Be Yourself Quotes
Never apologize for being yourself.
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
Some people around you will not understand your journey. They don't need to; it's not for them.
No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
What is the seal of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
He who obeys, does not listen to himself.
Don't believe you have to be like anybody to be somebody.
Be in the world, but don't let the world be in you. Love, and yet don't be lost in it. Relate, and yet be alone, utterly alone. Know perfectly well that all relationship is a game: play the game and play it as beautifully as possible and as skillfully as possible.
If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. Elaine S.
Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself - exactly oneself and no one else.
You, being yourself, unknowingly inspire others to be themselves.
The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.
The most important consequence of self-sufficiency is freedom.
Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions.
There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
Can you live completely without ambition, completely without ever comparing yourself with another?
Do not live to satisfy the expectations of others.
Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions of your life and wrap around you like a shawl, to parry stones, to keep you warm.
When you see a mob doing something, it should make you less likely to do it yourself, not more likely.
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. G.K.
When you walk the walk, whether successful or not, you feel more indifferent and robust to people's opinion, freer, more real.
Just stick to your principles. And rest assured that, if you remain true to them, the same people who made fun of you will come to admire you.
Don't let other people decide who you are.
A rebel is the one who lives totally according to his own light and risks everything else for his ultimate value of freedom.
All I want to do is be more like me and be less like you.
Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit.
They laugh at me because I'm different; I laugh at them because they're all the same.
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.
One must know oneself. Even if it does not help in finding truth, at least it helps in running one's life, and nothing is more proper.
You were born God's original. Try not to become someone's copy.
Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.
I teach you rebellion! Come out of the masses. Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light.
You should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are.
Be the person your dog thinks you are.
I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.
I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion - against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.
I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.
Not till we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves.
Become who you are.
Spontaneity is total sincerity.
Our own life has to be our message.
I'd rather be a freak than a clone.
Intuition is allergic to conformity.
Appear as you are, be as you appear.
What the world craves is authenticity.
It is a waste of energy to follow anybody.
Stop letting the world keep score for you.
Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.
To lead others, one must find one's own direction.
You are what existence wants you to be. Just relax.
We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
So whatever you want to do, just do it...Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.
Accept right now that you are magnificent. Being your real, true, authentic self is what's most awesome about you.
Keep being yourself inside you. Keep visualizing what you are aiming for in life. Be patient and know that you will get what you want one day.
It has often been said that a reformation should begin with each man reforming himself.
You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period.
The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.
If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.
When you are in your own lane there is no traffic.
Stop caring about impact and just be the best version of you possible - then you'll naturally have an impact.
I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. And I'm going to figure out what that is.
Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.
This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.
If you don't say what you think then you kill your unborn self.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you.
If you worry about your reputation you don't deserve to have one.
The simplest means of procuring protection from other men is security of quiet solitude and withdrawal from the mass of people.
People follow the latest fashion and think they're being rebels. In reality they're clueless conformists. Rebellion is essentially of the soul. It has nothing to do with outward appearance. Real rebels are inwardly oriented. They don't like to attract the attention of masses.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized.
If you don't set your own values, other people will.
The effect of life in society is to complicate and confuse our existence, making us forget who we really are by causing us to become obsessed with what we are not.
Humans are born free, but habituated by society to obey by default. Flex your freedom muscle by questioning instead of blindly following authority.
The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts, to be responsible. Only if he does so will the society live, and change, and adapt, and survive. We are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society formed upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution.
The world is so busy telling us who we should be, that we forget who we are.
The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.
As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves.
The tighter you cling to your current identity, the harder it becomes to grow beyond it.
If they could they would not allow you to think for yourself.
To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is.
Society tames the wolf into a dog. And man is the most domesticated animal of all.
Nothing is yet in its true form.
Consult your conscience; rather than popular opinion.
One has to be a teacher to oneself and a disciple of oneself; there is no authority, there is only understanding.
If you know your being, there is no question of becoming. All that you could have ever imagined to become you already are.
Man has to create himself. He is not ready-made, he is not given. And the creation has to be a self-creation - nobody else can make you.
Remember: no attachment should grow, no clinging should grow. They are all against your independence, your freedom, your individuality.
Just keep coming home to yourself. You are the one you've been waiting for.
Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without.
I have no responsibility to live up to what others expect of me. That's their mistake, not my failing.
The most important things in life are measured internally. You have an inner scoreboard. Playing to someone else's scoreboard is easy. But when you look up at the end after winning, you'll feel empty as you discover you won the wrong game. Play your own game.
You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.
Self-understanding is the scariest path, hence why only the brave will reach it.
This balance between tribe and individuality, community and uniqueness, was a surprise in a world that makes us think we have to make a choice between them.
A path of personal conviction offers great challenges and profound rewards. The journey may lead towards the tribe or away from it. The way of purpose is alive with a sense of intrinsic meaning. This is the rocky and uncrowded road of the self-responsible individual.
He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is.
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.
Love and accept your nature; that is where the journey starts.
When you are dancing and singing with joy, with deep acceptance of yourself as you are, wisdom starts happening.
Accept yourself as you are. And that is the most difficult thing in the world, because it goes against your training, education, you culture.
Knowing thyself is the only way to experience the meaning and significance of existence.
Being comfortable with who you are but knowing that you can improve. That is the balance.
Don't dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be. Dive deeply and fully into it.
If I work at being good at being me and you work at being good at being you, then we will like each other for who we really are.
The journey isn't so much about becoming someone. It's about getting rid of everything that isn't really you.
You can be happy with who you are and still want to be better. You can love your body and still want to improve it. You can appreciate your financial state and still want to improve it. Progress doesn't require self-loathing. You can feel successful along the way.
Listen to your heart more than the opinions of others. A decision made because of the opinions of others is one we often come to regret.
Strictly speaking, when someone does not like us, it is not our problem but theirs. This becomes a problem only if we let it bother us.
In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher.
Don't be afraid to shine bright, be joyful and honor the whole truth of who you are.
The minute you stop caring what others think, is the minute you start being yourself.
Never label yourself. The less you define yourself by, the less constraints to growth.
We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.
Own your truth and tell your story. It's time to embrace your unique soul signature.
Focus on being true to yourself and self-sufficient, and you'll eventually find like-minded people.
People tend to take pride in who they are. And that's a bad idea, because that stops you from becoming who you could be. Because, if you're proud of who you are, you won't let that go when it's necessary; you won't step away from it.
I wanted to become me, totally me. The more me, the better. I instinctively knew this and I was right.
Forgetting oneself is opening oneself.
Realization of one's true nature is happiness. When one reaches happiness, one is close to perfection. This is Tao.
It's easy to get distracted watching what everyone else is doing. Tend to your own fire.
I want to continue being crazy; living my life the way I dream it, and not the way the other people want it to be.
Rebellion is the fire, passing through which one gains freedom, individuality, integrity and only after that can one relax and be oneself.
Aloneness is a flower blooming in your heart. Aloneness is positive. It is the joy of being yourself. It is the joy of having your own space.
The person who can be happy alone is really an individual. If your happiness depends on the other, you are a slave; you are not yet free, you are in bondage.
I've learned that there is nothing more consistent with unhappiness than spending your time in a way that doesn't serve who you are.
The thicker your skin, the more original you can be, the better you will create, the more satisfied you will be.
How much time do you spend judging the choices of other people? Practically nothing. You're too damn busy thinking about your own life. Guess what? Other people are the same. No one is paying attention. Just be yourself.
A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.
What if finding ourselves is not a destination but an ongoing process.
Be vulnerable. People will either love you for it, or not care at all.
We are constantly invited to be who we are.
Every human being should keep alive within them the sacred flame of madness.
Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.
An enlightened man had but one duty - to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.
Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for.
Worse than fear of failure is fear of criticism. People are gonna talk sh*t no matter what you do. You do nothing and you're a loser. You do something and you care too much. Just do what you want and enjoy life.
Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that's what maturity is all about.
The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are.
Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care of yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination.
Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous.
You've got to keep control of your time, and you can't unless you say no. You can't let people set your agenda in life.
You can escape competition through authenticity, when you realize that no one can compete with you on being you.
When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
If you change the way you behave for the sole purpose of being liked, you will probably end up hating the person you have become.
The way to get out of the competition trap is actually to be authentic. The way to retire is actually to find the thing that you know how to do better than anybody. And, you know how to do that better than anybody because you love to do it.
Doing what everyone else thinks you should do is almost always a sure path to average.
The only person worth competing against is who you were yesterday.
Once you realize your only competition is yourself, you win.
Doing what everybody else is doing feels like the safest thing to do. But it's also the most competitive, which makes it the riskiest.
You perform best when you don't think about it, i.e. when you are not self-conscious. This is also called being yourself. You can be yourself only when there is no inner conflict or self-division. This usually happens when you are not self-conscious - when you let yourself go.
At your birth a seed is planted. That seed is your uniqueness. It wants to grow, transform itself, and flower to its full potential. It has a natural, assertive energy to it. Your Life's Task is to bring that seed to flower, to express your uniqueness through your work.
If you are worried about what others might think then you will never really create anything.
Never be afraid of the qualities that set you apart and draw attention to you.
If you don't like what someone has to say, argue with them.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But fortunately we are not apples, so we always have the option of getting up and moving as far away from the tree as we want.
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.
Respect your uniqueness, and drop comparison. Relax into your being.
Be yourself and let others be themselves and this life, this planet, can become the lotus paradise here-now.
People cannot change who you are and what you were born to be.
When you have something to say, silence is a lie.
There's a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.
There's a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.
Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them.
One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many.
Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
We are in a culture that demands authenticity from others....then punishes them when their authenticity doesn't conform to the norms of the culture.
Tension means you want to be something else which you are not.
You are being taught everything, but you are not being taught to be yourself. This is the ugliest form of society possible, because it makes everybody miserable.
Listening so much to others and conforming our behavior to them, we slowly lose a sense of our uniqueness and the ability to think for ourselves. The only solution is to develop self-awareness and a superior understanding of the changes that occur in us in groups.
The moment I figure out something is a waste of time, I leave immediately.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.
All great souls are rebellious at heart. He who is a conformist is doomed to mediocrity.
It is only the man who walks alone that is able to reach the highest of heights. For he has come to see with pristine clarity that every possible influence from society and its people can only shrink his vision and narrow his stride.
I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.
It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are.
Seek only to be genuine. Strive to be sincere. Do what you can do. Then let it rest.
If you're not saying yes with enthusiasm to something just say no.
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
Never try too hard to make people like you. In fact, it doesn't matter if people like you or not. Be your best self and you'll attract the best people for you. This is the power of authenticity.
It is better to be inconsistent but authentic than being consistent but inauthentic.
If you don't stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
Part 1. In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric.
Part 2. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.