„I am what I am: an individual, unique and different“

—  Charlie Chaplin, Context: I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, of all of which I am the sum total. My Autobiography (p. 271 Simon and Schuster 1964 edition)
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