Joan Konner is a longtime award-winning television producer and writer. She is the author of several books including You Don't Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing.
In this mind-expanding and soul-searching collection of quotations, she explores the many mysteries and controversies swirling around the understandings of human identity. Konner has cleverly divided the book into the following sections: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Some of the topics covered include the examined life, the narcissist, workaholics anonymous, the inner landscape, altered states, true self, and self-help. Here's a brief sampler of quotes from the paperback book:
• "The I, the I, is what is deeply mysterious."
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
• "I know you are, but what am I?"
— Pee-wee Herman
• "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."
— William Shakespeare
• "Art is coming face to face with yourself."
— Jackson Pollack
• "My one regret in life is that I am not someone else."
— Woody Allen
• "I am a part of all that I have met."
— Alfred Tennyson (Lord Tennyson)
• "Your self is a sun with a thousand rays in your belly."
— Pablo Picasso