95 Encouraging Quotes About Being Yourself
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Need some quotes about being yourself to encourage you?
It’s easy to follow the herd and give in to peer pressure and demand for conformity. It is a lot more difficult to strike out on your own and truly be yourself. But being true to yourself is perhaps the greatest gift you can give to the world.
Here are 95 quotes about being yourself to help remind you to keep your head high and work on being your best self.
Side note: Knowing how to be yourself is a critical strategy for creating happiness and life satisfaction. To learn more about this, check out this book, which help you build 53 happiness habits.
17 Being True to Yourself Quotes
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
– Shannon L. Alder
“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”
– Carl Rogers
“Being yourself means shedding all the layers of looking good, wanting to be liked, being scared to stand out and trying to be who you think people want you to be. Being yourself means being naked, raw, and vulnerable.”
– Jeff Moore
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
– Marcus Garvey
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“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”
– Tony Robbins
“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
– Andre Berthiaume
“No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self.”
– Edmond Mbiaka
"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."
– Allen Ginsberg
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life but define yourself."
– Harvey Fierstein
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."
– Judy Garland
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
– Frederick Douglass
"Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day."
– John Wooden
"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
– William Shakespeare
“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.”
– Meg Medina
“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”
– Frank Zappa
“We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.”
– Virginia Satir
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
– Jalaluddin Rumi
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.”
One of the major factors of being yourself is accepting who you are; as you are.
These being true to yourself quotes are inspiring reminders that self-acceptance is one of the cornerstones of happiness. If you want to make yourself happy, one of the single best ways to do it is to stop putting up a false front and be yourself.
But like all good things, we must put in the effort to know ourselves better and accept ourselves for who we are. It can sometimes be difficult to even know who “you are” if you have been putting up a false front for long enough.
This is the sort of mental dissonance that can make people very unhappy. One thing that can be of great help when trying to “find yourself” is taking the time and the steps to really study yourself and your feelings.
One of the best ways to do this is with mindfulness exercises. When you act mindfully, you are often far more in tune with your true desires than when you just blindly react. So, if you care about being yourself, I highly recommend making a few mindfulness exercises a part of your daily routine.
23 Quotes About Being Different
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress, and the way to live.”
– Gianni Versace
“Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”
– Mandy Hale
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.”
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
– Bertrand Russell
“You were born an original. Don't die a copy.”
– John Mason
“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
– St. Catherine of Sienna
“There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.”
– Anton Chekhov
“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”
– Rita Mae Brown
“There are so many different walks of life, so many different personalities in the world. And no longer do you have to be a chameleon and try and adapt to that environment – you can truly be yourself.”
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“Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”
– Quentin Crisp
“Just because they disagree, doesn't mean you ain't right.”
– Toba Beta
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
– Marilyn Monroe
“We are all born originals.”
“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”
– Tyra Banks
“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”
– Johnny Depp
“To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.”
– Irving Wallace
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
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“I’m the pink sheep in the family.”
– Alexander McQueen
“When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.”
– Jodi Picoult
“They can’t scare me if I scare them first.”
– Lady Gaga
“Not all who wander are lost.”
The wisest of the Maiar
“You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you so be you proudly.”
– Tegan Quin
There is nothing wrong with being different. That is what I love about these inspiring quotes about being different. These quotes reaffirm that there is nothing wrong with being unique. In fact, as you can see from these positive quotes, being unique and original is not something we should hide from, but the opposite; it is something we should strive for.
Do you still feel a little unsure about your ability to easily, “be yourself”? Check out this post that discusses some ways to build your positive self-image.
16 How to Be Yourself Quotes
“Kites rise high against the wind, not with it.”
– Winston Churchill
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”
– Coco Chanel
“Don’t let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. A confined identity is a miserable way to exist. Be you and live free. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people that support and love you, just as you are.”
– Jaeda DeWalt
“The only way you’re going to get through life, happily, is being yourself.”
“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”
“Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.”
– Marianne Moore
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“Don't compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.”
– Toby Keith
“You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”
– Irene C. Kassorla
“Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.”
– Brian Tracy
“To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.”
– Dave Pelzer
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
Indian civil rights leader
“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
– John Jakes
“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.”
– Leo Buscaglia
So now that we have talked about how important it is to be yourself, you may wonder if change matters at all? If you should be yourself, after all, the logic might go, why change anything at all?
While it is important to be yourself, change can simply be a way of making a more perfect version of yourself. You don’t need to change who you are you can just add on habits and skills that can work to improve your day-to-day life.
The first positive change you can make is promoting a change in your habits. The idea is to get rid of bad habits you might find on this bad habits list and replace them with some good habits you might find on this good habits list.
15 Quotes About Being Happy with Yourself
“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.”
– Edwin Elliott
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde
“Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.”
– Ellen Sue Stern
“Learn to… be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
– Kurt Cobain
“When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.”
– Terri Guillemets
“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
“Care about what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner.”
– Lao Tzu
“Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.”
– Kanye West
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.”
“If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”
– David Carradine
“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”
– Shirley MacLaine
“Being confident is the key to life. Don’t be afraid to be you! I’m super different from a lot of kids my age with style and personality, and I’m OK with it. And if you are OK with it, everyone else will be, too. Just be yourself.”
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
– Muhammad Ali
"I never want to change so much that people can't recognize me."
– Taylor Swift
In the quotes about being happy with yourself above, we are once again reminded about the link between happiness and being yourself. These quotes remind us, again-and-again, that being ourselves is the key to happiness.
But as we pointed out above, this does not mean that we cannot make changes in our lives. Improving ourselves is different from the “not being yourself” highlighted in the quotes above.
But how can we make the changes?
The best recommendations are changing your habits, creating new skills, and learning new things.
This post, 8 Steps to Learning New Habits, will give you the tools you need to effectively make any habit change you desire.
While this one, 88 New Skills to Learn, will give you some great ideas for skills and knowledge you can add to your repertoire.
14 Love Yourself Quotes
“Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.”
“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
– Brigham Young
“Becoming acquainted with yourself is a price well worth paying for the love that will really address your needs.”
– Daphne Rose Kingma
“Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always 20 times better.”
“You need to love yourself and be yourself one hundred percent before you can actually love someone else.”
– Christina Perri
“To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.”
– Sandra Bierig
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
“My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.”
– Shakti Gawain
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
– Malcolm S. Forbes
“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
– Fred Rogers
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
"Just be yourself. There is no one better."
– Taylor Swift
"I don't want anyone who doesn't want me."
– Oprah Winfrey
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Hopefully, the quotes about being yourself on this page have encouraged you to drop some pretense and actually be yourself. Doing this can only work to increase your daily happiness and contentment.
Along with the quotes for being yourself, we shared some links to positive changes you can make that do not change the core of your who you are — important things like forming new habits and learning new skills.
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Finally, knowing how to be yourself is a critical strategy for creating happiness and life satisfaction. To learn more about this, check out this book, which help you build 53 happiness habits.