Quotes About Being Yourself and Not Caring What Others Think

quotes about being yourselfBelow is a list of quotes about being yourself. Some are about finding the uniqueness which makes you, you. Others are about not caring what others think. Far too many of us repress our true self in fear that if others knew our true self, they wouldn’t like or accept us.

This may sound cliche but when it comes to finding real friends, it’s best to be yourself so that you can tell who they are by seeing which ones stick around. There are certainly times when it’s fine to act like a different person such as at work where it’s probably best not to be your opinionated self and tell your boss what you really think of him/her.

In any case, read these be yourself quotes and hopefully it will help you see more value in yourself.


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

“The older people get, the more they realize how silly it is to care what other people thought of them.” – Tipss.org

“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg. Hans Christian Andersen We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.” – François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

“I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say, ‘This is who I am.’” – Oprah Winfrey

“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

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

“Be grateful for all you can do.” – Shadonna Richards

“Your life is yours and yours alone. Rise up and live it.” – Terry Goodkind

“There is just one life for each of us: our own.” – Euripides

“Life is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to constantly worry about what other people think of you.” – Tipss.org

“The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.” – Andre Gide

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

“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

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” – H.G. Wells

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” – Dalai Lama

“Take the time to come home to yourself every day.” – Robin Casarjean

“If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” – Johann von Goethe

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“In short, who cares! Be yourself, enjoy who you are.” – Byron Pulsifer

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

“The more secure he became in who he was, the less he was threatened by who they were.” – John Penberthy

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“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

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” – Sir Francis Bacon

“If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.” – Barbara Cook

“Most people are too busy worrying about how other people think of them to be thinking about how they should think about you.” – Tipss.org

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

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