I couldn’t pass this one up from Oscar Wilde:
“Be yourself: everyone else is already taken.”
Wilde could have written not only, The Importance of Being Earnest, but The Importance of Being You. And just think, he was jailed for his homosexuality. (Good thing he’s not in Iran today, where he might be hanged for that.)
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And if that quote still didn’t have you convinced, here’s another one of Wilde’s quotes: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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Oh, Wilde and Voltaire – I could quote both forever. Wonderful quote. Right on target.
דיאנה תודה על כל מה שאת כותבת ושולחת. חיה