(one's) own person

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(one's) own person

A person who is true to their own interests, judgments, and beliefs, independent of the influence of others. I've never once worried about where you would end up in life. Even from a young age, you were always your own person.
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For the medium being the same, and the objects the same, the poet may imitate by narration--in which case he can either take another personality as Homer does, or speak in his own person, unchanged--or he may present all his characters as living and moving before us.
When the writer of these introductory lines (Walter Hartright by name) happens to be more closely connected than others with the incidents to be recorded, he will describe them in his own person. When his experience fails, he will retire from the position of narrator; and his task will be continued, from the point at which he has left it off, by other persons who can speak to the circumstances under notice from their own knowledge, just as clearly and positively as he has spoken before them.
The precipitating manner in which Captain Ahab had quitted the Samuel Enderby of London, had not been unattended with some small violence to his own person. He had lighted with such energy upon a thwart of his boat that his ivory leg had received a half-splintering shock.
He felt in his own person the sufferings and death he had witnessed on the battlefield.
As for the barber, he bestowed on him a large pension, and kept him near his own person.
'The Author's object in calling public attention to the system would be very imperfectly fulfilled, if he did not state now, in his own person, emphatically and earnestly, that Mr.
I'm not saying it's correct but I like that he's his own person. I think he does attract a lot of fans and he is good for tennis in a way."
"He wants to be his own person not in William's shadow."
But the danger of creating a savior is that he will be his own person. He will do what he will, and whether his acts are judged good or bad will only be known in the unrolling of time.
The sources said that "al-Baghdadi, since arriving in Mosul, began to change his leaders in the province by others said they were more experienced and belief in his own person" ./ End
Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property; no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding and coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.
"Mikati is attempting to abridge the powers of all ministers and cabinet into his own person, especially that he is the one who resigned and not the ministers of his cabinet." R.Z.
However, Hamilton said that he did not need his father's approval for his tattoos, adding that he is comfortable and proud being his own person.
Hercules's famous father was a poor excuse for a dad, and through his trials, our likable hero learns to become his own person, stepping out of his father's shadow.
I played with him for a few years and he is definitely his own person who will succeed or fail on what he believes in."