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Identity may refer

Social sciences


  • Accounting identity, calculation or measurement that must be true regardless of the value of its variables
  • Corporate identity, "persona" of a corporation by way of branding or use of trademarks

Computer science

  • Identity (object-oriented programming), describes the property of objects that distinguishes them from other objects
  • Digital identity, representation of a set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject
  • Federated identity, assembled identity of a person's user information, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems
  • Identity column, database field that uniquely identifies every row in the table and is made up of values generated by the database
  • Identity management, administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to resources by placing restrictions on them
  • Online identity, social identity that an internet user establishes in online communities and websites

Culture and the arts

Identity authentication



See also


Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikiquote

In philosophy, the self is the idea of a unified being which is the source of an idiosyncratic consciousness.


  • The Arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man’s self.
  • The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one’s own mind.
  • Cogito, ergo sum.
  • I think, therefore I am.
    • Descartes Discours de la Méthode, Discourse on the Method (1637)
  • Identity is an illusion, a temporary state. Everyone is searching for it, but it’s only a brief reflection in a very shallow pool of time.
    • Olivia Dresher (b. 1945), American poet and publisher. ‘Aphorisms by Olivia Dresher’ on, Olivia
  • Self-correction begins with self-knowledge.
  • The best mirror is an old friend.
    • George Herbert Jacula Prudentum (1651) (17th Century English proverb)
  • If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now - when?
    • Hillel, from Leo Rosten's Treasury of Jewish Quotations p. 459 (1972)
  • Self: that invisible chain that snaps tight whenever we stray.
    • Yahia Lababidi (b. 1973), Egyptian-Lebanese essayist and poet. Signposts to Elsewhere (2008)
  • Of course, "O'Blivion" was not the name I was born with. That's my television name. Soon, all of us will have special names — names designed to cause the cathode ray tube to resonate.
  • People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
    • Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), Hungarian-American psychiatrist, writer and academic. The second Sin (1974)
  • To love oneself is the begining of a life-long romance.
    • Oscar Wilde, 'Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young', (1894)
  • Self-image is the beginning and ending of living, I think.
    • Henry Winkler (b.1945), American actor, producer and director. Stated in his appearance on, The One Show, BBC1 (UK) television talk show, 15th May 2009


  • Do not repair another man's fence until you have seen to your own.
  • If you love yourself others will hate you, if you humble yourself others will love you.
  • Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
  • The only reason I self-doubt myself is so others won't do it for me.
    • Brandy Erard
  • If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started.
  • If you don't love yourself, how can you expect others to see what's so beautiful?
  • Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing oneself is enlightenment.

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Identity could mean:



  • Identity (philosophy) is the sameness of two things.
  • Identity theory of mind, in the philosophy of mind, holds that the mind is identical to the brain
  • Personal identity


  • An identity is an equality that holds regardless of the values of its variables.
  • An identity object is an entity that does not change other objects; identity function, identity element and identity matrix

Social science and psychology

  • Identity (social science). In the social sciences, identity has specific meanings, stemming from cognitive theory, sociology, politics, and psychology.
  • Cultural identity is a person's self-affiliation (or categorization by others) as a member of a cultural group.
  • Gender identity is the gender with which a person identifies (or is identified by others).
  • Digital identity is the representation of identity in terms of digital information.
  • Online identity is the digital identity established by computer network users.
  • Psychological identity is the concept that an individual has a unique identity developed relatively late in history.


  • An accounting identity is a basic accounting formulation that must, by construction, hold; for example, the balance sheet of a company must balance. The term may also be used to apply to formulations in economics that have the same characteristics, for example, the balance of payments must balance.
  • Corporate identity is the physical manifestation of a business brand.
  • Identity theft is the deliberate appropriation of someone else's identity (without that person's permission) for criminal purposes.

Computer science

  • Identity (object-oriented programming), a property of objects that allows those objects to be distinguished from each other.
  • Identity column in SQL Server represents a database field whose values are automatically generated by the server, and uniquely identify a row in the table.


  • Christian Identity, a controversial religious belief which holds that Europeans and their descendents are the Biblical Israel

Television, film, music and literature

  • Identity (novel) is a novel written by Milan Kundera.
  • Identity (film) is a movie directed by James Mangold, starring, among others, John Cusack.
  • Identity (album) is an album from Zee with Richard Wright and Dave Harris.
  • Identity (music), a transformation of pitches in music.
  • Identity (game show), a game show on NBC hosted by Penn Jillette.

Other pages

  • Secret identity
  • identity card
  • Identification
  • Biometrics

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