Quotations About
individuality

Occasionally, in times of worry, I’ve longed to be stylish, but on second thoughts I say no – just let me be myself – and express severe, rough, yet true things with rough workmanship.

Letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh. The Hague, Saturday, 11 March 1882.
Posted in: Vincent van Gogh

Going against the tide has never been difficult for me. It wasn’t even a conscious decision but the natural consequence of following my own instinct.

Achieving The Impossible - A Fearless Leader. A Fragile Earth. (2010)

There is only one success… to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Where the Blue Begins (1922)

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

"In Praise of Dissent", New York Times, 16 December 1956

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

The Neurotic's Notebook (1963)

Cindy: You know he’s different?
Joni: That’s what I like about him.

I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.

The Wind and Beyond, 1967

A little retrospection shows that although many fine, useful software systems have been designed by committees and built as part of multipart projects, those software systems that have excited passionate fans are those that are the products of one or a few designing minds, great designers.

No Silver Bullet (1986)
Posted in: Fred Brooks