„The thoughts we choose to act upon define us to others, the ones we do not define us to ourselves.“

Signposts to Elsewhere (2008)

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„It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.“

—  Jane Austen, buch Sense and Sensibility

Variante: It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...
Quelle: Sense and Sensibility

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„If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.“

—  Emma Watson British actress and model 1990

UN Speech on the HeForShe campaign (2014)
Kontext: We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that that they are, and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.
If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. 
I want men to take up this mantle. So that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.

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„We are defined by how we use our power.“

—  Gerry Spence American lawyer 1929

"The Rat Hole" (25 December 2003) http://www.gerryspence.com/the-rat-hole/

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„We humans have always defined ourselves by narration. What's happening today is that we're allowing multi-national corporations to tell our stories for us.“

—  Tom Robbins American writer 1932

The Syntax of Sorcery (2012)
Kontext: We humans have always defined ourselves by narration. What's happening today is that we're allowing multi-national corporations to tell our stories for us. The theme of corporate stories (and millions drink them in every day) seldom varies: to be happy you must consume, to be special you must conform. Absurd, obviously, yet our identities have become so fragile, so elusive, that we seem content to let advertisers provide us with their version of who we are, to let them recreate us in their image: a cookie-cutter image based on market research, shallow sociology, and insidious lies. Individualism is bad for business – though absolutely necessary for freedom, progressive knowledge, and any possible interface with the transcendent. And yes, it's entirely possible to function as a free-thinking individual without succumbing to narcissism..

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„Liberals tend to regard being subjects of the Queen as an insult to their dignity. But at least the archaic structures by which we are ruled do not force us to define ourselves by blood, soil or faith, and we are protected from the poisonous politics of identity.“

—  John Gray British philosopher 1948

"Monarchy is the key to our liberty," http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/jul/29/comment.politics1, The Observer (2007-07-29)

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„We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges.“

—  Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931 - 2019

Quelle: Shadow & Claw

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„tt>#define NULL 0 /* silly thing is, we don't even use this */</tt“

—  Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954

Source code, <code>perl.c</code>

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