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Celebration (1988) 

When we are too eager for approval, we lose our courage. We say what other people want us to say. We do what other people want us to do. We become what other people want us to become. 

Many men and women choose to wear the masks that public opinion fashions for them. They never tell others what they really believe; they never act out their private convictions; they never feel comfortable with controversy. They prefer to be safe, even if safety makes them the prisoners of convention. 

Integrity is the courage to be one person instead of two-the bravery to let our private self mold our public image, the determination to be the master and not the victim of life-even though disapproval and anger may be the rewards of our honesty. 

Courage is the search for respect, not agreement. 

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