100 Powerful Quotes about Being Yourself


Do you need some encouragement to confidently accept yourself for who you truly are? With our list of encouraging quotes about being yourself, you’ll find the right inspiration to be confident of who you are. And if you want to learn more about living your true authentic self, have a look at our detailed article on how to be yourself.

In a world that constantly wants to change you, fully being yourself and accepting yourself as you are is a great challenge. From crafty marketers that try to monetize your imperfections to socially constructed beauty ideals, we are being confronted with a world that tries to impose its superficiality upon us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, not many seem to encourage you to live your true and authentic self.

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
May Sarton

Instead, everyone wants to change you, everyone wants to add their “secret sauce” to make you perfect, to give you ultimate bliss. Yet no one tries to convince you that you are already perfect the way you are. Even more so, no one seems to highlight what a difference authenticity can have in a world filled with people that shy away from being who they are.

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Powerful quotes about being yourself like this will help you to free yourself from the opinion of others

It’s time to stop with this nonsense and to have the courage to resist the fateful attempt to constantly place everyone. It’s time to speak your mind, to reconnect with your true self, and to be appreciative of who you are.

100 Powerful Quotes about Being Yourself

From famous painters and renowned authors to successful entrepreneurs, history is filled with magnificent individuals who struggled to be themselves. These are the people whose quotes you can read in the following. Every single one of them has had an important breakthrough in their lives that made them realize how important it is to simply be themselves. With our selection of encouraging quotes about being yourself, being kind to yourself will become a lot easier. The quotes will also show you why you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and to focus on your own journey through life.

Here’s our selection of quotes about being yourself


Inspirational quote about being yourself

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”


Uplifting quote about being yourself

“I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.”


Being someone else quote

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
Marilyn Monroe


Sing your song quote

“You were born with a song in the seat of your soul; let the life that you live be the singing of it.”
LaShaun Collier


Quote about being yourself

“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Self-discovery changes everything, including your relationships with people. When you find your authentic self, those who loved your mask are disappointed.”
Vironika Tugaleva


“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


“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”
Vironika Tugaleva


“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are is undergoing a transformation.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti


“The best version of ourselves is to be our true selves; perfection is not necessary.”
Rodolfo Peon


“Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right. It’s called the road less traveled.”
Donald Trump


“What goes on in your innermost being is worth all your love, this is what you must work on however you can and not waste too much time and too much energy on clarifying your attitude to other people.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“Seeking external validation brings disappointment. Validate yourself from within to find true happiness.”
Amy Leigh Mercree


“Once I stopped trying so damn hard to be someone else, I started to enjoy life.”
Gloria Chao


“An authentic life facing reality without mental equivocation is the simplest type of life.”
Kilroy J. Oldster

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“The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are — without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are.”
Debbie Ford


“Do what you have to do. Make doing what you have to do a priority for your life, because if you don’t, you leave yourself behind. You do not have to prostrate yourself at the feet of shame for one more minute or keep begging for forgiveness for being yourself.”
Geneen Roth


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
Lao Tzu


“Love blossoms from the inside out. That is why it is so important to do the work necessary to heal our emotional wounds, to love ourselves and stand strong in who we are. Only then, are we truly free to give and receive love, unconditionally and in abundance.”
Jaeda DeWalt


“I kept becoming larger in her presence, kept returning to who I would have been without the pretense of who I thought I should be.”
Geneen Roth


“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”
Mark Twain


“The hardest thing to ever do is to reveal the naked soul to the world. However, doing so brings healing, growth, strength, and powerful inspiration!”
H.E. Olsen


“Embracing the wonders of nature can help us to discover how to release the inner holdings that have kept us walled off from our true selves.”
Regina M. Powers


“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.”
Heath L. Buckmaster


“Trust the timing of your life. Keep focusing on putting one foot in front of the other, be kind, and follow your heart. Doors will open effortlessly, but first, you have to be ready to walk through.”
Brittany Burgunder


“Never feed someone else’s dream, you will only remain as a ghost in their vision.”
Luis Enrique Cavazos


“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
C.G. Jung


“When we come from an authentic, genuine place in ourselves, our efforts to connect with people work to their fullest. Our relationships develop more easily and last longer, and we feel better about the people”
Michelle Tillis Lederman


“To become nobody but your true self and to struggle against the tide of sameness and the false security of simply fitting in is a fight worth having. To become oneself by contributing one’s native gifts and talents to this troubled world: that is the job to keep applying for and a work worth spending an entire life doing.”
Michael Meade


“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy.”
Roy T. Bennett


“I just felt like… me. And whatever “me” meant, that was perfectly fine and absolutely enough. Everyone should feel that kind of peace and self-acceptance far more often than I think most of us do.”
David Clawson


“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”
Shannon L. Alder


“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton


“Like a protective barrier, I had erected walls in my mind and mannerisms. There, at that moment, I felt the need to tear them down, to reveal my true self. As if my life would not have meaning unless I unleashed my true self on the world.”
D.M. Shiro,


“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.”
Kilroy J. Oldster


“Bushwhacking through unchartered territory is how you discover who you are and what you’re here for. Getting lost is how you find your way. There is no other way.”
Amy McTear


“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”
Jennifer Elisabeth


“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
Brené Brown

These quotes about being yourself are on fire


“Shine your light, be true to yourself, be the best you can be. Show your true colors, be real, be honest, be genuine.”
Hazel Butterworth


“Your true life is the one that would be the greatest gift you could give to others.”
Amy McTear


“Don’t allow anyone to hold you back from expressing your feelings. Maybe you just can’t stand a chance of losing some friends, but if you must be truly you, you must be you! Nothing else!”
Michael Bassey Johnson


“We have the choice of two identities: the external mask which seems to be real… and the hidden, inner person who seems to us to be nothing, but who can give himself eternally to the truth in whom he subsists.”
Thomas Merton


“Let people doubt your sanity. Let them think you’re nuts. Be the mad scientist, the wise fool, the adventure addict who makes others question there own aliveness.”
Amy McTear


“Find people who want to connect deeply, like you’ve always wanted to, instead of constant small talk and head games. Now, you can have real intimacy. Now, you can find your tribe.”
Vironika Tugaleva


“Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people.”
Roy T. Bennett


“Merge into your authentic self and live the life you want.”
Morgan B. Holland


“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.”
Roy T. Bennett


“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”
Abigail Tarttelin


“The most important day is the day you decide you’re good enough for you. It’s the day you set yourself free.”
Brittany Josephina


“Self-acceptance means living the life you choose to live without worrying what others think about you. It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks about you. What matters is what you think about yourself. Life is about choices—your life choices, not someone else’s choice about how you should live.”
Sadiqua Hamdan


“Self-worth is not measured by what you have, no matter how full your life is. Rather, it comes from what you are, how authentically you’re really living your life, and how much you are willing to give to something other than your own insecurities.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Being your true self gives you all the possibilities to be highly authentic.”
Rodolfo Peon


“Of course people have insulted me… that’s just the reality of living a life in which you stand out. Does it bother me? No. Those people overestimate the weight I give their opinion. I’m just going to be me, unapologetically.”
Steve Maraboli


“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Lucille Ball


“Stop pretending to be something you’re not. Free yourself. You are good enough just the way you are.”
Karen A. Baquiran


“It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.”
Henry David Thoreau


“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Oprah Winfrey


“In coping with the world, we come to identify only with our compensatory selves and our reactive minds. We build up our selves out of our defenses but then come to be imprisoned by them.”
Mark Epstein

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“You can’t do passion halfway. Living your passion means you’re all in. You trust your heart and trust your gut wherever that takes you.”
Joe Plumeri


“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”
Erma Bombeck


“Writers give readers courage – the courage to be utterly your complete and complex self.”
Jackie Kay


“True courage comes not just from feeling confident and strong, but from being the honest, authentic expression of yourself. Think about how audacious it is to really believe in yourself.”
Debbie Ford


“Outbreaks of unvarnished truths in the backyard of our true self can be very precious and inspiring, even though we might inconsistently be tempted to give in to the exhilarating perfume of fables and fairy tales or to flattering praise and fiction.”
Erik Pevernagie


“Authenticity soothes the soul.”
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli


“If you are going to accept anything, accept who you are.”
J.R. Rim


“Insecurity is the lack of trust in your abilities and worth. When you enter into a secured state of consciousness, everything that helped boost your confidence will return.”
Itohan Eghide


“Authenticity isn’t about what things appear to be. It’s about allowing things to be what they are. Authenticity is about getting away from hiding, from wearing a mask, from always asking, “How should I act? What should I say? What will people think?” That includes asking, “How should an authentic person act? What would a genuine person say?”
Vironika Tugaleva


“When a person is connected to its true essence, there is nothing more rewarding than continuously developing it; there is no money that can buy the pleasure of putting into practice the talents each person has.”
Claudia Acevedo


“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse.”
Kilroy J. Oldster


“Accept yourself: flaws, quirks, talents, secret thoughts, all of it, and experience true liberation.”
Amy Leigh Mercree


“The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.”
J.K. Rowling


“No one knows your truth but you. If you’re secure in yourself, no one and no(thing) can touch you.”
Brittany Burgunder


“The highest degree of human attainment comes when a person is blissfully at peace with his or her own nature and the natural world.”
Kilroy J. Oldster


“The core essence of you is a beautiful, unique, authentic spirit and you are worthy of everything in life.”
Nanette Mathews


“The work here isn’t to figure out why they didn’t like you, or who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s to practice being okay with the idea that there are some people who will get you and some people who won’t… and that’s fine.”
Reshma Saujani


“Anything is possible if you’re true to yourself.”
Haresh Sippy


“Magick happens when you step into who you truly are and embrace that which fulfills your soul.”
Dacha Avelin


“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”
Shannon L. Alder


“When we embrace who we are the world embraces us right back.”
Amy Leigh Mercree


“Be satisfied with who you are and take pleasure in everything you do.”
Marty Rubin


“The odds are, you highly underestimate how awesome you are. Stop doing that.”
Rob Liano


“Don’t dilute your core message burning in your spirit just to satisfy the masses”
Bernard Clive


“In spite of the horror, in spite of the tragedy, in spite of the weeks of sleepless nights, I’m finally alive. I’m not pretending. I feel real. I’m not playing charades anymore. I wouldn’t go back to the way I was for anything. I’m really like a different person. I’m where I am, and I’m making the most of it. I know I’m courageous now.”
Ellen Bass


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
Sharon Salzberg


“People who don’t follow their hearts are causing a great disservice to themselves, to the world, and to those who they stand by without love.”
Kailin Gow


“Be kind to yourself. Remember that when you abuse yourself, you will experience the anger, regret, and apathy of the bully as well as the depression, anxiety, and insecurity of the victim. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself.”
Vironika Tugaleva


“A rebel is someone who does not conform to the expectations of others: Do not conform to what the past expects of you.”
Jackie Viramontez


“Don’t let others define who you are. Create your own identity, and let your presence reveal your true self.”
Somya Kedia


“Be your authentic self! Who you truly are; not who you learned to be.”
Deborah Day


“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
Diane Von Furstenberg


“The less approval I get, the more chances I have to develop a relationship with my inner sense of approval. Thankless environments are actually useful for this. They help me discover my own thankfulness and my own self-appreciation.”
Vironika Tugaleva


“Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance.”
Brené Brown


“Perfection is not about being better than anyone else. It is the state of peace when you have accepted your unique flawed self”
Henna Sohail


“When you start doing things that are truly in alignment with what your true self wants, what your soul wants, you flourish and life becomes a lot easier.”
Joel Annesley


“Choosing to accept yourself is a political act. An act of liberation.”
Francesca Martínez


“Being your authentic and unapologetic self. Now that’s courage, confidence, and self-love! Never underestimate yourself. There’s great power in simply being you.”
Stephanie Lahart


“Don’t let the bastards get you down. Stay true to yourself and your values. Most of all, keep going.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton


“Accept me for who I am or leave me the way I am, for a true image of God needs no Photoshop and the core of who I really am has no settings.”
Morgan Chabane

I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes about being yourself. What are your favorite quotes from this list?

Stay victorious!


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