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, 1955
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer
“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.”
~ Steve Maraboli
“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
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
~ Raymond Hull
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
~ William Shakespeare
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
~ Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
~ James Matthew Barrie
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
~ Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
~ Judy Garland
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
~ François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
~ David Carradine
A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
~ Paul Valéry, Mauvaises pensées et autres, 1942
I am told to just be myself, but as much as I have practiced the impression, I am still no good at it.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~ e.e. cummings
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
~ Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1750
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
~ Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
"Be yourself" is about the worst advice you can give some people.
~ Tom Masson
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
Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel
I am much better employed from every point of view, when I live solely for my own satisfaction, than when I begin to worry about the world. The world frightens me, and a frightened man is no good for anything.
~ George Gissing
No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.
~ John Morley
There is just one life for each of us: our own.
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
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?
~ Fanny Brice
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
~ Shakti Gawain
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
Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.
~ Gabrielle Roth
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
~ Steve Jobs
Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.
~ Marianne Moore
The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.
~ Tony Robbins
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
~ Samuel Johnson
It's wonderful when you can bring sparkle into people's lives without fading away from your own true color. Keep the hue in you.
~ Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
~ Oscar Wilde
Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true!
~ Robert Browning, "Bishop Blougram's Apology," Men and Women
Don't forget that your spirit-twinkle makes life's rainbow shine bright.
~ Terri Guillemets
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
~ Johann von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.
~ Anaïs Nin
It is not only possible to be the person you pretend to be, but there is less effort involved.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
We are betrayed by what is false within.
~ George Meredith
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
~ Oscar Wilde
My mom always said I liked to stir the pot with a glittering spoon.
~ Kris Carr
No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.
~ D.H. Lawrence
Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
~ Eric Hoffer
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
~ Desiderius Erasmus
Like the sky opens after a rainy day we must open to ourselves.... Learn to love yourself for who you are and open so the world can see you shine.
~ James Poland
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