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Posted by ESC on April 05, 2001

In Reply to: Proverbs on having pride in yourself posted by R. Berg on April 04, 2001

: : I am looking for a colorful proverb, saying, or idiom that reflects the same meaning as "to thine own self be true." I was using "a leopard can't change it's spots" but was told the origin of that phrase had a negative connotation, like someone who does evil can't necessarly change. I want a phrase that shows you can be proud of who you are and NOT HAVE TO change.

: I'm OK, you're OK. March to your own drummer. Don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my moccasins. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You can't please all the people all the time. Everybody's a critic. Don't let the bastards grind you down. Have the courage of your convictions. Don't hide your light under a bushel.

A few sayings from "This Dog'll Hunt: An Entertaining Texas Dictionary" by Wallace O. Chariton (Wordware Publishing, Piano, Texas, 1989, 1990):
NONCONFORMIST - He throws a different loop; he two-steps to his own beat.
INDEPENDENT - Independent as a hog on ice. Saddles his own horse. Rides his own trail. Totes her own skillet. Paddles his own canoe.