Identity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old identity quotes, identity sayings, and identity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A carpenter is known by his chips.      

Jonathan Swift

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.      

William Shakespeare

A wild goose never laid a tame egg.      

Gaelic (on authenticity)

Be not water, taking the tint of all colors.      

Syrian (on authenticity)

Believe in yourself.      


Birds of a feather, flock together.      

Robert Burton

Clothes may disguise a fool, but his voice will give him away.      


Every man is the architect of his own fortune.      


Everyone is the age of their heart.      

Guatemalan (on youth and age)

Hay is for horses.      

Jonathan Swift

If the shoe fits, wear it.      

Nicholas Breton

Never spend time with people who don't respect you.      

Maori (on courtesy and respect)

One flower makes no garland.      

George Herbert

Tell me whom you love and I'll tell you who you are.     

African-American (on life and living)

The blocks of wood should not dictate to the carver.      

Maori (on art and creativity)

The devil looks after his own.      

Scottish Proverb

We boil at different degrees.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who has deceived thee as oft as thyself.      

Benjamin Franklin

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.      

Irish Proverb

You can't fit a square peg in a round hole.      


You can't judge a horse by its harness.      

Thomas Fuller

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.     

Oscar Wilde

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.     

George R.R. Martin

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.     

Charlotte Bronte

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.     

Chuck Palahniuk

We know what we are, but not what we may be.     

William Shakespeare

Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.     

Orson Scott Card

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.     

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Erik Erikson

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.     

B.R. Ambedkar