading man from Spider-Man to Batman to James Bond, ‘Bourne Identity’, every one of them possesses martial arts skills.”

― Donnie Yen

“You’re an island no matter what you do. I think it’s very dangerous to use popularity as your identity in life. So you have to really know who you are inside, the core person, and follow what is true rather than follow what is hype.”

― Donny Osmond

“I used to sit near Marilyn Monroe in the Actor’s Studio. She’d get dressed up because that was her identity. Sad. Those cameras wouldn’t leave her alone. She didn’t know where to hide.”

― Doris Roberts

“When I was shooting ‘The Bourne Identity,’ I had a mantra: ‘How come you never see James Bond pay a phone bill?’ It sounds trite, but it became the foundation of that franchise.”

― Doug Liman

“The more real I got on ‘The Bourne Identity,’ the more interesting it got. So ‘Fair Game’ was the chance to go a few more steps in that direction. In fact, I discovered this whole other world that I had ignored in the ‘Bourne’ franchise, which is the domestic life of a spy, and how you make the two halves of your life coexist.”

― Doug Liman

“I started my career wanting to make a ‘James Bond’ movie, and I couldn’t get hired! I made ‘The Bourne Identity,’ and ultimately the impact of that film was that it changed the ‘James Bond’ franchise.”

― Doug Liman

“More of ‘The Bourne Identity’s script was taken from the events of the Iran Contra, which my father investigated for the Senate, than what was taken from Robert Ludlum’s novel.”

― Doug Liman

“That’s why ‘The Bourne Identity’ has that sort of shaky style, because for the most part, Matt Damon and I were sneaking around Paris and shooting where we didn’t have permits.”

― Doug Liman

“’North by Northwest’ was a big influence for ‘The Bourne Identity.’”

― Doug Liman

“I chose ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ specifically ’cause I had just made ‘The Bourne Identity’ and made a film that glamorized being an action hero, and I wanted to make the exact opposite. I wanted to make a movie that glamorized maintaining a marriage, and that made the action hero part seem easy and made the marriage part seem hard.”

― Doug Liman

“When I was making ‘Bourne Identity,’ I wasn’t making a dumb action movie like they were expecting it to be.”

― Doug Liman

“When I set out to make ‘Bourne Identity,’ my main goal for the franchise was to create something where it feels like you’re in the action. You’re not just passively watching it from far away. That’s something that I have constantly aspired to do – even in ‘Swingers,’ to feel like you’re Jon Favreau; you’re not just watching him.”

― Doug Liman

“As I traveled around the country on a book tour for ‘In Harm’s Way,’ I began learning how certain Indianapolis survivors had heard these voices – not necessarily the voice of God, but often that of someone who had fostered them and imparted an identity as a person who doesn’t quit.”

― Doug Stanton

“The Network Generation are secure in, and proud of, their Scottishness. Unlike my generation that grew up in the ’80s, they don’t see our sense of identity as under threat.”

― Douglas Alexander

“It’s unwise to say nation-states wanting to retain their national identity in Europe should be dissuaded or stopped from doing so. Nationalism can go wrong, sure – but everything can go wrong.”

― Douglas Murray

“Every project is different. Adapting ‘Robopocalypse’ would be totally different than adapting, say, ‘Hunger Games.’ Each project has its own life and its own identity. You get into trouble when you think there’s one single way to approach everything. Each project, there’s a different way to attack it.”

― Drew Goddard

“I picked Dad’s guitar up when I was 8. It hurt to play, so I put it down and picked it back up when I was 15 and dug in. The guitar helped me come out of my shell and kind of gave me an identity at school.”

― Dustin Lynch

“Each book tends to have its own identity rather than the author’s. It speaks from itself rather than you. Each book is unlike the others because you are not bringing the same voice to every book. I think that keeps you alive as a writer.”

― E. L. Doctorow

“There is nothing settled about a poet’s identity. The becoming doesn’t stop because the being has been achieved. They proceed together, attached in ways that are hard to be exact about.”

― Eavan Boland

“The nineteenth century, especially the second half of it, was a time of restatement in Ireland. After the famine, after the failed rebellions of the Forties and Sixties, the cultural and political desires for self-determination began to shape each other in a series of riffs on independence and identity.”

― Eavan Boland

“I’m not really clear what the whole deal is with flags. I like my flag, but I wouldn’t die for it. There’s issues of identity, of course. That’s going to always come in. I, for example, don’t want to be called a ‘North Britisher.’ I want to be Scottish.”

― Eddi Reader

“I choose to be American, I choose to live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I choose to have Puerto Rican/Jewish neighbors, and I choose to maintain my Chinese identity.”

― Eddie Huang

“Years ago, I carved out an identity, and it has always been about having a voice to tell people about stuff I love.”

― Eddie Trunk

“The majesty of the American Jewish experience is in its success marrying its unique Jewish identity with the larger, liberal values of the United States. There is no need anymore to choose between assimilation and separation. We are accepted as equals.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“Panama is a country that’s been dealing with issues of identity since its very birth. It was born on Wall Street. It was born out of engineering construction. It was the canal. Because of the canal, the country was born, so the country has been divided into pro-canal and against-canal people for so long.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn’t the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together.”

― Edmund White

“America thrives on identity politics, left and right. But France is opposed to the idea. Since the Revolution, the French have enthroned the idea of universalism. All of us must be equal before the law as abstract individuals, and that extends to the arts.”

― Edmund White

“I think there is a danger with young people of being dependent in the sense that they don’t acquire any identity or self-image of themselves as thinkers.”

― Edward de Bono

“Stories are one of the means by which a culture preserves its identity.”

― Edward Zwick

“A highly visible, shared identity can help bring activists from different backgrounds together with a common sense of purpose and push for change more effectively – from the global stage to within their own communities and families.”

― Efua Dorkenoo

“None of the people I grew up with had identity problems. We all had perfectly marvelous lives.”

― Eileen Ford

“Even with the beauty stories we put out, we saw there was an opportunity to address issues of representation, identity, self-expression. We created the community that we wanted to have at ‘Teen Vogue.’ We were willing to lose some to have more.”

― Elaine Welteroth

“I think braids over all allow you to play with your identity a little bit and just have some fun and show off your creativity.”

― Elaine Welteroth

“In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how the idea struck them.”

― Eleanor Catton

“I am a New Zealander, but I don’t want to swallow New Zealand identity in one gulp.”

― Eleanor Catton

“I think that people post to social media to help shape their public identity.”

― Eli Pariser

“I didn’t read much SF as a kid – I was a total Tolkien geek – but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large.”

― Elizabeth Hand

“If you are trying to raise a child to be a Jew, then you have to create a sense of Jewish identity. You really weaken that sense of identity if you celebrate two religions.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Consular cards are easily obtained with no proof of true identity and are easily forged.”

― Elton Gallegly

“I’ve never felt British. I’m just not interested in national identity. I don’t know why.”

― Elvis Costello

“I put myself into another world and another identity, and I design not for how my life is but for how my imaginary life is.”

― Emilia Wickstead

“I didn’t necessarily intend it for myself, but it just happens with Instagram and Twitter; people come up to me and call me Emrata; they don’t call me Emily. That’s my brand, my identity.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“I like books that explore identity and youth culture or rites of passage.”

― Emily Weiss

“Just because I believe in the identity and integrity of my country doesn’t make a xenophobe or a nationalist.”

― Emir Kusturica

“Identity politics are wearisome; you don’t want to go on speaking for any one group as a writer.”

― Emma Donoghue

“I’m constantly seen as a ‘foreigner,’ and I need my passport to prove my identity, to keep moving and to carry on my work.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“To avoid the trap of Europe fragmenting on the economy, security, and identity, we have to return to the original promises of the European project: peace, prosperity and freedom. We should have a real, adult, democratic debate about the Europe we want.”

― Emmanuel Macron

“The most important thing for me as an artist is having an identity.”

― Eric Church

“From the right, you get demagogues shouting about brown-skinned anchor babies and clamoring to deport the undocumented. From the left, you get advocacy for the oppressed but otherwise, when it comes to national civic identity, mainly silence.”

― Eric Liu

“Identity in America is complicated but it’s also simple: it’s about whom you identify with and who identifies with you.”

― Eric Liu

“I think it’s pretty clear that the Internet as a whole has not had a strong notion of identity. And identity means, ‘Who am I?’ Fundamentally, what Facebook has done has built a way to figure out who people are.”

― Eric Schmidt

“I know so many women in their fifties, sixties and seventies who delight in being on their own. It’s amazing. They don’t see any stigma attached to it. We don’t need a man to prove our identity anymore.”

― Erica Jong

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”

― Erik Erikson

“I’m utterly androgynous, and I truly love it. It’s been part of my identity for so long. I’ve never been that pretty girl, and I wouldn’t want to be.”

― Erin O’Connor

“Most of the Jewish writer friends I have are American, and I feel closer to them because they’re always obsessed with one issue – identity: what does it mean to be an American Jew?”

― Etgar Keret

“My hair is my identity.”

― Ethan Zohn

“Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity.”

― Eugenio Montale

“If you go back all the way to the 1920s, filmmakers in Hollywood changed the identity of villains from German to Russian.”

― Evan Osnos

“There is no doubt that the Internet brims with spamming, scamming and identity fraud. Having someone wipe out your hard drive or bank account has never been easier, and the tools for committing electronic mischief on your enemies are cheap and widely accessible.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“My hunch is that people often affiliate with causes online for selfish and narcissistic purposes. Sometimes, it may be as simple as trying to impress their online friends, and once you have fashioned that identity, there is very little reason to actually do anything else.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“Jimmy Iovine signed me personally to a million-dollar contract, and I lost my identity for a long time. That system is so predicated on making a hit, or you’re out of here.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“To understand the fanatic rejection of women’s liberation in the Muslim world, one has to take into account the time factor. Most of us educated women have illiterate mothers. The conservative wave against women in the Muslim world is a defense mechanism against profound changes in both sex roles and the touchy subject of sexual identity.”

― Fatema Mernissi

“There is definitely a way in which women are raised to be less proactive, less business-oriented, and less willing to jump into creative no man’s land. I think media has more of an influence on how we perceive gender identity than anything else.”

― Felicia Day

“My life has been devoted to the upliftment of the Filipino by reestablishing his identity and dignity.”

― Ferdinand Marcos

“Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.”

― Fernando Botero

“You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living.”

― Fernando Flores

“Every kid has a laptop; everyone can make music, so in order to stand out, I think it’s important to find that sonic identity, I think my sonic identity – and mine is finding these weird sounds that may not necessarily sound that musical, and make them sound musical.”

― Flume

“I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly growing… Kids would tease me, calling me ‘Little Bush.’ But… I thought being called Forest helped me find my identity.”

― Forest Whitaker

“In some sense, when you take a child soldier out of an armed group, you’ve taken away the identity he or she has had for years, and you can’t assume life is just going to return to normal.”

― Forest Whitaker

“People feel really uncomfortable talking about race and identity, largely because the subject is so taboo.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“I’ve had lots of people say, ‘Oh, Franchesca’s content is just for white people.’ But I try to talk about identity in a way that’s accessible to lots of people and is not a pointed finger.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“The police can’t protect consumers. People need to be more aware and educated about identity theft. You need to be a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter and there’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. We live in a time when if you make it easy for someone to steal from you, someone will.”

― Frank Abagnale

“The truth is, your identity already has been stolen.”

― Frank Abagnale

“We should be very concerned: if identity theft is so simple to do, what’s to stop me from entering this country and assuming the identity of someone else for the sole purpose of living here illegally for terrorist reasons? That alone would be a concern.”

― Frank Abagnale

“Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it. And they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that’s one of the reasons that make it very popular.”

― Frank Abagnale

“It’s amazing how much information we share in social media, then we wonder why people steal our identity.”

― Frank Abagnale

“If you happen to tell me where you were born, your date of birth and that kind of information, then I’m 98 percent of the way to stealing your identity.”

― Frank Abagnale

“The front of a cheque alone gives someone enough information to steal your identity.”

― Frank Abagnale

“If you tell me your name and date of birth, that’s all I need to steal your identity.”

― Frank Abagnale

“You should know, whether you live in the U.S. or in the U.K., that your identity has already been stolen.”

― Frank Abagnale

“I have never witnessed, nor will I live long enough to witness, a more simplistic crime than me stealing your identity.”

― Frank Abagnale

“We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there.”

― Frank Delaney

“The possibility of saying anything about a thing rests on the assumption that it preserves its identity, or continues to be the same thing in the respect described, that it will behave in future situations as it has in past.”

― Frank Knight

“There was a feeling I had when I got pregnant and decided to keep the baby, and I knew I wasn’t going to be with the baby daddy, and I was really toying with what my identity would be.”

― Frankie Shaw

“I have never really tried to forge my own identity. As followers of Jesus Christ, we ought to forge our identity in Him.”

― Franklin Graham

“Systematically identity top designers as early as possible. The best are often not the most experienced.”

― Fred Brooks

“I’d guess blockchains will be the full-blown backbone of virtual worlds – the system for currency, assets, identity, even governance – before doing the same in the ‘real world.’ Which is where I think we will end up in the real world eventually; it’s just a matter of which goes first and how long until it’s the case for both.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“We are on our way to blockchains as the fabric of society – the system for what we own (assets), who we are (identity), how we make decisions (governance), and more in an increasingly digital world. It’s going to be a wild ride.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“I’m really interested in the intersection between reputation, identity, and knowledge.”

― Fred Wilson

“I think that ‘minimalist’ is a useful label for other people to identify me, but from my standpoint, I doesn’t necessarily have an identity as that.”

― Fumio Sasaki

“You have to be dope; you have to find an audience and reach that audience with your identity and your message.”

― G-Eazy

“’Lost’ seems to be the inverse of ‘Air’: It explores dispossession and identity by forcing a bunch of people into one invented landscape instead of using many invented landscapes to keep people apart.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“I’m a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“A society is only as great as the values that it enshrines as part of its ethos. A society is only as great as the extent to which it is willing to defend its identity.”

― Gad Saad

“For a border state, I would argue that Texas is less lunatic on the subject of immigration issues than other places around it, like Arizona. They’re much more comfortable with their long-term identity as a place with a very large Hispanic population.”

― Gail Collins

“I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity. I did my two-year military service; I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me.”

― Gal Gadot

“In England, we’ve spent a bit of time being lost as to what our modern identity is.”

― Gareth Southgate

“When I was a child, the FA Cup was one of the crown jewels of the sporting year, along with the Grand National, Wimbledon and The Open. But with every announcement it seems to lose another piece of its identity. First it was sponsors added to the name, followed by the semi-finals at Wembley.”

― Gary Neville

“Our flag is our identity, and we can’t disrespect or let anyone else disrespect our identity.”

― Gautam Gambhir

“The thing about acting is you don’t want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It’s a pleasure to go and exchange your identity.”

― Gena Rowlands

“Religion and culture are two important ways in which we as humans find our identity. That’s certainly true for me.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I’ve tried to write from my own understanding of identity in all my comics, whether it’s about superheroes or historical conflicts or monkey gods.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Every superhero has this superhero identity and a civilian identity. A lot of their lives are about code switching.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“The human body is not the person. Identity is the way the brain operates; it’s memories, it’s sensory input and output. The mind is the person.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“The gender is irrelevant; the identity is the one you should try and create for yourself by yourself, and the narrative of your own life becomes your own book.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“I’m so excited about ‘Identity Thief’. It’s such a good comedy, and I’m excited for people to go out and see it!”

― Genesis Rodriguez

“Practically everyone I know now is from a middle- or upper-middle-class background, and I no longer have the huge chip on my shoulder that I carried around for so many years. I’m not sure it comes out much in the work, but coming from this kind of background is absolutely central to my identity, to my sense of who I am.”

― Geoff Dyer

“Conflicts are never caused in any simple way by identity, culture or economics. Where resources are scarce, or there are strong historical memories of conflict, small events are more likely to inflame passions.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“The idea is that in any situation, people have a notion as to who they are and how they should behave. And if you don’t behave according to your identity, you pay a cost.”

― George Akerlof

“The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“Glasgow’s really friendly, with this impressive mix of real solidarity and identity that’s very personal.”

― George MacKay

“The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity.”

― George McGovern

“In my own professional career, I’ve tried to establish my own identity and my own track record so that if I were to entertain a run for office, there would be my own track record for voters to look at.”

― George P. Bush

“Amazon’s identity and goals are never clear and always fluid, which makes the company destabilizing and intimidating.”

― George Packer

“Republicans today have given the country conservatism in the spirit of Sarah Palin, whose ignorance about the world, contempt for expertise, and raw appeals to white identity politics presaged Trump’s incendiary campaign.”

― George Packer

“When I started writing poetry in my senior term of high school – I was sixteen – I felt in touch with a secret language. It gave me a sense of identity. I suddenly discovered I wasn’t alone.”

― Gerard Malanga

“I wouldn’t have been able to move to L.A. if I felt I was going to lose my identity as a New Jerseyian. My accent has gotten thicker since I’ve lived here.”

― Gerard Way

“I was adopted by a Salvadorian mother and a white father. Growing up having complete identity crisis. Then my search for my mother and trying to find out why I was given up, and how could a mother give up a child, then finding out the circumstances of my birth was pretty traumatizing.”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“Brazil has its own fashion identity. Many very talented Brazilian designers show every season at Sao Paulo and Rio fashion weeks.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“All women, and men of color – we were owned like tables and chairs. We spent a hundred years getting a legal identity as human beings. That’s a big thing.”

― Gloria Steinem

“To my astonishment, everything that I had assumed was now questioned by the findings. What started off as a search for identity that appeared to be purely Scottish in origin ended up as a discovery of my migrant roots – indeed an understanding that almost all of our families, at some stage, have been migrants – and my European roots.”

― Gordon Brown

“A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact.”

― Gore Vidal

“In classical times, it was a capital offense to speculate upon the hour of a king’s death or upon the identity of his successor.”

― Gore Vidal

“Being a rock and roll band is about spending time on the details so that you can hone your own identity.”

― Grace Potter

“I think that identity and sort of the brand – I hate that word – the brand of the musician should be malleable. It should change, and it should grow.”

― Grace Potter

“Trump represented a movement of dissatisfaction, the dissent, unhappiness, division cultivated by years of identity politics and the bullying of arrogant, insufferable, intolerant social justice warriors who used the last two terms to punish anyone who reminded them of Daddy.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“Human evolution relies on cooperation, which is why identity politics feels so backward.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“Identity politics preaches a splintering of one large, collaborative group into competing vindictive ones – resulting in new, angry tribes whose central thesis is to not cooperate.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“In the absurd idiocy of identity regressive politics, looting is seen as protest, and protecting one’s own property is seen as privilege.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“The rise of ISIS, the orgy of identity politics, and the political changes they brought – how could Obama not see that coming? I blame the golf.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“2017 may have been that year when identity politics hit a brick wall – and slumped limply on the pavement.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“In the American ‘melting pot,’ identity politics wants to smash that pot – to bring us back to the Dark Ages, when collaboration was sparse.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“When you are in a band for a number of years you loose your identity in a way. You become a part of that band and then all of a sudden you are not part of that band. You are still the band without the other two members.”

― Greg Lake

“To go back to architecture, what’s organic about architecture as a field, unlike product design, is this whole issue of holism and of monumentality is really our realm. Like, we have to design things which are coherent as a single object, but also break down into small rooms and have an identity of both the big scale and the small scale.”

― Greg Lynn

“Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“My career had zero to do with whether or not my husband also worked. It had everything to do with personal identity, personal goals, and making the most of my life.”

― Gretchen Carlson

“In ‘Before and After,’ I identify the sixteen strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. Some are quite familiar, such as ‘Monitoring,’ ‘Scheduling,’ and ‘Convenience.’ Some took me a lot of effort to identify, such as ‘Thinking,’ ‘Identity,’ and ‘Clarity.’”

― Gretchen Rubin

“One of the most important elements of my identity is my identity as a reader. I love to read – really, if I’m honest with myself, it’s practically the only activity that I truly love to do.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“In terms of ‘Beyond the Lights’ and ‘Belle,’ they’re definitely stories about identity. They’re female empowerment stories. So I’m exploring that through my work.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“I love monsters the way people worship holy images. To me, they really connect in a very fundamental way to my identity.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“The European Union arose on an economic foundation, and it turns out that even this is not a solid base. Cultural identity has been neglected.”

― Gunter Grass

“I knew from an early age that people didn’t see the different sides of me. I formulated a kind of bi-cultural identity quite early, and I was always very comfortable with it, but I knew people didn’t quite see that.”

― Gurinder Chadha

“I’ve gotten a lot of messages from kids struggling with their identity and sexuality, whether it’s because they’re in a religious family or a small town or a sport that’s not very accepting. I’ve had a ton of outreach, and I’ve tried to get back to kids as best I could.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“The precariat has been losing cultural rights in that those in it feel they cannot and do not belong to any community that gives them secure identity or a sense of solidarity and reciprocity, of mutual support.”

― Guy Standing

“Everyone wants to come to Bengaluru and establish an empire. In the process, the most neglected people are Kannadigas, who are losing their land and identity. To protect our people, we need a regional party and not for anything else.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.”

― Haile Selassie

“The simple truth of our finiteness is that we could, by whatever means, go on interminably only at the price of either losing the past and, therewith, our identity, or living only in the past and therefore without a real present. We cannot seriously wish either and thus not a physical enduring at that price.”

― Hans Jonas

“I wanted to write a story about colonization and about Hawaii. I went to college right at the height of identity politics, and that’s how I always read ‘The Tempest,’ for example.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“Publishing is a business, and I completely understand it. But when you don’t have to depend on writing for your identity or your income, you can do whatever you want.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“I think I passed up a lot of opportunities for love because I was too interested in identity politics.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“Sexuality is who you want to be with. Gender identity is who you want to be in the world.”

― Hari Nef

“I think that often my work is obscured by my gender identity.”

― Hari Nef

“My identity will always inform my experience and shape my perception. But I am an unremarkable person.”

― Hari Nef

“My desire to be an actor or a model precedes my identity.”

― Hari Nef

“This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech, is nearly over.”

― Harold Brodkey

“I would happily have done any of the ‘Bourne Identity’ sequels. There are good sequels, but I’m not good at making them.”

― Harold Ramis

“Work has been the central column for most of my life; it has always been my identity.”

― Harriet Walter

“Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals.”

― Harry Hay

“It’s a misconception that all singers need to portray a messed up, dirty look to prove their identity.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“How do you manage your online identity? It’s something I talk about with my students all the time.”

― Hasan M. Elahi

“I exist in this hyphen. I’m an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian, or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?”

― Hasan Minhaj

“My mom works at the VA; she’s been working at the VA for 15 plus years, and yet she’s helping so many veterans coming back from brown Muslim countries, and my mom treats them. It’s this weird – sometimes I feel torn. It’s this dual identity. I’m so proud to be American, and at the same time, I disagree with our foreign policy.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“Citizenship rights is about making all Iranians feel they are part of one nation, one identity, under one umbrella they can feel proud of.”

― Hassan Rouhani

“Without comprehending the role of identity, many issues we all face will remain unresolved.”

― Hassan Rouhani

“We’re a nation in search of an identity, but it’s quite exciting. I don’t regard it as a problem. It’s a challenge.”

― Helen Clark

“I think I started writing about identity, and I used to believe that identity is the story. But now I’m not so much subscribed to that. I mean, with ‘Mr. Fox,’ it has a feminist agenda as well. And so, as I sort of been away from writing about identity, I still feel that kind of tug of roots and, you know, cultural background.”

― Helen Oyeyemi

“If you really have your own identity you’ll keep on doing what you think is really right for you, and you’ll also understand the next step you want to take.”

― Helmut Lang

“It is obviously no secret that I earn a lot of money. But it is also no secret that I give most of it away. I don’t live a luxurious life. I drive a small second-hand Fiat. I don’t have to worry about money, which is itself a privilege. But I never had any anxiety that I would lose my identity.”

― Henning Mankell

“Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.”

― Henri Nouwen

“In our production-oriented society, being busy, having an occupation, has become one of the main ways, if not the main way, of identifying ourselves. Without an occupation, not just our economic security but our very identity is endangered.”

― Henri Nouwen

“You own your identity; it is important to feel that way.”

― Henry Golding

“The one thing that I learned very young was to own my identity. And, I knew, I’m Asian through and through. There’s nothing I needed to prove.”

― Henry Golding

“Every one of us at some point in our lives has had the struggle with identity.”

― Henry Golding

“Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter.”

― Henry Rollins

“Could it be that violence is as much a part of the American identity as the Constitution, and a vital component to its economic stability?”

― Henry Rollins

“Guns are part of the American identity.”

― Henry Rollins

“We need to reflect the true identity of Muslims, how peaceful they are and really be able to talk to the Western media about the true look and heart of the Muslims.”

― Hesham Qandil

“My identity was a big issue when I was a teenager, and I had a lot of questions, like: ‘Who am I?’ ‘Who do I belong to?’ But when I was still quite young, I decided that belonging is a tough process in life, and I’d better say I belonged to myself and the world rather than belonging to one nationality or another.”

― Hiam Abbass

“When you’re younger, it’s hard because you’re finding your identity, and then for 12 hours out of the day, you have to be a different person. So that’s a tricky phase – as far as figuring who you are out and then figuring out the people that you’re working with.”

― Hilarie Burton

“Creating things that people want to tie into their identity is the best way to make them spread.”

― Hilary Mason

“I’ve never thought of myself in terms of an identity. I’m always baffled when I encounter someone who gives the impression about being confident about a particular defined identity.”

― Hisham Matar

“So much progress has been made with topics like mental illness and drug abuse and sexual identity.”

― Holly Hunter

“In our tiny town, my father wasn’t a scientist – he was the scientist, and being a scientist wasn’t his job: it was his identity.”

― Hope Jahren

“I think actors are attracted to the idea of other identities and concealing themselves behind some other identity.”

― Hugh Laurie

“When you’re a kid you have this sense of wonder and wholeness and a strong sense of your own identity.”

― Hugo Weaving

“We are on the forefront of a revolution in which identity and expression will take priority over the labels assigned to us at birth; in which self-identification will take priority over perception; in which gender will fall away entirely.”

― Hunter Schafer

“There might have been a point in my career where, because people have been telling me I’m an activist, I took on that label. But in retrospect, I don’t think that’s what I am – or what I’ve been – just because I’m vocal about my identity sometimes.”

― Hunter Schafer

“I don’t feel proprietary, but I do feel there is a human identity to the borough of Hackney that’s quite peculiar. It was always bloody-minded and difficult; it always stood up to central government.”

― Iain Sinclair

“In most cases, my favorite Jethro Tull songs will be determined by how I feel about them as live performance songs, not by the recorded identity.”

― Ian Anderson

“There won’t be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not.”

― Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal

“This country gave us hope. This country allowed for us to develop our own identity and to create our own home. And we should not look down on the next person that is trying to do that.”

― Ilhan Omar

“I was a teenager when 9/11 happened. And I really was uncomfortable with many members of our community feeling like they had to strip themselves of their identity in order to mitigate the violence and the fears that they were feeling.”

― Ilhan Omar

“High school is the time to find yourself and to explore with fashion and create your own identity.”

― India de Beaufort

“I go to the gym and work through a routine. But if you see someone with a personal trainer, you know they do 10 times more than you do. You give up your sense of identity. If you watch ‘The Biggest Loser,’ you see people give up their identity to become something else.”

― Irvine Welsh

“Portland hardly got to have an identity before that identity became a joke – I live in a joke. Seattle at least got to wear out its identity before it became a joke.”

― Isaac Brock

“I believe if you are sincere with your work and you are good at it, then your identity will be created by default.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“I have no intention to make a name for myself and to separate my identity from my brother’s name. I am proud to be identified as Shahid’s brother. There is no shame in it.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“Doesn’t the world see the suffering of millions of Palestinians who have been living in exile around the world or in refugee camps for the past 60 years? No state, no home, no identity, no right to work. Doesn’t the world see this injustice?”

― Ismail Haniyeh

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish culture.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“We are proving that Latinos have the power to connect with an audience on a global level without having to leave our identity behind.”

― J Balvin

“Like any group that has endured much, African Americans have created a strong and mutually reinforcing sense of group identity. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself.”

― J. C. Watts

“I believe that I’m a hillbilly in my values and in my attitudes, and I don’t want to lose that. I think it’s possible to maintain a big chunk of that identity so long as you’re self-reflective and meaningful about it.”

― J. D. Vance

“Success is so bad for everybody, period. Especially a certain kind of success, when people practically give up their identity. They forget who they are, how they are.”

― Jack Dunphy

“I’ve always been a big fan of Philip K. Dick; I love his work. There’s a returning theme of identity and the fragility of our identity. Even when we are looking at what we think is a stark reality, it might actually be something completely different.”

― Jack Reynor

“I started acting when I was 5 years old. And I was pretty well known for a while. Your self-esteem and your identity start to become wrapped up in that celebrity, and when that starts to fade away, your self-esteem and your identity start to fade away with it.”

― Jackie Earle Haley

“I like to chat either at my site or, sometimes, through MSN and ICQ. And even if I do reveal my identity, there are a lot of times when no one believes me.”

― Jackie Shroff

“When I was a child, we always had wine on the table, no matter how simple the meal. The wine had no special identity; it was just ‘the wine,’ from the cellar cask. The rules were general: white with the first course, red with the main course.”

― Jacques Pepin

“I am French. I was born here, I live here and France is my cultural identity.”

― Jain

“A lot of our insights are based on the ways in which people spend time at museums. They’re curious, open, interested, and engaging. They want to express themselves and see their own identity refracted through the museum’s.”

― Jake Barton

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

― James Baldwin

“We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”

― James Comey

“All young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, need someone who’s got their back.”

― James Lecesne

“The Trevor Project is committed to providing all young people, regardless of sexual identity, the opportunity to be heard and the encouragement to be themselves.”

― James Lecesne

“Remote villages and communities have lost their identity, and their peace and charm have been sacrificed to that worst of abominations, the automobile.”

― James Norman Hall

“When we cultivate mystical awareness or transcendent identity – which is a natural outgrowth of meditation and other practices – what happens is that we begin to take a witness position on our own lives, and that includes our minds.”

― James Redfield

“As for my identity within the context of New York nightlife? I left in the ’90s, so I’m not part of the scene anymore. I’ll always be interested in what’s happening downtown, and I try and keep up with the changing faces on social media.”

― James St. James

“For rich children, it’d be very easy and convenient never to take any steps to build an identity outside of your association with your family’s wealth.”

― Jamie Johnson

“I hold strongly to my identity as a Chicago artist and want to do whatever I can to participate in creating a strong community here so that artists don’t feel pressure to move somewhere else to succeed.”

― Jamila Woods

“Tokyo – still – offers the most tightly integrated infrastructure, where smooth, technology-driven experiences take place when engaging in everyday actions, such as verifying personal identity, paying for goods, and buying tickets.”

― Jan Chipchase

“I seem to have been able to make a career out of doing what I feel like doing, so why not keep doing it? What’s corrupting is wanting to be more important. You want to be more arty – you get your identity from that. Or you get your identity out of making more money.”

― Jane Campion

“We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.”

― Jane Elliot

“Living here in Cambridge, you had to have an identity. It was not enough to be a wife. So I did a Ph.D. in medieval Spanish poetry.”

― Jane Hawking

“In a sense, I am achieving what I set out to do – to devote myself to Stephen, to give him the chance of fulfilling his genius. But what have I become in the process? Who am I? What is there left of me? I am beginning to doubt my own identity.”

― Jane Hawking

“Sports journalism is in the midst of an identity crisis so profound that we no longer know whether we’re made up of one word or two.”

― Jane Leavy

“In many ways, being honest about ‘Huckleberry Finn’ goes right to the heart of whether we can be honest about our heritage and our identity as Americans.”

― Jane Smiley

“We cannot consume our way into personal growth. Yet, millions of us have bought into this cynical concept of faux identity.”

― Jane Velez-Mitchell

“I think about Ellen DeGeneres, seeing her every single day on a show. Her identity is there every day, but what leads the way is her talent and how much you like her.”

― Janet Mock

“I don’t feel as if I’m typecast – like any writer, the difficulty is that one facet of my identity becomes louder, obscuring the fact that I’m also a woman, a writer, a lover of pop culture and other things.”

― Janet Mock

“I love my father, but I have worked to develop a separate and distinct identity in different projects I have worked on.”

― Jared Kushner

“No American should have to live in constant fear that their employer can fire them just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

― Jared Polis

“When you have a global mush, people lose their identity, they become pseudonyms, they have no investment and no consequence in what they do.”

― Jaron Lanier

“Starting at age 10, my personality and my identity all stemmed from employment. I had a set to be at. I was a certain way with the cameraman, a certain way with the makeup lady – a normal, routine environment.”

― Jason Bateman

“Tons of musicians who I love are imprisoned by their identity. That can be totally fine because they are so amazing in their technique, but for me, I’m a little too restless for that.”

― Jason Moran

“The idea of the mask in any scenario has always fascinated me. Not only does it protect identity, it also allows one to hide.”

― Jason Reynolds

“To me, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and my identity is of a suburban Chicago person. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m Indian.’ I’m not. I’m American.”

― Jay Chandrasekhar

“I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me.”

― Jay London

“Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.”

― Jean Baudrillard

“Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity.”

― Jean Charest

“No one anticipates divorce when they’re exchanging vows, and it can be devastating emotionally and financially. To ease the financial side of the blow, you need to maintain your financial identity in your relationship. That means having your own credit history – you need your own credit card – and your own savings and retirement accounts.”

― Jean Chatzky

“If you meet a woman in a burqa, she can’t reply to your smile. It’s a denial of identity.”

― Jean-Francois Cope

“I don’t like the idea that one hotel could be better than another. In any city, I try to find a hotel that has the identity of that place – Claridge’s in London, the Danieli or Cipriani in Venice. In New York, I stay at the Mercer Hotel; it is so much in the character of SoHo.”

― Jean Nouvel

“And we should be a welcoming nation. Our identity is not based on race or ethnicity, it’s based on a set of shared values. That’s American citizenship.”

― Jeb Bush

“Florida is a place of unparalleled diversity of backgrounds, experiences and vision. It makes our culture unique, but it can also make it difficult to define a common identity and create a sense of community that reaches beyond our neighborhoods to all corners of our state.”

― Jeb Bush

“I write what I call precinct drama, and I tend to write things set in the workplace. Having an institution which gives a workplace its distinctive identity is really important to creating something which feels different.”

― Jed Mercurio

“In my early shows, I wanted to put myself through a new childhood, disintegrating my whole identity to let the real one emerge.”

― Jeff Buckley

“To be able to always have a super sense of who I was and my own real identity and be petty and seem informed and always thinking in thoughts would be great.”

― Jeff Goldblum

“My life is pretty ordinary in so many ways. I live in a town called Plainville. I have the life of an average dad. It feels like I have this secret identity as an author, and it’s still very surreal to me.”

― Jeff Kinney

“Republicans do not believe in identity politics.”

― Jeff Sessions

“In America, mixed-race identity tends to invite both curiosity and suspicion, largely because few have found a way to interrogate it without centering whiteness as the scale by which to evaluate blackness.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I always think about race as a part of one’s identity, not the whole of one’s identity. You don’t want it to be the defining characteristic of a character. There has to be more.”

― Jenny Han

“I feel our brides are empowered women who know what they want and have a strong sense of their identity. Obviously, they love fashion and glamour.”

― Jenny Packham

“It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world’s surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity.”

― Jenny Shipley

“Michael Derrick Hudson is not the first person to slip into the identity of a person of color to give himself some perceived advantage. He can slip back into his life and not walk around in this world as a person of color who endures racism.”

― Jenny Zhang

“Consumers do not want a perceived cheap car; they want a car to flaunt. A car is as much about status and identity as it is about transport.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“I believe we need to lay race theories to rest: Democracy – and identity – is difficult enough without ‘scientific’ obfuscation.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“There’s all these proofs that go on of identity, of records, and they’re quite non-digital. The blockchain innovation really allows us to take everything where there’s record keeping, everything where there’s trust around record keeping, and it allows us to make that digital, immutable, permanent, and global.”

― Jeremy Allaire

“You look at Superman, the story of an orphan coming to America, keeping his identity secret and even the names, Kal-El and Jor-El, you can trace lines to the background of the creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both Jewish. Overall, there was a remarkable confluence of events that led to the medium and the Jewish participation.”

― Jerry Robinson

“I don’t know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up.”

― Jessica Hagedorn

“My identity is linked to my grandmother, who’s pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that’s how I identify.”

― Jessica Hagedorn

“Getting up and having the courage to share with people, all people, and even just being asked to sing, first of all, that’s all part of how I express my identity.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece – just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“The reactions haven’t differed; the concerns have been different. When I read for a predominantly Indian audience, there are more questions that are based on issues of identity and representation.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“Identity has been such an explosive territory for me… so hard, so painful at times.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“Language and identity are so fundamentally intertwined. You peel back all the layers in terms of what we wear and what we eat and all the things that mark us, and in the end, what we have are our words.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“I’m not trying to be flippant here, but I just play the guitar, don’t I? That is my characteristic, and it’s my identity as you hear it.”

― Jimmy Page

“In some ways the fact that you are sometimes confronted with people who have such an opposite view to you on certain issues in many ways reinforces that identity that you have.”

― Jo Swinson

“When we really start searching for the truth in stories, we can find it everywhere, not just in sincere confessions but in the deliberate lies and imagined possibilities, the magic and fantasy, and all the other unreal elements that go into the concoction of identity.”

― Joanna Scott

“I have an English identity and a French identity. When I’m in France, I’m more outgoing. And the French part of me cooks, whereas the English part of me writes.”

― Joanne Harris

“I don’t direct so that I can have an identity and so I can go on to CGI movies. I had a big identity as an actor, and that’s not what I’m looking for from directing. Directing is a whole different goal.”

― Jodie Foster

“We could not have launched Causes without Facebook Platform, providing real identity and real friends. Facebook Platform was created so that experiences that are inherently social in our off-line lives could be brought online as an authentic expression of who we are; Facebook did this best in revolutionizing photo sharing.”

― Joe Green

“Facebook is developing, and so are we. Timeline is a big step in the evolution of how we manage our identity online – and it’s going to make a huge difference to Causes. You are building a monument to yourself and the things that are important to you.”

― Joe Green

“With a character called Captain , you have to address the concept of who he is because his identity is tied to his country.”

― Joe Russo

“The romance of English football is fantastic, but it has lost its identity under the influence of other cultures.”

― Johan Cruyff

“I don’t know if there is a personal identity. We all imagine that we are absolute individuals. But when we begin to look for where this individuality resides, it’s very difficult to find.”

― John Banville

“When you use Facebook, you’re always logged in, and your identity and relationships – to others, to content, to apps and services – are assets Facebook can use to customize your experience (oh, and your ads).”

― John Battelle

“The ‘old’ Internet is shrinking and being replaced by walled gardens over which Google’s crawlers can’t climb. Sure, Google can crawl Facebook’s ‘public pages,’ but those represent a tiny fraction of the ‘pages’ on Faceboo, and are not informed by the crucial signals of identity and relationship which give those pages meaning.”

― John Battelle

“For a bird, especially for the more musically inventive, song is the defining characteristic, the primary way by which it knows itself and is known by others. To lose its species song is to lose not just its identity but some part of its presence in the world.”

― John Burnside

“Coming out as a gay man, it was very much about finding my own identity and dealing with labeling.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“There’s this large trend – I think the next trend in the Web, sort of Web 2.0 – which is to have users really express, offer, and market their own content, their own persona, their identity.”

― John Doerr

“I think The Czars had an identity crisis, as we were five guys pulling in different musical directions.”

― John Grant

“It is particularly pleasing to see how purely basic research, originally aimed at testing the genetic identity of different cell types in the body, has turned out to have clear human health prospects.”

― John Gurdon

“There were two mentalities, and both mentalities had to change. There was what I called the Afrikaner mind set of the Unionist politicians, which was holding all power in their own hands, and discriminating, and their objective was to protect their identity.”

― John Hume

“Therefore they should come to the table and reach an agreement that would protect their identity.”

― John Hume

“In the ’60s – and right up to the present day – the identity of a member of the British Secret Services was and is, quite rightly, a state secret. To divulge it is a crime. The Services may choose to leak a name when it pleases them.”

― John le Carre

“I grew up with art from the innocent age of ten – with art, but with no sense of identity.”

― John Lone

“During intervals of humanity, some disposition has been manifested to permit the return of those who have never offended, who have been banished by a terror which the government itself has reprobated, & to permit in case of arrestation, an investigation of the fact of emigration as well as of the identity of the person accus’d.”

― John Marshall

“Depriving the oppressed of a beacon of hope could lose us the world we have built and thrived in. It could cost our reputation in history as the nation distinct from all others in our achievements, our identity, and our enduring influence on mankind. Our values are central to all three.”

― John McCain

“Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.”

― John McGahern

“One thing I really like about ‘Lucha’ is it breaks traditions. It’s established it’s own identity and a world where the character can be darker, multilayered, even supernatural at times.”

― John Morrison

“I was sure we would never see the adoption of the Euro. Countries giving up their currencies for a common tender was, it seemed to me, completely out of tune with currency being a carrier of people’s cultural identity, celebrating national heroes and events, as it had been for hundreds of years.”

― John Naisbitt

“I find it difficult to believe that Redditors don’t understand that anonymity online is merely a facade; indeed, it’s probably one of the reasons that revealing the identity of pseudonymous Redditors is looked on as such a huge betrayal.”

― John Scalzi

“Southerners are also like ethnic groups in that they have a sense of group identity.”

― John Shelton Reed

“The whole point is to take from our native culture and from contemporary culture without using one art form to mimic the other, so that our native identity remains the native identity, the contemporary identity remains the contemporary identity, and the mixing of these two musical identities creates a third musical identity.”

― John Trudell

“For decades, my identity was political, but I’ve come to understand that there’s no political solution when you’re dealing with someone else’s rules.”

― John Trudell

“For some of us, books are intrinsic to our sense of personal identity.”

― John Updike

“With the Larry Bertlemann portrait, I started with a photograph that I could use for it. I built the drawing’s identity to serve as a graphic identity. After a number of sketches, I went into my own abstract vernacular of drawn lines and shapes to create the composition for the poster design.”

― John Van Hamersveld

“I came to the realization that I’m a child of God, and that’s my identity. If this all goes tomorrow, I don’t have the proverbial rug under me that can be pulled out. I’m taken care of, and there’s someone who loves me.”

― Jon Bellion

“I don’t have the identity of any of them. I only had the nicks that they used on Internet Relay Chat.”

― Jon Johansen

“Attacks on a politician’s identity – questioning Romney’s religion, say, or Obama’s birthplace – tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can’t sell himself.”

― Jon Meacham

“If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one’s sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one’s identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow.”

― Jon Meacham

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it’s rarely driving the car.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“In high school I became a vegetarian more times than I can now remember, most often as an effort to claim some identity in a world of people whose identities seemed to come effortlessly.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“I think social networking is absolutely here to stay. Now, whether or not the label will Facebook forever, depends in part, I think, on whether Facebook wants to try to be less proprietary, be more central to the operation of defining and stewarding identity online.”

― Jonathan Zittrain

“I’m so comfortable in my identity as a wrestler that if I never fought, it would never bother me one bit.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“Part of the core information that I’ve been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don’t play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let’s say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they’re equally dangerous.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Kathleen Wynne and her band of radical-left cronies think they have a handle on what constitutes human identity and also what should constitute human morality. And I think that that’s being pushed in a manner in schools that’s completely reprehensible. It’s not education, in my estimation. It’s a form of indoctrination.”

― Jordan Peterson

“I’ve been uncomfortable dealing with my identity since I was 16 years old.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“For the duration of its collective life, or the time during which its identity may be assumed, each class resembles a hotel or an omnibus, always full, but always of different people.”

― Joseph A. Schumpeter

“I was not a very popular kid in high school, and I had this idea that the way that I dressed would change how liked I was. It was that kind of Pygmalion story. I think, ultimately that’s probably why I became interested in fashion, its transformative power, and how it can change your identity.”

― Joseph Altuzarra

“I mean, movies in general tend to sort of portray time, space and identity as these very solid things. Time moves forward. Space is what it is. You are you, and you’re always you.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“One of the great pluses of being an immigrant is you get to start again in terms of your identity. You get to shed the narratives which cling to you.”

― Joseph O’Neill

“Melissa McCarthy just opened this new movie, ‘Identity Thief,’ and Rex Reed, who’s a known critic, wrote a scathing commentary on her weight. I think that weight designation is one of the last frontiers of bullying. I don’t know what the right ‘ism’ for it is, but I think that there’s a level of that that’s happening that’s certainly not okay.”

― Josh Gad

“As an actor, you’re always playing different people, so you yourself are always kind of going through an identity crisis.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“I’m right at a time when I’m strongly finding my identity inside of my work.”

― Josh Lucas

“I wonder if some artists determine their entire identity through that which they create. How dangerous! Imagine if they were to stop creating!”

― Josh Malerman

“Without work, so much of one’s identity just evaporates.”

― Joshua Ferris

“Everyone desires relationships and community. Most people want to belong to a cohesive, like-minded group. It staves off loneliness. It promotes identity. These are natural and very human instincts.”

― Joshua Ferris

“I am not the paraplegic seated permanently in his chair or the able-bodied person on her feet. Identity for a hemiplegic is a shifty thing.”

― Joshua Prager

“I’m happy to be a part of this new generation where people don’t care where you come from, what your orientation is, or what your identity is. They just accept you for you.”

― Josie Totah

“I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female.”

― Josie Totah

“I want to continue to use my platform to tell my story to let young people that are struggling with their sexuality or identity know they are not alone, and it will get better.”

― Josie Totah

“You manifest based on who you are already – so you must own the identity of the dream in order to manifest it.”

― Joy Page

“President Barack Obama read to a certain portion of white America as an unending attack on white Christian identity, centrality and cultural relevance. In their minds, he was seeking to end their right to bear arms and the right of conservatives to speak freely.”

― Joy Reid

“Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country.”

― Juan Goytisolo

“There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.”

― Judith Butler

“You only trust those who are absolutely like yourself, those who have signed a pledge of allegiance to this particular identity.”

― Judith Butler

“We always had a sense that we were the underdog. There’s lots of competition and niche players. But we have every type of event on Eventbrite, whether you’re a consumer or you’re organizing a bacon festival. Our identity is our users.”

― Julia Hartz

“What does it mean to a person whose identity is very wrapped up in the music she makes, if her worth is measured by how many records she sells?”

― Juliana Hatfield

“I didn’t know other children from divorced families, and I was a bit of a lost soul for a while. Then suddenly, I was performing. And it gave me an identity.”

― Julie Andrews

“Too many women throw themselves into romance because they’re afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won’t do that.”

― Julie Delpy

“When I became my masked identity I was this incredible little nerd, but in the real world I had to be this tough kid from the neighborhood.”

― Junot Diaz

“I think there’s something really painful about your identity being entirely composed of ghosts. For me, I didn’t want to be this kid whose Dominicanness was something caught utterly in the past, is an abstraction, the thing that I write about. Instead I wanted it to be, first and foremost, a thing that I lived.”

― Junot Diaz

“It’s not very exciting to go to work to just have your character’s identity being defined by her relationship with her male counterparts.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“You can’t get along in society without an identity.”

― Justin Simien

“I think unless we have an honest conversation about race and identity in this country, we’re never going to get anywhere.”

― Justin Simien

“Hip-hop isn’t dead by any means, but it’s not something I define my black identity with.”

― Justin Simien

“I don’t doubt that straight white men have identity issues and identity complexes and struggle with defining themselves.”

― Justin Simien

“I think we all have identity crises throughout our lives.”

― Justin Simien

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t in bands, and had really no intention of ever doing music. I went out to California for college, and kind of on a whim started making music really as a joke, and over the course of the next five years started playing a lot of shows, and music became this really integral part of my identity.”

― K. Flay

“To embrace Hindutva is to embrace an obscurantist, backward looking, divisive ideology that seeks to polarise society through identity politics.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don’t want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.”

― Karen Armstrong

“We are addicted to our egotism, our likes and dislikes and prejudices, and depend upon them for our own sense of identity.”

― Karen Armstrong

“I have my own marketing company, Always Civil, where I help artists create their online identity. I have worked with Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Pusha T – the list goes on.”

― Karen Civil

“It is very difficult for us to establish identity in films. It is not easy to break through your stereotype image from television and form a new identity on the big screen.”

― Karishma Tanna

“I’m slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility.”

― Kate Millett

“I’ve had a very full and lovely career so far, and I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever really found myself in a man’s world, struggling for an identity or trying to prove something.”

― Kate Winslet

“Muslim women deplore misogyny just as western women do, and they know that Islamic societies also oppress them; why wouldn’t they? But liberation, for them does not encompass destroying their identity, religion, or culture, and many of them want to retain the veil.”

― Katharine Viner

“I feel it is important not to get overly obsessed and overly carried away with just the physical aspect. There is more to beauty than just the physical appearance. You are also a complete person, and a woman should have an identity beyond just the way she looks.”

― Katrina Kaif

“I never let the media dictate my identity, so the fact that I’m a size 14 or a size 2 or a size 8 or a size 4, I kind of rock and roll. It doesn’t matter to me.”

― Katy Mixon

“My whole thing with the whole weight situation is – it is what it is. It’s never been my identity.”

― Katy Mixon

“There are all sorts of ways you can take somebody’s identity or change your own, and a million things you can do with it once you have. It’s quite incredible.”

― Keeley Hawes

“The performance of black American identity feels very different from actually living in a black body. There’s a dissonance between inside and outside.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“When you know who you are as an artist and you have your own identity and got it figured out it helps you know what to write about.”

― Keifer Thompson

“My faith and my identity as a Muslim – I never saw it as something that made my job harder. It’s just an aspect of who I am.”

― Keith Ellison

“The same time I’m designing my collection, I’m also designing my store. It has to have brand awareness, an identity. I’m also designing the racks and the hangers, and juggling a lot of things.”

― Kelly Wearstler

“Each and every Notary Public plays a crucial role in combating identity theft. They serve as our front line of defense and the public is safer because of the job they do.”

― Ken Salazar

“My identity and my background still remain with me when I go to a foreign country. I have kept my nationality.”

― Ken Watanabe

“As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work, I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that… That may be the hardest thing for a writer, at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is.”

― Kenneth Koch

“Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual.”

― Kenneth L. Pike

“With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity – and never a clique.”

― Kenneth Noland

“When I was 13 and looking for my identity, I was obsessed with hippies.”

― Kerli

“Our people are willing to work with the government on new technologies. Now, it’s a habit; every Estonian looks at it as part of our national identity. We understand that this allows us to provide better services to our people than our money would allow.”

― Kersti Kaljulaid

“For my wife and I, for so many years, a lot of our identity was based on being Hollywood haters. We were like, ‘We’re east-coast. We’re New Yorkers. This is just a place that we have to come to, but not by choice.’”

― Kevin Bacon

“Bruce Wayne is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human.”

― Kevin Conroy

“One of the central motivations for holiness in the New Testament is to be who you are, to understand your identity and your union in Christ and to live that way.”

― Kevin DeYoung

“As a child, I didn’t even realize I was Chinese. I was Singaporean, but my identity was wrapped up in the culture I was experiencing every day.”

― Kevin Kwan

“When somebody asks for a favor involving information, if you don’t know him or can’t verify his identity, just say no.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“Grunge gave me a sense of identity, and I remember really associating with ‘Silverchair,’ who were these chilled-out Australian teenagers. The fact that they were teenagers was a big deal for me. It was like, ‘Oh, man, you don’t have to be a 30-year-old to do this.’”

― Kevin Parker

“My personal life, my musical life, my life as an artist – almost everything has pointed all these little arrows that make up which way I go as a person and what I feel comfortable as my identity.”

― Kevin Parker

“For the black author, and even the ex-slave narrator, creativity has often lain with the lie – forging an identity, ‘making’ one, but ‘lying’ about one, too.”

― Kevin Young

“I don’t care if you marry someone who works at the grocery store or someone who is a director of a company; everyone should have their own identity.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I never felt like I had anything really figured out. When I was a teenager, it was all about teenagers having an ‘identity crisis.’ That was the phrase that was used. But in my early 20s, I was still like, ‘When am I going to be over that?’”

― Kim Gordon

“A lot of people think that intersectionality is only about identity. But it’s also about how race and gender are structured in particular workforces.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“I’m not surprised, but I am disappointed that Katharine Carr Esters claims that she was ‘tricked’ into divulging her true feelings about Oprah and that she now denies that she revealed to me the identity of Oprah’s biological father.”

― Kitty Kelley

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution can compromise humanity’s traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared destiny. The choice is ours.”

― Klaus Schwab

“Environmental pollution, terrorism, and many other global threats do not stop at borders. We all bear global responsibility and thus need a global identity to enable us to cope with them. We must learn to integrate different levels of identity in ourselves. What matters is not either/or, but both/and.”

― Klaus Schwab

“I do not deny my German identity. But I also feel Swiss. Of my eight great-grandparents, seven were born Swiss. I have been living in Switzerland for more than 50 years.”

― Klaus Schwab

“There’s an identity thing that goes on where you spend so much time caring for your child that, after a year or so, you have to shake it off and go, ‘Who am I?’”

― Kristian Bush

“Self-management and self-control are the keys to advanced knowledge, and both are difficult to learn without a sense of your own cultural identity.”

― KRS-One

“Each driver has their own identity and from one week to another, normally it stays the same.”

― Kurt Busch

“I don’t blame the average seventeen-year-old punk-rock kid for calling me a sellout. I understand that. And maybe when they grow up a little bit, they’ll realize there’s more things to life than living out your rock & roll identity so righteously.”

― Kurt Cobain

“It’s true that I run a multi-national group but I have no interests in India. So please tell me, what should my identity be?”

― Lakshmi Mittal

“We don’t use the trademark to market anything. It’s our identity.”

― Larry Harvey

“It’s not easy to craft a novel that gradually erodes the reader’s comprehension of the world, of reality and identity and the passage of time.”

― Laura van den Berg

“When I first left Florida for Boston, I was so eager to shed my Floridian identity, perhaps some of my earlier surreal gestures felt hollow and unconvincing because they were not rising from the particular brand of the uncanny I knew best.”

― Laura van den Berg

“To me, in general, something that’s really rich in terms of identity about transit spaces is that they’re so intimate. Especially thinking about long international flights when we’re trying to sleep on the plane – we’re total strangers, but we’re sleeping next to each other.”

― Laura van den Berg

“You have to know your identity. It’s the biggest thing in wanting to pursue creative dreams.”

― Lauren Daigle

“The identity that I knew was completely stripped of me. I hid, and I hated life; I hated everything. The sun would bother me.”

― Lauren Wasser

“It’s bad timing, but a lot of kids become teenagers just as their parents are hitting their mid-life crisis. So everybody’s miserable and confused and seeking that new sense of identity.”

― Laurie Halse Anderson

“I’ve been through so many different phases, partly because I moved around so much. I never found my identity based on where I was from. It was always pick up and explore something else.”

― Lauv

“I don’t know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don’t want anybody to know my identity. I’m like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.”

― LeBron James

“Your identity is not wrapped up in how right you get it or how perfect you can posture yourself. But, your identity is wrapped up in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

― Lecrae

“As we wrestle with questions of identity, we imitate those actions we think best fill an ambiguity we have within ourselves. And that goes for everyone; no one is free from this condition.”

― Lecrae

“North Korea is still my homeland, my country. I suffered on the outside because I was alien, without identity. I was nobody. I was in the worst situation, fighting for everything, to survive.”

― Lee Hyeon-seo

“I want an identity outside of my work.”

― Leighton Meester

“I’m concerned that Islam has not just been politicised but that it’s becoming an identity. This is like turning religion into a football match; it’s a distraction from the real thing.”

― Leila Aboulela

“I, too, am interested in identity and Islam, which is what people expect of us. But one must not write what is expected. It’s important for North African writers to show they have other things to say.”

― Leila Slimani

“I want to say that I can be Moroccan and speak about someone without speaking about his nationality. Because, you know, I have the feeling that when you come from Morocco, when you come from Afghanistan, when you come from Africa, Occidental people always wait for you to write a novel about identity.”

― Leila Slimani

“I did imitations of anyone who came to my parents’ house, and that was my identity at school – if there were ten minutes to lunch, and the teacher was done with the lesson, he’d say, ‘Okay, Leo, get up there and do something.’”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“I changed my name when I was 13. I don’t know why but it made sense at the time. I wanted another identity. I wanted to reinvent myself.”

― Leos Carax

“Rebuilding a network is a slow, brick-by-brick process. It’s not just creating a hit show – it’s building shows to back up that hit show; it’s creating an identity of success so that people want their shows on your network.”

― Leslie Moonves

“I’ve always had this identity thing. When I was little, I was always changing my handwriting because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best.”

― Lianne La Havas

“Food is culture. Food is an identity, a footprint of who you are.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“Match the right food to the right occasion. Think about what you are celebrating. If you are honoring people, what are their favorite foods? If it is a holiday, what is the food for it? When you give an identity to the party, people appreciate that.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“America has many cultures which makes it great, but it’s difficult to create one strong identity.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“Much of how Americans have always understood their history, culture, and identity depends on positioning Europe as the ‘other,’ as that ‘old world’ against which they define themselves.”

― Linda Colley

“For the left-leaning, political identity is liable to be closely intertwined with personal identity. The left is collusive, if not presumptuous: should you get on well with leftists at a party, they will blithely assume that you share the same views on the invasion of Iraq, even if all you’ve talked about is the canapes.”

― Lionel Shriver

“I don’t feel like my films are about gender; they are about identity – but a different slant on identity.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“Your brand is your public identity, what you’re trusted for. And for your brand to endure, it has to be tested, redefined, managed, and expanded as markets evolve. Brands either learn or disappear.”

― Lisa Gansky

“I knew an actor’s career goes up and down and back up again. Your standing in this business can’t be your whole identity; otherwise, you’re doomed.”

― Lisa Kudrow

“My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn’t have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it’s sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I’m social, frankly.”

― Liz Phair

“Young kids don’t have their identity, so everything is so important. Now I’m mature. I know who I am and I know what my thing is and I know what I’m bringing. It’s very clear and defined.”

― Liz Phair

“I don’t wanna abandon my identity as LL Cool J, but at the same time, I had to figure out how to let people know that I’m really serious about making these movies.”

― LL Cool J

“People forget who they are; they always remain with an identity which is not the real self. It is just a projected self which does not exist, but they identify with this projected self appearance.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“We live in a society that wants to label you with a color, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity. It divides us, but it also allows us to find pride in our identity.”

― Logan Browning

“The building’s identity resided in the ornament.”

― Louis Sullivan

“I live on the margin of just about everything. I’m a marginal person, and I think that is where I’ve become comfortable. I’m marginally there in my native life. I can do as much as I can, but I’m always German, too, you know, and I’m always a mother. That’s my first identity, but I’m always a writer, too.”

― Louise Erdrich

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.”

― Louise Fresco

“You don’t have to make something in order to retain your identity as an artist or a writer or a creative person. A lot of people think they have to be producing in order to maintain that identity.”

― Lucy Dacus

“A wife should no more take her husband’s name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.”

― Lucy Stone

“I have often said I come from a family of unreliable narrators. I tend to believe their struggles with racism, identity, nationality do dovetail with my motivation to write.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“Mr. Speaker, Americans want, need, and rightfully expect Congress to protect them from the prying eyes of identity thieves and give them back control of their Social Security numbers and personal health information.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one’s identity by falling in love.”

― Lukas Foss

“What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one’s own culture.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“In my career, I’ve really wanted to sort of be a morpher and not show my own identity.”

― Lynn Collins

“I am proud to state that every national Jewish organization we support enforces non-discrimination practices around sexual orientation and that more than 70 percent have written policies in place covering gender identity and expression.”

― Lynn Schusterman

“My identity comprises of more than just my faith. I am a proud Muslim, but I am also a liberal, a Briton, a Pakistani, a Londoner, a father, a product of the globalised world who speaks English, Arabic and Urdu.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“I really didn’t grow up religious, and I didn’t grow up acknowledging my Muslim identity. For me, I was a British Pakistani.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“My upbringing was completely liberal from the start. In fact, I didn’t even have a Muslim identity.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“Not all Muslims wish to express themselves in public through a communal religious identity. Identities are multiple, and some may wish to speak instead just as citizens in their professional capacity, through their political party, or their neighborhood body.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“In the United Kingdom, we need to promote an inclusive British identity that involves and empowers people from all ethnic and faith backgrounds.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“Growing up, I was confused about my identity: I felt like I wasn’t black enough to be black, but not white enough to be white.”

― Mabel

“Wimbledon 2014 will be my last slam. To be honest, I am already starting to miss professional tennis, having played at the highest level for two decades. It is what has given me my identity, and I will miss every bit of the action. The thought that I will not be playing anymore is daunting.”

― Mahesh Bhupathi

“The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.”

― Mahmoud Darwish

“The identity of Studio Ghibli movies are how the characters move. They move like live, real people.”

― Makoto Shinkai

“I don’t cover my face because I want to show my identity.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“Countless religious innovators over the years have played the game of establishing an identity for themselves by accentuating their otherness.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“We don’t need a nation that has national identity cards.”

― Malcolm Wallop

“You talked about national identity cards and the terrorism bill. We have made a government that has grown used to viewing us as subjects, has grown used to seeing its role as commanding us.”

― Malcolm Wallop

“I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene.”

― Marc Ribot

“When you don’t inherit an identity you have to define it on your own.”

― Marc Webb

“I usually start from the most general to the more specific. I’ll get an emotional overview for the film as a whole, trying to pinpoint what the musical identity is and come up with thematic ideas – any ideas that identify as succinctly as possible what the film is.”

― Marco Beltrami

“I think of each movie as a puzzle. The fun is in solving the puzzle: finding a musical identity for the picture, however that can be summed up.”

― Marco Beltrami

“2010 is not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats. 2010 is not just a choice between liberals and conservatives. 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation.”

― Marco Rubio

“Between the ages of six and nine, my palette was taking shape as well as my identity as a chef. It was then that I learned the difference between salty, sweet, sour and even spicy.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“Everyone reads Harper Lee personally. For me, ‘Mockingbird’ was about admitting my own hyphenated identity – about loving and hating my world, about both belonging and not belonging to the community I came from.”

― Margaret Stohl

“Who, adult or child, is Michael Jackson truly close to? What and who is he trying to flee? What’s the nature of the psychic damage he has so clearly sustained? I suspect his racial identity is more a byproduct of that damage than the primal cause.”

― Margo Jefferson

“Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity.”

― Maria Sharapova

“I was happy being a journalist. I didn’t realize losing my job, my identity went with it.”

― Maria Shriver

“As you get older, you realise that your identity becomes more important – the environment in which you have grown is actually part of who you are just as much as your family or your school.”

― Marianne Elliott

“The Western world is having an identity crisis.”

― Marianne Williamson

“I was married to someone who wanted me to change. Become more adult, more responsible. I began not to like myself, not like what I do. I lost my identity. Everything began collapsing around me.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I’ve always been interested in how fast-moving our identity is and that I’ve never been able to pin down who I truly am. That inspires me to write, because I feel like that cements me a bit, in that I find my identity in being an artist.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“I keep wondering who defends Quebec identity: who defends sovereignty, the right of the people to express themselves freely.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Loving the country, wanting to preserve the culture and identity – protecting the interests of the Americans in America, of the French in France, of the Israelis in Israel – seems to me perfectly legitimate.”

― Marine Le Pen

“When a country loses its identity, it no longer knows what it is or where it comes from and what its real worth is. So it dissolves.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Without any action, this migratory influx will be like the barbarian invasion of the 4th century, and the consequences will be the same. We must immediately stop this madness to safeguard our social pact, freedom, and identity.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I think everybody, or the great majority of human beings, have this aspiration to become other: to live a different identity, at least for a while.”

― Mario Vargas Llosa

“When Facebook was getting started, nothing used real identity – everything was anonymous or pseudonymous – and I thought that real identity should play a bigger part than it did.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“You can use your real identity, or you can use phone numbers for something like WhatsApp, and pseudonyms for something like Instagram. But in any of those you’re not just sharing and consuming content, you are also building relationships with people and building an understanding of people.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“One of the things that we’re trying to do with Creative Labs and all our experiences is explore things that aren’t all tied to Facebook identity. Some things will be, but not everything will have to be, because there are some sets of experiences that are just better with other identities.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“To me, the most interesting part of ‘True Blood’ is that the entire crux of the show is based on identity and finding your true identity.”

― Marshall Allman

“Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“The great thing about the story of ‘Twilight’, or the story of ‘I Am Number Four’ is that you get to deal with real issues of identity and what people are going through and the choice of who you’re going to be, but it’s all large.”

― Marti Noxon

“I personally really sympathise with the Maori cause – what’s gone on historically and their struggle today as a culture, and how they hold on to that identity and stand up for what’s rightfully theirs.”

― Martin Henderson

“There are a host of ethnic minorities in China, but they often have a weak sense of identity and are relatively small in total number. History has taught the Han that other groups will and should ultimately be absorbed and assimilated as Han. There is a belief that the Han enjoy a superior and far more advanced culture.”

― Martin Jacques

“The appeal of perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity.”

― Mary Gaitskill

“It’s challenging to find an identity as a young person if you don’t have the sustenance of love, because you’re being shipped around.”

― Mary J. Blige

“I’m learning how to keep my identity and personal life sacred. It’s a matter of knowing my limits. I don’t have to give everything that’s asked of me.”

― Mary Lambert

“Often we lose our identity trying to please or placate others.”

― Mary Manin Morrissey

“Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a ‘work’ of man.”

― Mary McCarthy

“When we tour, there’s always this unique quality to every town you visit… Touring, you get a sense of a collective identity for different cities. That’s one of the things I love about my job.”

― Mat Kearney

“After that I couldn’t show my face outside. I lost my identity and balance. I was still living with my parents, and they were my only friends. For so many people, this thing with the nurse was confirmation that I must be mad or mentally ill.”

― Mathias Rust

“Right before ‘The Bourne Identity’ came out, I hadn’t been offered a movie in a year.”

― Matt Damon

“Teenagers are philosophers. They are thinking about the big things like existence and identity at a time when their identities are changing so fast.”

― Matt Haig

“Since the end of the Cold War, America has been grasping left and right for an identity.”

― Matt Taibbi

“At school, everything was left v. right, communists and fascists; what interested me was the discussion of identity, autonomy, federalism, and community.”

― Matteo Salvini

“People want identity, security, and jobs.”

― Matteo Salvini

“The defense of our values and our identity requires regulation of the Islamic presence and Islamic organizations in Italy.”

― Matteo Salvini

“I’ve suffered from an identity crisis my entire life. It’s why I went into acting.”

― Matthew Rhys

“Identity is part of drama to me. Who am I, why am I behaving this way, and am I aware of it?”

― Matthew Weiner

“One of the challenges we set up for ‘Puscifer’ was to come up with a core identity and see how far we can push it.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I’d like to think life has improved since 1850, despite the long hours we all seem to spend slaving over hot computers, but the psychological journeys remain the same – the search for love, identity, a meaningful place in the world.”

― Meg Rosoff

“God can desire to enter into a relationship with us; he can be drawn to some aspect of our identity.”

― Meir Soloveichik

“Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation – especially in the suburbs.”

― Melissa Bean

“As part of my efforts to fight identity theft, I worked with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to strengthen consumer protection with a reasonable notification requirement.”

― Melissa Bean

“What people don’t get is that hair is such a big part of our identity.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“To me, at forty-four years old, my book was a search for truth and identity.”

― Melissa Gilbert

“I stay close to my identity – that’s something I find important – but I don’t completely shut myself off from the outside world.”

― Memphis Depay

“Society historically has a difficult time with the concept of something new and foreign that shakes up our comfortable views, especially if it involves the very volatile question of sexual identity.”

― Mercedes Ruehl

“I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father.”

― Michael Douglas

“I have two dream roles: One would be a biopic of someone I admire and respect and the other one would be some sort of action drama film similar to a ‘Bourne Identity.’ I just really want to do an intelligent action drama film.”

― Michael Ealy

“There is no conscious choice of heterosexual identity any more than there is a homosexual one. The last person in the world who wants to be homosexual, for the most part, are homosexuals.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“I think that Michael Jackson, just as an entertainer, as a figure who embodies the contradictions of black identity and the possibilities of R&B music in the ’70s and ’80s, will continue to be one of the most recognized and formidable human beings that we’ve ever produced in our tradition.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“When at the CIA, I was fond of saying that many jihadis join the movement for the same reasons that young Americans join the Crips and the Bloods: youthful alienation, the need to belong to something greater than self, the search for meaningful identity. But it also matters what gang you join.”

― Michael Hayden

“For years, I kept the two separate: Michael Horse the artist and Michael Horse the actor. I like the acting, but I’m an artist; that’s my identity.”

― Michael Horse

“When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British.”

― Michael King

“If I compared myself to my kids, they know everything, and they’re like small little hackers. I feel also that my identity can be stolen; I’m very paranoid about it compared to other people in the younger generation.”

― Michael Nyqvist

“You have to be true to your instinctive way of writing. You have to find your identity.”

― Michaela Coel

“When I grew up, my race was not a thing. My identity was in my class. It was not about colour on my estate.”

― Michaela Coel

“I am a criminal. Coming to terms with this aspect of my identity has helped me to see more clearly – with blinders off – the ways in which I have been encouraged not to feel any connection to ‘them,’ those labeled criminals. I see now that ‘they’ are me, and I am them.”

― Michelle Alexander

“As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I’ve been traveling.”

― Michelle Shocked

“National identity is something that’s directly connected to our personal experiences and the decisions we make, the roads we decide to take at certain points in our life.”

― Miguel Zenon

“Identity for me is something that has to be played with and explored, and not become complacent about or uninterested in.”

― Mika

“I was brought up in many different cultures, moving around all the time, and I find my identity in my songs. I project the identity I want to have throughout the songs that I write.”

― Mika

“My identity is based around being a writer. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion.”

― Mike Cernovich

“The alt-right has become about white identity politics. Obviously I’m not a white-identitarian, so the alt-right can do their thing.”

― Mike Cernovich

“Throwing off despotism and tyranny is our history and part of our national identity – something in which we can take incredible pride.”

― Mike Crapo

“I know for myself, and maybe I’m weird or whatever, but the whole thing is about constantly redefining identity.”

― Mike D

“It took me many years to understand that my identity is more Israeli than Jewish.”

― Mili Avital

“I never thought of myself as special or particularly good at anything. But once I started ballet, suddenly I had a new identity: prodigy.”

― Misty Copeland

“If I ever found a place where I belonged, that in itself would be an identity crisis to me.”

― Mitski

“I think my whole identity is formed around not knowing where I’m from. It might even be that I find comfort in that confusion.”

― Mitski

“In my first few years of being in New York, I had a major identity crisis because I’d never stayed in one place for so long.”

― Mitski

“I’ve realized that it’s important to stop trying to think I’m any one thing. People are confused as to their identity and try to cling to one aspect of that identity to describe what they are: American, Republican, Muslim. These are really incomplete.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Often, I think, displaced people imagine themselves leading double lives. So a portion of my identity has always been privately siphoned into what would have been if I had stayed in Wisconsin.”

― Mona Simpson

“When you come from a place and an identity, you can feel constricted and have to get away. But then you realise how much a part of you it is.”

― Morgan Neville

“’The Sound of Silk’ will serve as a lens for larger questions about cultural identity in a global society and the potential for individuals to act as catalysts for change.”

― Morgan Neville

“Like the ancient Silk Road itself, ‘The Sound of Silk’ will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world.”

― Morgan Neville

“I know it may sound silly, but I think my short stories have a life and identity of their own. They crop up in all sorts of places.”

― Morley Callaghan

“Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.”

― Morrissey

“If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity.”

― Morrissey

“With the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.”

― Morrissey

“A-ha is not me, Paul, or Magne: it is its own individual that has its own identity and characteristics. It is a result of a particular meeting point between the three of us.”

― Morten Harket

“My identity is always at the forefront, and I also think that every article that is written about me refers to me as an Israeli architect.”

― Moshe Safdie

“I want to change how people perceived me when I came over here, change how the people perceive South-East Asians or Middle Eastern or Muslim or Hindu or whatever their identity is. I want them to just let that go and treat the performer as a performer.”

― Mustafa Ali

“I have one identity, and that’s Israeli and Jewish. I don’t view myself as an American citizen.”

― Naftali Bennett

“Randall Park and Ali Wong, they are so many things; they’re not just one thing, they’re bigger than just their identity.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“The education ministry files suit every time there is a case of identity fraud.”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“My transactions are above board: I do not have money deposited in other accounts and have transparently declared all assets. My real wealth is, however, my experience as cofounder of Infosys and as Aadhar Chairman, which gave away 60,000 crore identity cards to people of India as promised.”

― Nandan Nilekani

“Claude Cahun is a fascinating artist – one of the few women to be part of the surrealist movement, she and her partner Suzanne Malherbe took on men’s names and made artworks that investigated female identity long before ‘The Second Sex’ or Cindy Sherman.”

― Naomi Alderman

“In a marketplace where it’s so easy to produce products, where your competitors can essentially match you on the product itself, you need to have something else. You need to have an added value, and that added value is the identity, the idea behind your brand.”

― Naomi Klein

“Most urgently, women’s identity must be premised upon our ‘beauty’ so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air.”

― Naomi Wolf

“I really feel sorry for new generation. It’s hard to find backbone. I never had crisis of identity. But I think many Americans have it.”

― Natalia Makarova

“I was determined to create my own identity. My first hits, in fact, were straight-up rhythm and blues. My voice was compared to Aretha Franklin’s – though, for my money, no one compares to Aretha.”

― Natalie Cole

“It’s fascinating how much of our sense of attractiveness and feminine identity is bound up in our hair.”

― Natalie Dormer

“Building a consistent experience and firm identity was instrumental in our ability to swiftly build our online presence, open four stores as well as a mobile store in a converted yellow school bus, and launch six shops-in-shops.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“In many ways, I think I’m still forming my ideas about my own identity in this world.”

― Neri Oxman

“It is only through hard work and awareness that we can truly own our identity.”

― Neri Oxman

“’Ek Hazaaron Mein’ turned out to be my identity, it made me Nia Sharma in the industry.”

― Nia Sharma

“The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities): the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive, with its identity.”

― Nicholas Mosley

“I never thought in a million years I’d be involved in a project that celebrated the fullness of my identity of being queer and Asian.”

― Nico Santos

“I don’t feel we need to be independent for me to feel confident in my Scottish identity. I think Scotland is pretty comfortable in its identity. We won’t need independence to preserve it… if we don’t become independent, it won’t disappear; it isn’t under existential threat.”

― Nicola Sturgeon

“I love acting but I don’t like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are preceving you.”

― Nicole Kidman

“The first thing that’s really important to understand, just when approaching the topic of transgender people, is that the sex you’re assigned with at birth is not the same as your gender identity.”

― Nicole Maines

“I’m not a fan of identity politics.”

― Nicolle Wallace

“As soon as you ‘Botox’ your smile lines away, you lose part of your identity.”

― Nigel Barker

“If you take away people’s identity and their ability through the ballot box to determine their future, don’t be surprised if they turn to extremes or violence or anything else.”

― Nigel Farage

“Branding is not merely about differentiating products; it is about striking emotional chords with consumers. It is about cultivating identity, attachment, and trust to inspire customer loyalty. Chinese brands score low on attributes such as ‘sophisticated,’ ‘desirable,’ ‘innovative,’ ‘friendly,’ and ‘trustworthy.’”

― Nirmalya Kumar

“Iraqi national identity under Saddam Hussein never truly incorporated Shiites or Kurds. Sunnis, who identified most closely with the Iraqi nation, remain in some ways disenfranchised relative to the other groups, or at least they perceive themselves that way.”

― Noah Feldman

“Every generation gets the Constitution that it deserves. As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity.”

― Noah Feldman

“’S.N.L.’ is the comedy establishment. Of course you want to go through that, because you want that stamp of approval. But it has its own identity, and our voices didn’t mesh for whatever reason – or they decided we didn’t belong.”

― Noel Wells

“’Nimona’ is about identity and if who you are is defined by what you look like. It’s not a book about body image at all, but I would be lying if I said that wasn’t in there even at the conception of it.”

― Noelle Stevenson

“The challenge for corporations, if offices were to become obsolete, is twofold. How will they be able to retain their distinct cultures? And how will they be able to ensure that all employees, wherever they work from, share a united identity and vision?”

― Noreena Hertz

“I think it’s the most wonderful thing in the world to have an identity, something the audience can remember you for.”

― Norm Crosby

“There is a real danger of the United Kingdom breaking up. There is a loss of common identity.”

― Norman Davies

“When you try to build an identity based on one idea, the easy part is to stick with the good things that you do.”

― Nuno Espirito Santo

“Own your identity. Love who you are in the world. Love your deafness.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“If I’d been born into a hearing family and went to a public school, I would have probably felt much more isolated, and being deaf would have become my identity.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“Since I knew my deaf identity since birth, it wasn’t hard for me to be comfortable, confident, and independent in a hearing world.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“Seriously, I don’t find not being able to hear an obstacle or a boundary. For me, and for many of us, it is an advantage, and it’s a part of my identity, in fact. It’s a huge part of who I am.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“Facebook has gone from a nice-and-boring social network to becoming an identity layer of the web. It is where nearly a billion people are depositing the artifacts of civilization in the 21st century – photos, videos, and birthday wishes.”

― Om Malik

“The American ‘unum’ has been lost since the Sixties. If this continues, there will soon be no unifying American identity and vision to balance the ‘pluribus,’ and the days of the Republic will be numbered.”

― Os Guinness

“I’m Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style.”

― Owen Hart

“Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule ‘We know no limits.’ We follow the inspiration of the moment and don’t worry if what we’re playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock.”

― Page McConnell

“By the time we enter this work world and we’re breadwinners, we enter a world that’s just cluttered with spam, fake, digital friends, partisan media, ingenious identity thieves, world-class Ponzi schemers – a deception epidemic.”

― Pamela Meyer

“Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity.”

― Park Chan-wook

“When I was living an almost mechanical lifestyle as an idol, I was constantly wrapped up in thoughts about who I was. That’s when I entered a phase in which I was trying to discover myself. Because I was able to get past that difficult phase, I now realize how important it is to protect myself and my identity.”

― Park Hyung-sik

“That balance between involvement and detachment is what novelists do. It’s the ideal relationship between a novelist and a character, I think, total involvement and identity and empathy, stopping short of being autobiographical – in my case, anyway – but also quite detached.”

― Pat Barker

“Many Muslims put their Islamic faith ahead of their national identity and forbid preachers from other religions from coming into their countries to convert their young. Apostasy is treason to Allah. Heresy has no rights.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Now I’m just known as McDreamy, I’ve lost all identity as Patrick Dempsey, I’m now McDreamy.”

― Patrick Dempsey

“Values can set a company apart from the competition by clarifying its identity and serving as a rallying point for employees. But coming up with strong values – and sticking to them – requires real guts.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“I’ve always had the wish, the nostalgia to be able to write detective novels. At heart, the principal themes of detective novels are close to the things that obsess me: disappearance, the problems of identity, amnesia, the return to an enigmatic past.”

― Patrick Modiano

“I must first be sure of the type of football that I want played in the long term. It’s up to me to build this identity.”

― Patrick Vieira

“For those looking outside-in, it’s not fair – or accurate – to assign someone an identity based off the first thing that we see.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“When folks say ‘identity politics’ don’t matter, it simply reinforces the norm of a white, middle-class, cis narrative and further marginalizes the rest of us who don’t share that identity.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“I think I lost my sense of identity when I was married. I know I did. And it took me a very long time to regain it and find out who I was.”

― Pattie Boyd

“While all doctors treat diseases, neurosurgeons’ work is the crucible of identity. Every operation on the brain is, by necessity, a manipulation of the substance of our selves.”

― Paul Kalanithi

“Before operating on a patient’s brain… I must first understand his mind: his identity, his values, what makes his life worth living, and what devastation makes it reasonable to let that life end.”

― Paul Kalanithi

“The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.”

― Paul Ricoeur

“Narrative identity takes part in the story’s movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder.”

― Paul Ricoeur

“When I first started writing songs, I looked around at the bands that were making it, and they all had the original material. Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Stones – everybody was writing their own songs. That’s the way that you established your own identity.”

― Paul Rodgers

“What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.”

― Paul Wellstone

“We all need a past – that’s where our sense of identity comes from.”

― Penelope Lively

“Your own material is your identity, and I think that’s what you need to stick to.”

― Peter Frampton

“Modern art, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to fraud. Its abstractions are sometimes difficult to understand or grasp, and a modern painting is often loved less because of its intrinsic quality – its beauty, as conventionally understood – than because of the identity of the painter, its mark of social status.”

― Peter Landesman

“Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France.”

― Peter Mandelson

“It’s a lot harder to write a story that’s compelling about identity and sense of self without some villain in the room.”

― Peter Paige

“It is important that Manchester United keeps its identity. Their heritage is to produce and develop players, something that started with Sir Matt and continued with Sir Alex Ferguson.”

― Peter Schmeichel

“When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer, the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner, and the man has died long before.”

― Peter Straub

“Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.”

― Peter Thiel

“I didn’t really have an identity crisis because I really, really knew who I always wanted to be But I definitely had a lot of problems with my body. I was very skinny, and I guess my body was sort of pre-pubescent, but when I grew hips and thighs, I just didn’t know where I was in the world. It was weird.”

― Petra Collins

“Each game in the postseason has its own identity.”

― Peyton Manning

“Daniel Craig is brilliant as Bond: there is no question about that. But it’s a different Bond. It’s the cross pollination of ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘James Bond;’ that kind of style of filmmaking.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“I’m responsible for what I say, and that is the identity for Prakash Raj.”

― Prakash Raj

“A job is a person’s identity in a society, his way of living, and his relevance in society.”

― Prakash Raj

“The turban is an inextricable part of the Sikh identity. Sikhs say you may take off their head but not the turban.”

― Preneet Kaur

“You have to find an identity that’s true to yourself. You really have to find your own voice.”

― Princess Beatrice of York

“My identity, I felt, was so distinct. I felt very much like an outsider. My family didn’t have the same rituals that everyone else seemed to have.”

― Priscilla Chan

“There is a fundamental notion at the core of American identity that, in this country, any little boy or girl can grow up to be president.”

― R. J. Cutler

“I was aware, in those early days of motherhood, that my behaviour was strange to the people who knew me well. It was as though I had been brainwashed, taken over by a cult religion. And yet this cult, motherhood, was not a place where I could actually live. Like any cult, it demanded a complete surrender of identity to belong to it.”

― Rachel Cusk

“I don’t think you can do something wrong with your identity if you’re living in your authenticity.”

― Rachel Dolezal

“I felt very isolated with my identity virtually my entire life, that nobody really got it and that I didn’t really have the personal agency to express it.”

― Rachel Dolezal

“People didn’t seem able to consider that maybe both were true. OK, I was born to white parents, but maybe I had an authentic black identity.”

― Rachel Dolezal

“Like lots of women who marry young and find themselves mothers by the time they’re 25, I felt I no longer had an identity.”

― Rachel Hunter

“Fortunately, unlike my teachers and classmates, my parents never forced gender roles or even a ended identity on me. I grew up on a farm, so all that mattered was working hard.”

― Rain Dove

“My family are observant Muslims, but I’ve come to the faith through an intellectual conviction, and that’s something that they’ve taught me. It’s never been forced upon me. They’ve given me a very strong identity as an Australian Muslim.”

― Randa Abdel-Fattah

“Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of Negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips, and noses as well as the texture of hair.”

― Randall Kennedy

“There is a danger of building an identity around the idea of being smart because it is very easy to become off-putting, to become exclusionary.”

― Randall Munroe

“Public schooling fosters our common identity as Americans sharing a land of diversity. It promotes the American ideal of opportunity for all, not just some. It cultivates the civic values of respecting individuals as well as collective responsibility.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I dream of a free, democratic, peaceful Tunisia, a country that can protect its developing identity.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“I have no issues with my identity.”

― Rashida Jones

“Trump has created an atmosphere wherein my sons are questioning their place and identity as Arab Americans and Muslims.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“In India, I have been called a ‘destroyer.’ But that is only because they mixed my identity as a performer and as a composer. As a composer I have tried everything, even electronic music and avant-garde. But as a performer I am, believe me, getting more classical and more orthodox, jealously protecting the heritage that I have learned.”

― Ravi Shankar

“Right after ‘Raymond’ I had a world-is-my-oyster attitude, but I found out I don’t like oysters. I had this existential emptiness. ‘What is my purpose? Who am I?’ I had a big identity crisis.”

― Ray Romano

“The Philippines, it might be said, is a country in search of an identity.”

― Raymond Bonner

“When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn’t interested any longer. That’s very astonishing.”

― Raymond Queneau

“I like the idea of a world, even within a big giant city, where you’re not anonymous. You have an identity, and that’s an identity that’s known just sort of by shopkeepers. I felt that as a kid, and I loved it.”

― Rebecca Stead

“I’m always thinking about identity. And the middle-school years are a time of exploring questions about who you are and who you want to be. For the first time, you see the world in a broader sense.”

― Rebecca Stead

“Up until 1920, women couldn’t vote. Until 1974, married women couldn’t get their own credit cards or, in some cases, their own loans. Basically, the husband’s professional, social, and economic identity covered the individual identity of the wife.”

― Rebecca Traister

“We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.”

― Rem Koolhaas

“We are all good at things – a varied assortment of things – and we all desperately need to find out what those things are for our self-esteem. If there is anything young people need, it is confidence and an identity and a purpose.”

― Renee Elise Goldsberry

“I’m a comedian who happens to be Muslim; my comedy stems on all forms of my identity.”

― Riaad Moosa

“What supposedly bound that Commonwealth together was a mysterious shared identity – Britishness.”

― Richard Flanagan

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”

― Richard Grant

“We understand that we, as a brand, have transcended a brand, and we are part of our cultural identity, and there’s a responsibility that comes with that.”

― Richelieu Dennis

“It’s hard enough to be a middle-school kid, because you’re dealing with so many facets of your identity – you’re changing socially, you’re changing physically, you’re changing emotionally, everything is in flux, and to put race on top of that as well and have to figure out your racial identity is extremely hard.”

― Rick Riordan

“I always had a separate life than just my work. I built my own family. I have my own hobbies and interests. I have a ranch with livestock and horses. I didn’t always get my self-esteem and identity from acting. I never worked unless I wanted to. I never did anything just to do it, just for the paycheck. I always did things that I liked.”

― Ricky Schroder

“Viral videos aren’t just about being funny. They’re about identity creation.”

― Ricky Van Veen

“It is not possible to conceive a democratic Guatemala, free and independent, without the indigenous identity shaping its character into all aspects of national existence.”

― Rigoberta Menchu

“The Khmer Rouge tried to delete everything. They tried to erase our past, our personality, our land, our sentiment. What we tried to do in ‘The Missing Picture’ was to reconstruct our identity, to bring it back to the people through cinema.”

― Rithy Panh

“A country cannot develop without a strong identity.”

― Rithy Panh

“For the young generation, when they see that there is a film director from Cambodia to go on to be nominated, for them, a lot can change. I don’t know another way to restore our identity if it’s not art.”

― Rithy Panh

“I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager, I have had to play different characters, negotiating the cultural expectations of a Pakistani family, Brit-Asian rudeboy culture, and a scholarship to private school. The fluidity of my own personal identity on any given day was further compounded by the changing labels assigned to Asians in general.”

― Riz Ahmed

“Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one.”

― Robert Brady

“From the beginning, each human embryo has its own unique genetic identity.”

― Robert Casey

“In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can’t name it, it means you don’t recognize it.”

― Robert Fripp

“Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Sex Pistols may come and go, but rebellion remains a key part of the rock n’ roll experience. However, that rebellion – the outgrowth of a youthful search for independence and identity – doesn’t always take the same form.”

― Robert Hilburn

“I never went through a gender identity problem, but I did with my sexuality.”

― Robert Lepage

“To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people to understand that true happiness is found by locating their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity.”

― Robert Trout

“In aversive racism, the concept of racism is abhorrent to that person. But they’re filled with racist conditioning and bias, as we all are. Because that conflicts with their identity as good people, they suppress it and are even more in denial about it. They are even more likely to erupt in defensiveness if it gets called out.”

― Robin DiAngelo

“I think I’m one of those people that kind of thinks everybody’s got an identity, and maybe that’s the core of their personality. But I think we change enough over the years that it’s like a succession of different people.”

― Robin Sloan

“An un-named song is like an un-named child, it has no identity.”

― Robyn Hitchcock

“When you’re in a band that’s so big when you’re young, you kind of lose your identity a little bit. You just become part of the band. I just needed to get away from it.”

― Roger Andrew Taylor

“’XIII’ is a spy show. I think the comic book is a little too similar to ‘The Bourne Identity.’ I tried to take it away from that. I believe there was, many years ago, before the Bourne movies, a lawsuit that made it so they couldn’t be published in English.”

― Roger Avary

“I have learned that the hardest part of campaigning for tolerance and justice is encouraging people to look at their own selves, to examine their own identity and shortcomings.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“Music is obviously a huge part of the Marley family identity. But that music is part of a larger idea – love.”

― Rohan Marley

“I don’t like permanency. I just like to slip and slide, and in identity, I think that’s a very feminine artist’s point of view.”

― Roisin Murphy

“Myths give us our sense of personal identity, answering the question, ‘Who am I?’”

― Rollo May

“Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity.”

― Rollo May

“It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification.”

― Roman Jakobson

“Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity.”

― Ron Chernow

“Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities.”

― Ron Lewis

“Social Security Number Cards by themselves were never intended to be personal identity documents because they cannot confirm that a person presenting a card is actually the person whose name appears on the card.”

― Ron Lewis

“When you’re undercover you try to stay as true to your identity as you are. You know who you are, and you know how you normally function. If you try to put on a pretense, such as assuming a fake voice, you have to put on that fake voice all of the time. And you can’t afford to slip out of it. It’s too dangerous.”

― Ron Stallworth

“People call me a whole lot of things, but above anything else, I’m a fighter, and it’s going to be hard to accept an identity without that.”

― Ronda Rousey

“No one has their own identity like the Ronettes did back in the day.”

― Ronnie Spector

“It’s no wonder the Tory Party opposed identity cards, since so many of them struggle to find an identity at all.”

― Rory Bremner

“Berlin is all about volatility. Its identity is based not on stability but on change.”

― Rory MacLean

“Fox Interactive Media’s acquisitions of Newroo and kSolo demonstrate our commitment to empowering users with interesting tools that they can use to further enhance their online experience and online identity.”

― Ross Levinsohn

“Chefs have always been leaders, but now, because of social media and the evolution of the chef identity, we have a voice that expands beyond cooking.”

― Roy Choi

“When you never see yourself in the mainstream format, you are stripped of the strength of your identity.”

― Roy Choi

“High bankruptcy rates, increased credit card debt, and identity theft make it imperative that all of us take an active role in providing financial and economic education during all stages of one’s life.”

― Ruben Hinojosa

“As problems like identity theft become more prevalent, now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously – and this information is of the utmost importance.”

― Ruben Hinojosa

“Whether straight, gay, bi, trans… body image and identity can be a struggle for us all.”

― Ruby Rose

“I don’t think drag will ever be mainstream because it’s counter to what the mainstream directive is, which is picking an identity and sticking with it for the rest of your life.”

― RuPaul

“Stories about race and identity pique my interest for obvious reasons. That’s in my body, my brain, my history, my memories – it’s all part of my toolbox as an actor.”

― Ruth Negga

“I become very territorial about my identity because it’s been hijacked by so many people with their own projections.”

― Ruth Negga

“People have always made assumptions about me. I become very territorial about my identity because it’s been hijacked by so many people with their own projections.”

― Ruth Negga

“When you drive, you can kind of put your identity aside in the passenger’s seat because you’re not being watched, and you can just be the watcher.”

― Ryan Gosling

“I feel when somebody has been playing cricket for a long time, he creates a separate identity for himself.”

― Sachin Tendulkar

“I’m a proud Londoner, a Brit, European, of Pakistani heritage, a Muslim – we all have multiple layers of identity – that’s what makes us who we are.”

― Sadiq Khan

“I suppose my Iranian identity is one of the driving forces for being a writer: I want to set the record straight about who I really am.”

― Said Sayrafiezadeh

“The reason the gifted students of the world like Khan Academy is because we don’t say, ‘Memorize this formula,’ but say, ‘Let’s try to derive it from core principles,’ or, ‘I forgot my trig identity, so I’m going to just try to prove this to you.’”

― Sal Khan

“The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.”

― Sallust

“A thing that happens to migrants is that they lose many of the traditional things which root identity, which root the self.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I did have friends who have suffered from schizophrenia and mild dissociative identity disorder, as well as more extreme cases of social anxiety disorder.”

― Sam Esmail

“I don’t like the idea that in music, clothes, taste or anything, we are limited to a certain style, because we need to maintain an identity, maybe between some subculture group. Hopefully, all those walls break down, and music is just music.”

― Sam Hunt

“When I started acting, it was like a double identity crisis – your basic crisis, compounded by people saying, ‘there goes Robards’ kid, Bacall’s kid.’ Now I realize, sure, that gets your foot in the door, but once it’s there, it’s your foot. I’m not bothered anymore. I’m confident of my abilities.”

― Sam Robards

“When you’ve been raised in care, rap music isn’t just about guns and sexism. They’re talking about real things you can hang on to, problems of identity that you have sympathy with. It’s not just about the music, with rap: when I was in care, it meant a whole lot more than that.”

― Samantha Morton

“The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“My family spans many world religions, ethnicities and nationalities. The truth is that I don’t have one identity. I’m Scottish, British, European, Humanist, Atheist and in part at least, culturally Jewish.”

― Sara Sheridan

“Everyone has an identity crisis when they are 16 or 17 years old.”

― Sara Zarr

“History is prone to mistakes in identity, and facts are not always solid things.”

― Sarah Churchwell

“Pop music provides not just the soundtrack to our lives, as the cliche goes; it releases our emotions and helps us to articulate them. This is why music is so important to adolescents, who are struggling with questions of identity and self-expression.”

― Sarah Churchwell

“Niaqornat particularly seemed to offer a heightened version of a story being played out across the world about traditional communities’ struggle for survival and their attempts to renegotiate their identity in the face of modern life.”

― Sarah Gavron

“To what extent do we self-construct, do we self-invent? How do we self-identify, and how mutable is that identity? Like, what if one could be anyone at any time? Well, my characters, like the ones in my shows, allow me to play with the spaces between those questions.”

― Sarah Jones

“During my sophomore year at American University, I was elected president of the student body. At the same time, I was struggling with my identity and whether or not to come out as transgender.”

― Sarah McBride

“I think it’s really difficult for folks that aren’t transgender to really wrap their mind around the feeling of having a gender identity that differs from their sex assigned at birth. But for me, it felt like a constant feeling of homesickness.”

― Sarah McBride

“For me, having a gender identity that was different from my sex assigned at birth and that wasn’t seen by society felt like a constant feeling of homesickness – that unwavering ache in the pit of my stomach.”

― Sarah McBride

“I’ve always been Sarah. My gender identity has always existed. I’ve always been a woman. Gay people aren’t straight before they come out as gay, and transgender people are who they are before they come out and transition.”

― Sarah McBride

“Put simply, barring transgender people from restrooms consistent with their gender identity doesn’t help anyone, and continuing to allow transgender people to access those restrooms doesn’t hurt anyone.”

― Sarah McBride

“For my entire life, I’ve wrestled with my gender identity.”

― Sarah McBride

“Too often, when transgender people die, family members or funeral homes will end up dressing a body of a transgender person in the garments of the gender that they were assigned at birth instead of their gender identity. They’re often dead-named and misgendered.”

― Sarah McBride

“Time and time again, we have seen a growing alliance of allies who are willing to stand with trans people, who are educating themselves on trans identity and trans equality, and who understand that our lives are worth celebrating and that our cause matters.”

― Sarah McBride

“I now know that my dreams and my identity are only mutually exclusive if I don’t try.”

― Sarah McBride

“Artists, in theory, should not be limited to their personal experience, culture, identity, and worldview. But they must also accept that the degree of difficulty in imagining beyond their own borders is steep, and the failure rate is high.”

― Sarah Weinman

“As an inveterate lover of mystery, cracking the code of a writer’s true identity has the same effect, for me, as tasting forbidden fruit.”

― Sarah Weinman

“My past was always there. And I always understood that I was adopted. It wasn’t like a massive issue to me. But identity was an issue. I knew that I was Indian, but I didn’t really know much about myself, really. I mean, I really disassociated myself from what happened in the past to present. But, it was affecting in regards to identity.”

― Saroo Brierley

“Identity for Jews like us was shaped by cultural practices and family traditions rather than allegiances of place or language or class, because those things continued to be redefined for us. Drag operates along similar lines.”

― Sasha Velour

“As a drag performer, my identity exists in music, art, and fashion, not in any one ‘language’ of gender or ‘appearance.’”

― Sasha Velour

“Before doing ‘Midnight’s Children,’ I didn’t really have a chance to explore my Indian side. The Indian side of my heritage was always present, but it did not particularly define my identity. Being English was more an identity-defining status. I was born and brought up in London. Yes, my father is Parsi.”

― Satya Bhabha

“Israeli independence – what we Arabs call al-Naqba, ‘The Catastrophe’ – it created Palestinian identity more than anything else.”

― Sayed Kashua

“I don’t like identity. We accept identities in Israel. We make them holy. But what does identity really mean?”

― Sayed Kashua

“Many Israelis are educating their kids in a very nationalist, powerful identity, since kindergarten – and the Arabs as well.”

― Sayed Kashua

“We were, as Arabs in Israel, educated not to leave our villages, in order to protect our identity.”

― Sayed Kashua

“I’m of that generation of Jews still deeply influenced by the Holocaust. Certainly the notion that the state power to kill can be subject to such extraordinary abuse is always lurking beneath the surface for me. Certainly my experience and identity as a Jew is there.”

― Scott Turow

“One doesn’t want one’s identity coerced.”

― Seamus Heaney

“You can have Irish identity in the north and also have your Irish passport.”

― Seamus Heaney

“It is great filming in London. It’s difficult, but it looks good. It has its own identity.”

― Sean Bean

“When you talk about forming an offensive identity, it’s about, first, let’s figure out what our players do best.”

― Sean McVay

“There’s no such thing as identity: it’s something we have to believe in to make life more tolerable.”

― Sebastian Faulks

“The brain is behind the really big questions we have. Who am I, what is my identity? What is that based on? If memories are encoded in connectomes, your personality might be in your connectome. If that’s the case, that’s the basis of your uniqueness as a person.”

― Sebastian Seung

“I wanted to participate in the political responsibilities of an American citizen. I wanted to vote. I wanted to be a full member of the American community. I made America my home country. It’s my identity in many ways.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“I’m really interested in stories about identity – who I am now versus who I used to be.”

― Seth Gordon

“I voted in support of H.R. 5192, which seeks to curb identity fraud by requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to develop a database that financial institutions can use to compare their consumer data against SSA records.”

― Seth Moulton

“Some of the issues with identity politics are critical moral issues. But we’ve got to show America that we don’t have a plan just on these so-called identity politics issues, but that we have a plan for the economy, that we know how to provide for a strong national defense.”

― Seth Moulton

“Even if a financial institution rejects an initial application by an individual using a synthetic identity, credit bureaus create a record from the transaction based on the fraudulent credentials. Consequently, the record can be used repeatedly by a fraudster to establish a fake identity used to commit financial and other types of fraud.”

― Seth Moulton

“My identity is that of a Pakistani player. And nothing is more important than that for me.”

― Shahid Afridi

“My whole identity comes from Pakistan.”

― Shahid Afridi

“When I first arrived in Houston, I was fascinated with the elaborate styles of cowboy boots and thought they were incredibly exotic. They also seemed to be a central part of a specifically ‘Texan’ identity, one distinct from being ‘American.’”

― Shahzia Sikander

“A lot of my identity as an Aboriginal person is about family.”

― Shari Sebbens

“I’ve never been one to bow down to people who try to question my identity because I don’t fit their mould of what an Aboriginal Australian is supposed to be or look like.”

― Shari Sebbens

“I’m not going to be intimidated by people or identity politics. I think that’s a dead end.”

― Shepard Fairey

“There is a direct relationship between how we feel about Jesus Christ and how we see ourselves. We cannot increase our devotion to the Savior without also obtaining a greater sense of purpose, identity, and conviction.”

― Sheri L. Dew

“I can’t give up my own identity.”

― Shirley MacLaine

“When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it’s difficult to find your own identity.”

― Sia

“’Entropy’ will be a kaleidoscope of thought processes and my identity as an Indian who grew up in California.”

― Sid Sriram

“I do not want to be misunderstood that you need a dose of persecution in order, really, to have a sense of your identity. Otherwise, you know, there would be no American Jews. Even if you’re not strictly, fiercely Orthodox, you commit yourselves to a community of memory.”

― Simon Schama

“I used to have a monthly cookery column, and am a big cook, so that whole sense of connecting what one does with food to one’s cultural identity has always been fascinating to me.”

― Simon Schama

“’Solomon Creed’ is a man who knows everything about everything but nothing about himself and is on a journey of redemption to try and reclaim his identity.”

― Simon Toyne

“Kolkata does not look like a Delhi or Mumbai. The city has its identity.”

― Soni Razdan

“I guess I’ve always had a – not really thought of myself as this big star, big identity in the game.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“I grew up in an international school community my whole life, and my national identity is very confused, so I grew up listening to music from all around the world.”

― Sophie Hawley-Weld

“At some point, when I finished school in Zurich, I suddenly realised that I was nobody. I couldn’t find a shape. Everything I was had been invented. Initially, I took it to be a fundamental conflict. But today I find pleasure in accepting that this thing called ‘identity’ is the true invention. There’s no way that it really exists.”

― Sophie Hunger

“’Balika Vadhu’ happened to me because I worked hard in my earlier shows. So, in a way, they are responsible for building my identity.”

― Sriti Jha

“The marginalized did not create identity politics: their identities have been forced on them by dominant groups, and politics is the most effective method of revolt.”

― Stacey Abrams

“The basis for sustainable progress is legal protections grounded in an awareness of how identity has been used to deny opportunity.”

― Stacey Abrams

“My very identity as a soldier came to an abrupt end. I’d been soldiering as long as I’d been shaving. Suddenly I’d been told I could no longer soldier, and it felt as though no one really cared if I ever shaved again.”

― Stanley A. McChrystal

“There is only one Army in which you serve. When that identity is gone, it is gone forever.”

― Stanley A. McChrystal

“Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you’re from, what your class is – those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity.”

― Stanley Crouch

“I am an enthusiastic participant in a church, but I have never been particularly concerned with denominational identity.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“I used to be on dance team in high school; it was called drill team in Texas. And when I started doing theater sophomore year, I had to make a decision which thing I was gonna follow. It was a big shift because I sort of had all these friends on dance squad, and when I started to do theater, my whole identity shifted.”

― Stephanie Beatriz

“One thing standing in the way of further progress for many men is the same obstacle that held women back for so long: overinvestment in their gender identity instead of their individual personhood.”

― Stephanie Coontz

“We love stories about identity and acceptance because they’re so universal.”

― Stephanie Savage

“Well, I think that part of being young is not exactly knowing why you do some of the things that you do. And it’s by exploring your life or experimenting or making mistakes and learning from them hopefully that you start to forge an identity.”

― Stephen Chbosky

“The true identity theft is not financial. It’s not in cyberspace. It’s spiritual. It’s been taken.”

― Stephen Covey

“I think one of the big challenges facing modern liberalism is that there’s not a great emotional appeal to an international identity, like a citizen-of-the-world identity.”

― Stephen Miller

“Self-discovery is so important in identity processing: who you hang out with, what clothes you wear, what shows you see. As a kid, I found out about things through friends. I would go to hardcore shows with 50 people.”

― Steve Aoki

“The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the Left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

― Steve Bannon

“I guess I just always imagined that I was going to die, like, somehow on top. I was going to, like, go out in some sort of blaze of glory. I never thought about sort of fading into obscurity. And I’ve worked so hard at having a life, an identity, in obscurity and finding peace with that.”

― Steve-O

“I never contemplated any kind of existence or identity after my career. I never thought at some point the entertainment industry is going to be through with me. And when it first occurred to me that my career was going to cease to be ascendant, then I freaked out.”

― Steve-O

“When I started to make music at the end of the ’90s, I saw myself highly influenced by hip-hop and techno, but I wanted to apply these ideas to something from the local sound; something that had identity, that would say who we were and where we came from.”

― Steven Sater

“National identity does not figure in the Tamil way of thinking.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“Unraveling external selves and coming home to our real identity is the true meaning of soul work.”

― Sue Monk Kidd

“I came to believe that my true identity goes beyond the outer roles I play. It transcends the ego. I came to understand that there is an Authentic ‘I’ within – an ‘I Am,’ or divine spark within the soul.”

― Sue Monk Kidd

“One of the things about incarceration is that you’re deprived. You lose all of your identity, and then its given back one day, and you’re ill-equipped to actually embrace it and work it.”

― Susan Burton

“In a way, our family is our modern identity.”

― Susanne Bier

“We must preserve our cultural identity.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“Every baby step India takes in achieving anything towards its betterment enhances my identity and personality because I love my country.”

― Sushmita Sen

“Slang has always moved this way. From Cockney rhyming slang to codes swapped among highwaymen, they’re tribal badges of identity, bonding mechanisms designed to distinguish the initiated, and to keep strangers out.”

― Susie Dent

“During our formative years, it was all about, ‘What did Metallica do?’ and ‘How do we do that?’ and then you try and find an identity of your own, but they’re still… They were the pioneers and the trailblazers.”

― Synyster Gates

“What is your identity, and how do you know who you are if you don’t have language?”

― T. C. Boyle

“Obama’s presence opened a new field for writers, and what began as curiosity about the man himself eventually expanded into curiosity about the community he had so consciously made his home and all the old, fitfully slumbering questions he’d awakened about American identity.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“My chief identity, to my mind, was not ‘writer’ but ‘college dropout.’”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“By giving young Americans a stake in the outcome of their communities, we can renew our civic identity while providing people with skills and experiences that they can use throughout their lives.”

― Tae Yoo

“I’m not some sort of tormented soul looking for an identity in the roles I take. I became an actress because I just love dressing up and playing.”

― Talulah Riley

“As far as the industries go, in the North, they think I’m a South Indian actress; down South, I’ve always been thought of as a Bombay girl. I guess it’s sort of an identity crisis, even though I’d like to belong to all the industries.”

― Tamannaah

“When I came to MSNBC, its identity as the place for politics was growing.”

― Tamron Hall

“The weakness in traditional Scottish nationalism lay in its own inability to grasp that identity could not be the only factor in the march to independence.”

― Tariq Ali

“Scotland’s political identity was destroyed, and a huge Scottish emigration to North America followed the brutal Highland clearances. These included every layer of Scottish society, not just the remnants of the defeated clans.”

― Tariq Ali

“Our democratic societies are in danger. In allowing ourselves to be infiltrated by fear, to be blinded by the passion of identity, we are entertaining the most serious illusions about our freedom.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“I no longer get into stupid thought wormholes about identity and stuff. At one time, I did have some impostor syndrome about acting, but then I remembered I’ve been doing this since I was little, actually.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“There’s a point with every record we’ve made that the album starts to assert its identity, and I think that’s kind of what happened with ‘The Wolf.’”

― Ted Dwane

“HB2 discriminates against fellow citizens because of who they are. This law directly challenges the legitimacy of the identity of transgender persons and then compels them to deny it every time they use a public restroom.”

― Ted Olson

“I have more of an identity with Cowher than I do Tomlin. I knew Cowher when he came over from Kansas City as a defensive coordinator, and his teams were tough. Tomlin came in from Minnesota, and I didn’t know anything about him. So maybe it’s unfair for me to make the comparison.”

― Terry Bradshaw

“Language, identity and forms of life are the terms in which political demands are shaped and voiced.”

― Terry Eagleton

“When I looked at ‘Dear White People,’ you have four African-American students who are all very different and who are trying to figure out who they are. They’re dealing with identity issues and crises. That is exciting to me, to see African-American young people on a page, on a screen, who are so diverse and whose stories are all so different.”

― Teyonah Parris

“When you get into the third or fourth generation of Latino immigrants to the United States, you see the kids speaking more English than Spanish, and it’s important that we don’t lose our identity, our language.”

― Thalia

“Ultimate Warrior was a character who made an impression on people. It was his intensity, his colorfulness, but also, Warrior as an identity means something to everyone. Even through all of the grumbling and haphazard approach at the beginning to developing the character’s persona, there was something that people connected to.”

― The Ultimate Warrior

“You reach a point where you’re trying to survive. You’re just trying to put the ball in play. You’re not yourself. You’re searching for your identity as a hitter on a nightly basis. That’s just really hard. And it is not atypical at all for players to need to change their environment in order to rediscover who they are.”

― Theo Epstein

“What is at stake in the debate over health care is more than the mere crafting of policy. The issue is now the identity of the Democratic Party.”

― Thomas Frank

“The older you get, the more you fight for your own identity and start to live your own life.”

― Tia Mowry

“I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.”

― Tila Tequila

“The thing that keeps me being a performer is my interest in society’s obsession with identity, because I’m not sure that I really believe identity exists.”

― Tilda Swinton

“Until the company believes in itself, AOL didn’t have its own space and identity in the marketplace. The opportunity is to get out from under the negative history and figure out the value AOL offers for consumers and for publishers and advertisers.”

― Tim Armstrong

“I think for business reasons, fiscal reasons, I think these cable networks can take greater risks and I think with a risk comes better programming. And I think USA has got an amazing identity to it now that is clearly defined with its ‘Characters welcome’ tag.”

― Tim DeKay

“When your identity is found in Christ, your identity never changes. You are always a child of God.”

― Tim Tebow

“Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity.”

― Tina Fey

“We were always in church, and always singing, so once I realized that music was something that I had a knack for, I sort of latched onto it, and it helped give me an identity and figure out who I was as a person. It informed my way into theater, which informed my way into television.”

― Tituss Burgess

“I think I’ve been wishing for celebrity for so long that I’ve got used to being someone who’s petitioning the establishment for acceptance… my whole schtick, my whole identity, is so wrapped up in being a petitioner that I don’t really know how to react now that petition has been granted.”

― Toby Young

“My films have often looked at the whole dilemma of identity as a straitjacket for people, for societies, for cultures, for historical moments.”

― Todd Haynes

“There are all these languages that keep people in place that conform us to a set of terms. It’s why I think the whole idea of identity as something that is something of a straitjacket. That most of us like to think of as natural and innate. That we just find and go, ‘Yeah, that’s who I am.’”

― Todd Haynes

“Actors, who have no real sense of who they are or what they want, have long known that not just their gender but every aspect of their identity is on a spectrum. They can be anything they are asked to be. They aspire to a protean state, shape-shifting like high summer clouds.”

― Tom Hollander

“American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis.”

― Tom Hooper

“Unfortunately, in the north and the south of Ireland, intolerant habits are part of the fabric of emotion, part of the identity crisis which afflicts the population of the country.”

― Tom Paulin

“What you learn growing up in a place like Buffalo is that your job isn’t just your paycheck, it’s your identity. It doesn’t just give you dollars, it gives you dignity.”

― Tom Perez

“There is no Baltic identity with a common culture, language group, religious tradition.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“The problem of online identity is expressed best in an old ‘New Yorker’ cartoon with a picture of a dog next to a computer, and the dog says, ‘No one online knows you’re a dog.’”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“My identity is not based on performance; it’s based on something that’s pre-determined by someone else, and I don’t even understand what that is because I’m an African who came to America.”

― Toyin Odutola

“The experience of being a mixed person is all over the place – one of my best friends is Chinese and Italian; my other best friend is Lebanese and Trinidadian. The mix of heritage, culture or identity is something that our country is built on.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“I know what my identity is.”

― Travis Scott

“I’ve always been into computers. When I was getting out of high school and forming my identity musically, all of it was really coming into the fold, computers and drum machines. It felt like, you know, I’m in the right place at the right time. I liked the collision.”

― Trent Reznor

“When I was growing up, rock & roll helped give me my sense of identity, but I had to search for it.”

― Trent Reznor

“It’s very exciting to feel like a different woman with a new identity.”

― Trinny Woodall

“My hair has become part of my identity; it’s almost an appendage to me.”

― Troy Polamalu

“Our democratic system, national identity, and international space must be respected. Any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations.”

― Tsai Ing-wen

“An identity based in the one-way love of God does not take into account public opinion or, thankfully, even personal opinion.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“Performancism is the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance and accomplishments.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ’s accomplishment, not yours; his strength, not yours; his performance, not yours; his victory, not yours.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“There’s absolutely no way you can feel the freedom to embarrass and humiliate yourself unless you have finally recognized that your identity is in someone other than yourself.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“The gratifying part of my journey is no one calls me a star child or a superstar’s wife anymore. I think I have grown beyond that and have my own identity.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“I’m not a man who likes to define his identity too narrowly.”

― Tyler Winklevoss

“The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others.”

― Ulrich Beck

“Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice, and anyone who knows me and my work over the years knows that I am a firm believer and supporter in the rights of LGBT Americans.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“Of course we wish that more people involved in the leak of my true CIA identity had been prosecuted, but the system worked.”

― Valerie Plame

“The Euro-bureaucrats are destroying every bit of national identity and individuality.”

― Victoria Beckham

“If I am ever forced to choose between my identity as a Tamilian and an award from the central government, I will choose the former.”

― Vijay Sethupathi

“Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity.”

― Viktor Orban

“It would be a sad story to get rid of religious belief, national identity, family, and even sexual identity. That’s not freedom.”

― Viktor Orban

“I act because it’s the one time I’m sure of my identity. There’s no doubt. It’s on paper.”

― Vin Diesel

“Every project has to stand on its own. It’s a different identity within each project, and I feel like that’s the way it should be.”

― Vince Staples

“I come from an acting family, my father was an actor, and I had to fight my way and just create my own identity.”

― Vincent Cassel

“One of the things I regret is that too often in our society a person’s whole identity is shaped by their sexuality, or by their sexual orientation. In good Catholic eyes, a person’s sexual orientation does not matter.”

― Vincent Nichols

“For me, just as a social recorder of 2016, there’s a new girl that emerged that can shop in between Zara and designer and still maintain a sense of her personality and identity.”

― Virgil Abloh

“My body became aligned with my identity, and it was profound.”

― Vivienne Ming

“I was a big athlete, but I think a lot of the things I did were because they were my false identity, if you will. They got me acceptance, and they got me that attention that I craved.”

― Walker Hayes

“On another level, I want to mention that I have a strong Jewish identity and – over the years – have been involved in several Jewish projects, such as the establishment of a strong program of Judaic Studies at the University of California in San Diego.”

― Walter Kohn

“I come from a country and also a continent whose identity is in the making. We’re a very young culture, and I think that things are not yet crystallised.”

― Walter Salles

“Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity.”

― Wilfred Burchett

“’Rhye’ clearly plays with notions of sexual identity, and it has made a concerted effort to keep its own identity mysterious. Its love songs are gender-neutral, the members have declined to appear in their own videos, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a photo of the duo that doesn’t cast them in shadows.”

― Will Hermes

“Writing about identity can be like maneuvering through a minefield, even when considering contemporary figures who have discussed the subject themselves.”

― William J. Mann

“Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“I try to find the core values that are so fundamental that they transcend ethnic identity. That doesn’t mean I run from it. I embrace African-American culture and I love it and embrace it, but it is a part of a human identity. So I’m always trying to make a larger human statement.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“The more you learn about someone, how could you not want to protect them and their rights? The more you learn about a culture or a certain identity, it’s hard to not feel empathy.”

― Yara Shahidi

“My mama is African American and from Wisconsin. My baba was born in Iran. My parents have stressed the idea of creating your own path, and creating your own identity is part of that. That’s why embracing these two cultures is important to me.”

― Yara Shahidi

“There must be more rigorous enforcement of rules promoting transparency in the international banking and financial systems, especially more stringent KYC rules on customer identity, source of wealth, and even country of origin.”

― Yemi Osinbajo

“I cannot recite Hanuman chalisa at home and wear a skull cap outside just to attract votes. It is my responsibility that, without losing my identity, I must ensure a peaceful environment for people of all faiths so that they can follow their beliefs.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“One thing you can’t intend is how you will be read. I hear it said a lot that my books are about the ‘search for identity’, and this is said admiringly, as if I meant to encourage such a search.”

― Zadie Smith

“Basically, I see Iran as an authentic nation-state. And that authentic identity gives it cohesion, which most of the Middle East lacks.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“A waning United States would likely be more nationalistic, more defensive about its national identity, more paranoid about its homeland security, and less willing to sacrifice resources for the sake of others’ development.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski
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