„Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.“
„One cannot make oneself, but one can sometimes help a little in the making of somebody else. It is well.“
— Dinah Craik English novelist and poet 1826 - 1887
„And if it is grievous to be doomed one day to cease to be, perhaps it would be more grievous still to go on being always oneself, and no more than oneself, without being able to be at the same time other, without being able to be at the same time everything else, without being able to be all.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
„I'm tired of living unable to love anyone. I don't have a single friend - not one. And, worst of all, I can't even love myself. Why is that? Why can't I love myself? It's because I can't love anyone else. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else. Do you understand what I am saying? A person who is incapable of loving another cannot properly love himself.“
— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
„In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.“
— Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
Context: In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it. p. 97.
„There is nothing more natural than to consider everything as starting from oneself, chosen as the center of the world; one finds oneself thus capable of condemning the world without even wanting to hear its deceitful chatter.“
— Guy Debord French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker and founding member of the Situationist International (SI) 1931 - 1994
Vol. 1, pt. 1.