100+ Best Identity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational identity quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Identity Quotes

I only hope that I can regain my own identity once I decide that ‘Perry Mason’ and myself have come to the parting of the road. ‘Perry Mason’ has become a career for me… all I know is that I work, eat and sleep ‘Perry Mason.’ — Raymond Burr

I’ve never felt British. I’m just not interested in national identity. I don’t know why. — Elvis Costello

I’m Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style. — Owen Hart

I’m slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility, — Kate Millett

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

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

An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans. — Haile Selassie

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of my identity as an Aboriginal person is about family. — Shari Sebbens

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

Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past. — Samuel P. Huntington

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

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 like to make things. Its been part of my identity since I was a kid. — Bre Pettis

Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity. — Park Chan-wook

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

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

Each driver has their own identity and from one week to another, normally it stays the same. — Kurt Busch

Narrative identity takes part in the story’s movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder — Paul Ricoeur

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

I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me. — Jay London

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

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

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

I’m very empathic to the construction of masculinity within our culture and how we build these identities up. — Catherine Opie

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.

Music is a vital part of my life, and it has been since I was a kid. It helped me find my identity as a person, it helped me find my identity as an artist, and it helped me get in touch with emotions that I didn’t know I had. — Stephen Chbosky

What supposedly bound that Commonwealth together was a mysterious shared identity – Britishness. — Richard Flanagan

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation – especially in the suburbs. — Melissa Bean

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

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity. — Marshall McLuhan

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth. — Jean Baudrillard

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

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

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

I’m not Jack Nicholson. I’m not Brando. But I do mumble. — Benicio Del Toro

All of the agreed-upon pariahs throughout pop-culture history put their identities into the thing we decry. And yet we derive our own identities from the act of hating. We connect on the things we are disappointed in. Some may argue that nothing in history gathers a crowd like complaining about Lady Gaga’s meat dress. — Patrick Stump

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

When you’re a kid you have this sense of wonder and wholeness and a strong sense of your own identity. — Hugo Weaving

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

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

By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication. — Ralph Ellison

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

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience. — James A. Baldwin

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 freedom to be able to offer education, human services, and health care in accordance with our own identity as a church should not be denied us simply because there may be the perception of a political majority who favors a new understanding of the American tradition of pluralism. — Donald Wuerl

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

To live in mankind is far more than to live in a name. — Vachel Lindsay

Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity. — Jonathan Safran Foer

We all need a firm sense of identity. — Christopher Eccleston

Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity. — Wilfred Burchett

American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis. — Tom Hooper

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

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

Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want. — Jean Vanier

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

In addition to exploring imaginative worlds, I believe that young people should have access to reading material that validates their life, that gives them a sense of identity – to be able to read texts that chimes with their own world, corrals thoughts, and connects with the emotional conflicts of growing up. — Theresa Breslin

Systematically identity top designers as early as possible. The best are often not the most experienced. — Fred Brooks

We all need a past – that’s where our sense of identity comes from. — Penelope Lively

You can play anyone if you’re open enough. It’s a form of possession. Each time you work on something, you allow yourself to be possessed by creating the environment for it. Then you allow the possession to happen – but not at the expense of your sanity or of your identity. — Stephen Lang

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others. — David Soul

I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one’s identity is totally different. — AnnaLynne McCord

I think female solitude is a mental condition as well as a physical state. You can be married and a spinster. I think spinster is an identity every woman can claim, if she will… I feel like a lot of women, or a lot of feminists, joke about taking to the sea or living alone in a cottage as this kind of fun freedom. — Mallory Ortberg

With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity – and never a clique. — Kenneth Noland

Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life. — Caroline Leavitt

As soon as you Botox your smile lines away, you lose part of your identity. — Nigel Barker

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

Of all my false identities, the strategies in my campaign to be accepted, being a sworn Republican is the hardest to explain. In my later political life, I can only be described as a Kennedy Democrat, eager to pursue equitable treatment for the least fortunate. — James McGreevey

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

The older you get, the more you fight for your own identity and start to live your own life. — Tia Mowry

The thing is most people are afraid to step out, to take a chance beyond their established identity. — Demi Moore

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

All identity labels are umbrella terms to some degree, but this term ‘bisexual’ is not only serviceable, but it is sufficient. And yes, it brings together a bunch of people who are maybe shades different from one another. And maybe that’s the beauty of labels: that they force you to be with other people and see the difference. — Charles M. Blow

You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living. — Fernando Flores

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

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

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. — Erik Erikson

It doesn’t matter how adventurous you want to be, you’ve still got to contain your identity. — Alex Kapranos

My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman. — Lena Horne

The tendency is to think if you are a professional woman, it’s because you’ve turned your back on the traditional side. The tendency is not to recognize that we can excel as professionals without giving up our identity of being mother, wife and homemaker. — Lucille Roybal-Allard

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

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

The most important thing for me as an artist is having an identity. — Eric Church

The actor has a constant problem of personal identity. — Cyril Cusack

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

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

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

It comes down to this: black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it’s been a quest since then to define who we are. — Spike Lee

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

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