„I find myself only by losing myself.“

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„If I win - I win for all our people, if I lose - I lose only myself.“

—  Vasil Levski Bulgarian revolutionary 1837 - 1873

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„And you...
You pull my heart off the shelf,
I wanna lose myself.
And you....
It can't be nobody else,
I wanna lose myself
You make me wanna lose myself.“

—  Antonio Fresco American DJ, music producer, and radio personality 1983

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„I love to lose myself in other men's minds.“

—  Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia

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„This is an interesting world I find myself in“

—  Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001

Speech http://www.biota.org/people/douglasadams/index.html at Digital Biota 2 http://www.cyberbiology.org/, Cambridge, UK, (1998) <!-- also quoted in Richard Dawkins' eulogy http://www.edge.org/documents/adams_index.html for Douglas Adams -->
Context: Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, "This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, may have been made to have me in it!" This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. We all know that at some point in the future the Universe will come to an end and at some other point, considerably in advance from that but still not immediately pressing, the sun will explode. We feel there's plenty of time to worry about that, but on the other hand that's a very dangerous thing to say.

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„When I was a boy, I thought myself a man. Now that I am a man, I find myself a boy.“

—  Thomas Young (scientist) English polymath 1773 - 1829

as quoted by Horatio B. Williams, Thomas Young, The Man and Physician, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 20, 35-49 (1930).

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„I kinda live where I find myself.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bob Dylan http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-rolling-stone-interview-bob-dylan-19840621 (21 June 1984)

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„I'm so lost. Will I ever find myself?“

—  Руслана Коршунова fashion model 1987 - 2008

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„As for myself, I am splintered by great waves. I am coloured glass from a church window long since shattered. I find pieces of myself everywhere, and I cut myself handling them.“

—  Jeanette Winterson, book Lighthousekeeping

Source: Lighthousekeeping (2004)
Context: You say we are not one, you say truly there are two of us. Yes, there were two of us, but we were one. As for myself, I am splintered by great waves. I am coloured glass from a church window long since shattered. I find pieces of myself everywhere, and I cut myself handling them.

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„To my horror I always find only myself in all that I create; the Other, whom I need, I never find: a free man himself must create himself; I can only create slaves!“

—  Richard Wagner German composer, conductor 1813 - 1883

Original: (de) "Zum Ekel find' ich ewig nur mich in Allem was ich erwirke; das And're, das ich ersehne, das And're erseh' ich nie: denn selbst muß der Freie sich schaffen; Knechte erknet' ich mir nur."
Source: Quotes from his operas, Die Walküre, Wotan, Act 2, Scene 2

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„I do not think unless I think of things — and there I find myself.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

Source: Striking Thoughts (2000), p. 21
Context: If thought exists, I who think and the world about which I think also exist; the one exists but for the other, having no possible separation between them. Therefore, the world and I are both in active correlation; I am that which sees the world, and the world is that which is seen by me. I exist for the world and the world exists for me. … One sure and primary and fundamental fact is the joint existence of a subject and of its world. The one does not exist without the other. I acquire no understanding of myself except as I take account of objects, of the surroundings. I do not think unless I think of things — and there I find myself.

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„I can only help myself.“

—  William Fitzsimmons American musician 1978

Until When We Are Ghosts (2006), Find It In Me

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