“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” Jim Morrison
“Do you realise that everybody’s got some motivation for being who they let you think they are? In fact, most of the people you’ve met aren’t really who they say they are. Sure, their names are correct 90% of the time, but the character they show you is just a facade. The very identity that we’ve come to know for most people is a manufactured avatar of the real person. Human beings haven’t really evolved as people. They’ve just developed more inventive masks to hide the true animals inside. As a result, almost everything that most people do is geared towards some level of misdirection.” 20 Social Masks People Wear
“Any emotions, confusion or resentments I harbored were pushed deep down inside. I smiled and put on The Brave Mask, telling myself not to show the pain I felt because that would upset my parents and I wanted to please them and not to be weak or fall apart.
So I marched on into my teenage years never really expressing myself. In junior high and high school I became popular, hung out with different groups of my peers and wore many new masks.
I had The Party Girl Mask, drinking and trying cigarettes at 13 years old. There was The Sporty Girl Mask when I played on several sports teams.
I wore The Hippie Girl Mask when I went to Grateful Dead concerts and started smoking pot. And I donned the 90’s Grunge Girl Mask and snuck out to music shows in San Francisco.
I remember thinking how exhausted and confused I felt. Which one of these girls is the real me? Who am I?” Erica Spiegelman, The Many Masks We Wear
“We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!” Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear The Mask
“We wear the mask that grins and lies.
It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes.
This debt we pay to human guile
With torn and bleeding hearts…
We smile and mouth the myriad subtleties.
Why should the world think otherwise
In counting all our tears and sighs.
Nay let them only see us while
We wear the mask…” Maya Angelou, The Mask