Variant: I wonder if it's possible to have happiness without it being at someone else's expense.
Source: Boy Meets Boy
„I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes I seemed to look upon myself.
And I heard a voice saying:
—"Look, this is the Great Magician!“
— P. D. Ouspensky Russian esotericist 1878 - 1947
Card I : The Magician http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/sot/sot02.htm
The Symbolism of the Tarot (1913)
Context: I Saw the Man.
His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle. He stood deep in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate, seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity.
Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic — the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle.
His right hand pointed to heaven, his left to earth. Under his mantle he wore a white tunic girded with a serpent swallowing its tail.
His face was luminous and serene, and, when his eyes met mine, I felt that he saw most intimate recesses of my soul. I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes I seemed to look upon myself.
And I heard a voice saying:
—"Look, this is the Great Magician!
— Lou Reed American musician 1942 - 2013
„How could I choose someone who would force me to give up my own small reach for meaning? I chose myself, and without consolation.“
— Sue Monk Kidd Novelist 1948
Source: The Invention of Wings
„I barely recognize myself
Sometimes I feel like someone else
Don't always have to be perfect
And if I stumble on the way
I don't know I'm gonna be okay
It's alright to get myself dirty.“
— Anastacia American singer-songwriter 1968
— Kobe Bryant American basketball player 1978 - 2020
— Jennifer Haigh Novelist 1968
„It's been months since I last wrote. I've lived in a state of mental slumber, leading the life of someone else. I've felt, very often, a vicarious happiness. I haven't existed. I've been someone else. I've lived without thinking.“
Source: The Book of Disquiet
„I kind of feel like Old Darko died. Like, when I think about myself, or myself when I was playing, I feel like I’m sort of thinking about someone who is dead.“
— Darko Miličić Serbian basketball player 1985
As quoted in "Finding Darko" http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/20211833/nba-bust-darko-milicic-finds-success-back-home-serbia (8 February 2017), by Sam Borden, ESPN
— Hugo Chávez 48th President of Venezuela 1954 - 2013
— Margaret Cho American stand-up comedian 1968
And I'm gonna stay here and rock the mike until the next Korean-American, fag hag, shit starter, girl comic, trash talker comes up and takes my place!
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„I can’t tell you if the stories are true. Men lie without meaning to. They talk as if they had been part of a thing that happened to someone they never knew and only heard of by sixth remove.“
— Leigh Brackett American novelist and screenwriter 1915 - 1978
Source: The Ginger Star (1974), Chapter 10 (p. 65)
„There is this lie floating around that says I am supposed to be able to do life alone, without any help, without stopping to worship something bigger than myself. But I actually believe there is something bigger than me, and I need for there to be something bigger than me. I need someone to put awe inside me; I need to come second to someone who has everything figured out.“
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
„If I’d been someone else in a different world I’d've done something different, but I was myself and the world was the world, so I was silent.“
Source: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„The worse I am, the more I need God. I can't shut myself out from His mercy. That is what it would mean; starting a life with you, without Him.“
— Evelyn Waugh British writer 1903 - 1966
Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder