190 Be Yourself Quotes That Will Give You Strength

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Here are the best quotes about being yourself. Always keep in mind that being different and unique may seem scary at first, but it can be, in fact, your greatest source of strength. Stay strong, my friend.

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Never apologize for being yourself. Paulo Coelho

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Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

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The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. Rita Mae Brown

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Existence wants you to be you. Osho


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It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. André Gide

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Some people around you will not understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them. Paulo Coelho

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You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you. Robert Greene

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No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else. Buckminster Fuller

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We are the ones we have been waiting for. Alice Walker


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When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn’t have to look outside themselves for approval. Epictetus

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Don’t believe you have to be like anybody to be somebody. Nike

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Don’t let other people decide who you are. Bob Goff

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He who obeys, does not listen to himself. Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

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You change the world by being yourself. Yoko Ono

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If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. Elaine S. Dalton

What is the seal of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself. Friedrich Nietzsche

When you see a mob doing something, it should make you less likely to do it yourself, not more likely. Paul Graham

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. G.K. Chesterton (The Everlasting Man)

Be in the world, but don’t let the world be in you. Love, and yet don’t be lost in it. Relate, and yet be alone, utterly alone. Know perfectly well that all relationship is a game: play the game and play it as beautifully as possible and as skillfully as possible. Osho

Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions. John Stuart Mill (On Liberty)

There’s a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed)

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? Charles Bukowski

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The world just wants your authentic truth. Gabby Bernstein

You, being yourself, unknowingly inspire others to be themselves. Mooji

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most important consequence of self-sufficiency is freedom. Epicurus

Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself – exactly oneself and no one else. Simone de Beauvoir

Can you live completely without ambition, completely without ever comparing yourself with another? Jiddu Krishnamurti

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson (See also: maturity quotes)

Do not live to satisfy the expectations of others. Ichiro Kishimi (The Courage to Be Disliked)

Be nobody’s darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions of your life and wrap around you like a shawl, to parry stones, to keep you warm. Alice Walker

When you walk the walk, whether successful or not, you feel more indifferent and robust to people’s opinion, freer, more real. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Large groups are no place for smart people. Naval Ravikant

Just stick to your principles. And rest assured that, if you remain true to them, the same people who made fun of you will come to admire you. Epictetus

A rebel is the one who lives totally according to his own light and risks everything else for his ultimate value of freedom. Osho

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Part 2. Be Yourself Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Be Yourself Quotes (JFK, Gandhi, Thoreau, etc.)

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The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). Mark Twain

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy

Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. That’s what it means to be true to yourself. Michelle Obama

All I want to do is be more like me and be less like you. Linkin Park (Numb)

I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. Mozart

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russell

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This above all: to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit. Alice Walker

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same. Kurt Cobain

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. Tyrion Lannister (George R. R. Martin, Games of Thrones)

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. Anthony Hopkins

One must know oneself. Even if it does not help in finding truth, at least it helps in running one’s life, and nothing is more proper. Blaise Pascal

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy. Marian Wright Edelman

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E. E Cummings

I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion – against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas. Johnny Cash

I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. Socrates

Not till we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves. Henry David Thoreau

The superior man follows nobody else’s path. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Become who you are. Friedrich Nietzsche

Conformity gets you nowhere. Neil Strauss

Spontaneity is total sincerity. Alan Watts

Our own life has to be our message. Thich Nhat Hanh

I’d rather be a freak than a clone. Joanne Harris

Intuition is allergic to conformity. Bill Masur

Appear as you are, be as you appear. Rumi

It is a waste of energy to follow anybody. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Stop letting the world keep score for you. Shane Parrish

Train yourself to take nothing personally. Robert Greene

You are who you are when nobody’s watching. Stephen Fry

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What the world craves is authenticity. Naval Ravikant

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form. Vladimir Nabokov

Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself. Robert Greene

To lead others, one must find one’s own direction. Zhuangzi

You are what existence wants you to be. Just relax. Osho

We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone. Alice Walker

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. Allen Ginsberg

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Inspirational And Motivational Be Yourself Quotes

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Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable. Conor McGregor

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung

So whatever you want to do, just do it…Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential. Gloria Steinem

Accept right now that you are magnificent. Being your real, true, authentic self is what’s most awesome about you. Gabby Bernstein

Keep being yourself inside you. Keep visualizing what you are aiming for in life. Be patient and know that you will get what you want one day. Yoko Ono

It has often been said that a reformation should begin with each man reforming himself. Søren Kierkegaard

You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear. Robert Greene

Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness. Robert Greene

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw

You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period. David Goggins

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The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself. Peter Thiel

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path. Joseph Campbell

When you are in your own lane there is no traffic. Ashley France

Stop caring about impact and just be the best version of you possible – then you’ll naturally have an impact. Naval Ravikant

“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you. Emily McDowell

I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is. Stephen Chbosky

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there. Gary Snyder

You create yourself moment to moment. You are not born as a fixed entity, but only as a infinite potentiality. Osho

I teach you rebellion! Come out of the masses. Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light. Osho

You should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are. Jordan Peterson

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Funny And Surprising Be Yourself Quotes

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Only dead fish go with the flow. Derek Sivers

Be the person your dog thinks you are. Ricky Gervais

I’m not confused. I’m just well mixed. Robert Frost

This isn’t life in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic. Terry Pratchett

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. Alan Watts

It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world. Dolly Parton

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If you don’t say what you think then you kill your unborn self. Jordan Peterson

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you. Kurt Cobain

If you worry about your reputation you don’t deserve to have one. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The simplest means of procuring protection from other men is security of quiet solitude and withdrawal from the mass of people. Epicurus

Only those who can accept their own annihilation can have the courage to be true individuals. Alan Watts

People follow the latest fashion and think they’re being rebels. In reality they’re clueless conformists. Rebellion is essentially of the soul. It has nothing to do with outward appearance. Real rebels are inwardly oriented. They don’t like to attract the attention of masses. The Ancient Sage

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized. David Goggins

If you don’t set your own values, other people will. Shane Parrish

The effect of life in society is to complicate and confuse our existence, making us forget who we really are by causing us to become obsessed with what we are not. Zhuangzi

Humans are born free, but habituated by society to obey by default. Flex your freedom muscle by questioning instead of blindly following authority. Justin Kan

The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts, to be responsible. Only if he does so will the society live, and change, and adapt, and survive. We are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society formed upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed)

The world is so busy telling us who we should be, that we forget who we are. Bill Masur

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Nothing is yet in its true form. C.S. Lewis

The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you. Paul Graham

As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves. Haruki Murakami (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)

The tighter you cling to your current identity, the harder it becomes to grow beyond it. James Clear

If they could they would not allow you to think for yourself. @AmuseChimp

To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is. Friedrich Nietzsche

Society tames the wolf into a dog. And man is the most domesticated animal of all. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wise Be Yourself Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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Consult your conscience; rather than popular opinion. Publius Syrus

One has to be a teacher to oneself and a disciple of oneself; there is no authority, there is only understanding. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)

If you know your being, there is no question of becoming. All that you could have ever imagined to become you already are. Osho

Man has to create himself. He is not ready-made, he is not given. And the creation has to be a self-creation – nobody else can make you. Osho

Remember: no attachment should grow, no clinging should grow. They are all against your independence, your freedom, your individuality. Osho

Just keep coming home to yourself. You are the one you’ve been waiting for. Byron Katie

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. Frederick Douglass

I have no responsibility to live up to what others expect of me. That’s their mistake, not my failing. Richard Feynman

The most important things in life are measured internally. You have an inner scoreboard. Playing to someone else’s scoreboard is easy. But when you look up at the end after winning, you’ll feel empty as you discover you won the wrong game. Play your own game. Shane Parrish

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential. Joseph Campbell (The Hero’s Journey)

Self-understanding is the scariest path, hence why only the brave will reach it. @orangebook_

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Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without. Zhuangzi

This balance between tribe and individuality, community and uniqueness, was a surprise in a world that makes us think we have to make a choice between them. Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road)

Exercise authority over yourself, or you will be made to bow to the authority of others. Be your own lord and master. @TheStoicEmperor

A path of personal conviction offers great challenges and profound rewards. The journey may lead towards the tribe or away from it. The way of purpose is alive with a sense of intrinsic meaning. This is the rocky and uncrowded road of the self-responsible individual. @TheStoicEmperor

Observe things as they are and don’t pay attention to other people. Huang Po

He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really is. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be. Alan Watts

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Be Yourself Quotes About Believing In Yourself, Being Proud

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In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher. Osho

Don’t be afraid to shine bright, be joyful and honor the whole truth of who you are. Gabby Bernstein

The minute you stop caring what others think, is the minute you start being yourself. Gabby Bernstein

Never label yourself. The less you define yourself by, the less constraints to growth. Derek Sivers

We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are. Fred Rogers

Own your truth and tell your story. It’s time to embrace your unique soul signature. Panache Desai

Focus on being true to yourself and self-sufficient, and you’ll eventually find like-minded people. Ed Latimore

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. May Sarton

People tend to take pride in who they are. And that’s a bad idea, because that stops you from becoming who you could be. Because, if you’re proud of who you are, you won’t let that go when it’s necessary; you won’t step away from it. Jordan Peterson

I wanted to become me, totally me. The more me, the better. I instinctively knew this and I was right. Phyllis Diller

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Be Yourself Quotes About Being Unique And Different

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If you don’t like what someone has to say, argue with them. Noam Chomsky

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. Bruce Lee

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. Friedrich Nietzsche

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But fortunately we are not apples, so we always have the option of getting up and moving as far away from the tree as we want. Neil Strauss

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence. Edgar Allan Poe

Respect your uniqueness, and drop comparison. Relax into your being. Osho (See also: self-respect quotes)

Be yourself and let others be themselves and this life, this planet, can become the lotus paradise here-now. Osho

People cannot change who you are and what you were born to be. Iyanla Vanzant

When you have something to say, silence is a lie. Jordan Peterson

There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality. Clint Eastwood (Wild Open Spaces)

There’s a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough. Alain de Botton

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Robert Greene

Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them. Orhan Pamuk (Snow)

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms. Sensei Ogui (Zen Shin)

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See also: Self-Esteem (YouTube video by The School of Life)

Be Yourself Quotes About Conformity

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One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. Friedrich Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil)

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Friedrich Nietzsche

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. E. E. Cummings

If you change the way you behave for the sole purpose of being liked, you will probably end up hating the person you have become. Thibaut

We are in a culture that demands authenticity from others….then punishes them when their authenticity doesn’t conform to the norms of the culture. Neil Strauss

Tension means you want to be something else which you are not. Osho (The Book of Secrets)

You are being taught everything, but you are not being taught to be yourself. This is the ugliest form of society possible, because it makes everybody miserable. Osho (Joy: The Happiness That Comes from Within)

Listening so much to others and conforming our behavior to them, we slowly lose a sense of our uniqueness and the ability to think for ourselves. The only solution is to develop self-awareness and a superior understanding of the changes that occur in us in groups. Robert Greene

A contrarian isn’t one who always objects – that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform. Naval Ravikant

The moment I figure out something is a waste of time, I leave immediately. Naval Ravikant

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder. Jim Morrison

The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity. Deepak Chopra (The Return of Merlin)

It is better for an exceptional individual to be alone (and in the company of great men of the past and present through their books, etc) than to be in the mediocrizing influence of those around him. A genius is nourished by his solitary rebellion against the ways of society. @TheAncientSage

All great souls are rebellious at heart. He who is a conformist is doomed to mediocrity. @TheAncientSage

It is only the man who walks alone that is able to reach the highest of heights. For he has come to see with pristine clarity that every possible influence from society and its people can only shrink his vision and narrow his stride. Kapil Gupta

If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your integrity. If you need a witness, be your own. Epictetus

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See also: 15 Biggest Pros and Cons of Conformity in Society (connectusfund.org)

Part 4. Conclusion

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Part 1. In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. John Stuart Mill (On Liberty)

Part 2. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time. John Stuart Mill (On Liberty)

My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. “Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?” they asked me the other day. I told them this story: In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day. Tom Waits

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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