Quotes About Being Yourself

Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. If make a purchase through these links, we receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Please see our disclosure for more info.

How many times each day do you mean to say one thing, and say another instead, because you’re worried about what others might think?

How often do you wake up in the morning with one idea in mind for what you want to accomplish, only to find yourself doing something else because of social pressures or personal anxieties?

Do you dress the way you want to dress? Do you listen to the music you really like, or do you follow the herd? Are you working the job of your dreams, or the job of someone else’s dreams?

No lifetime, no matter how successful, will be truly rewarding or happy if you cannot learn to love yourself and be yourself.

And while it may seem harder than ever now, there are writers, philosophers, businesspeople, and celebrities throughout history who have struggled to find their identity, just like you.

But just as others have risen to the challenge, you too can learn how to be yourself.

These quotes about being yourself highlight the struggle to determine your own identity and live the life that is most real in your heart is an age-old fight.

Be Yourself Quotes

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Maruch

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Be yourself, don’t take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive.

Gerard Way

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.

Allen Ginsberg

Faithless To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou
“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” – Rita Mae Brown

You cannot change what you are, only what you do.

Philip Pullman

You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?

Dr. Seuss

Art and life really are the same, and both can only be about a spiritual journey, a path towards a re-union with a supreme creator, with god, with the divine; and this is true no matter how unlikely, how strange, how unorthodox, one’s particular life path might appear to one’s self or others at any given moment.

Genesis P-Orridge

I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.

Coco Chanel
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

E.E. Cummings

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

William Shakespeare

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Where’s your will to be weird?

Jim Morrison
“If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde

I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.

Steve Maraboli

There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.

Anton Chekhov

I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Homer
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?

RuPaul

They can’t scare me, if I scare them first.

Lady Gaga

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

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.

Balzac

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.

Picasso
“Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

Follow your own star!

Dante Alighieri

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

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Marilyn Monroe

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
“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono

If you want to be yourself, sometimes you can’t compare the economic benefit with art.

Kelly Liang

Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

Johann von Goethe

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

Friedrich Nietzsche

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.

Andre Berthiaume

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

Andre Gide

Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in.

Janeane Garofalo
“Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?

Katie McGarry

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.

Jim Morrison
“Don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason. You are enough! Be unapologetically you.” – Steve Mariboli

We hope that these quotes about being yourself have inspired and uplifted you. It’s not always easy to be yourself, but part of that stems from learning to love and respect yourself as you are. These sayings remind us that others have faced that struggle with their self esteem and the judgment of others and won!

Updated on September 8th, 2020.

Photo of author

Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.