Sometimes, it can feel like the world is telling you to be anyone else but yourself. You may receive criticism for being too weird, too outspoken, or just different. It can be hard to take pride in your unique personality and traits, but it’s key for leading a happier and more authentic life. So to help you keep these values in mind, here are some of the best quotes to remind you to embrace your own uniqueness and be yourself.

Understand Your Worth

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

  2. “Just be yourself, there is no one better.” – Taylor Swift

  3. “Don’t try to be someone you’re not, because everyone else is taken.” – Unknown

  4. “You are enough just as you are.” – Megan Lochner

  5. “Never be ashamed of who you are.” – Mark Ingebretson

  6. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. “It’s not about being better than somebody else, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.” – Unknown

  8. “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

  9. “Love yourself instead of abusing yourself.” – Karolina Kurkova

  10. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” – Sally Field

Face Criticism with Courage and Strength

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

  2. “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” – Lady Gaga

  3. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” – Unknown

  4. “I am who I am, and I won’t change for anyone.” – Unknown

  5. “Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Unknown

  6. “The day that you stop caring about what people think of you, is the day when you will finally find yourself.” – Unknown

  7. “Live authentically. Life is not a dress rehearsal.” – Unknown

  8. “The people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch

  9. “Be unapologetically yourself.” – Kinky Friedman

  10. “Dare to be different and don’t be afraid to be proud of who you are.” – Unknown

Inspire Yourself with Empowering Words

  1. “Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” – Iyanla Vanzant

  2. “Be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

  3. “Stay true to who you are.” – Spencer West

  4. “Be you. Do you. For you.” – Unknown

  5. “Be yourself— not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

  6. “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

  7. “Don’t pretend to be someone else; it’s a waste of the person you are.” – Kurt Cobain

  8. “Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” – Phillip Sweet

  9. “Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable – but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being ‘alone’: You can be lonely even surrounded by people.” – Susan Cain

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

As you can see, embracing your uniqueness is essential for a happy and meaningful life. Use the above quotes to gain confidence in yourself and yours beliefs, and remember to be yourself and love who you are. The world has enough conformity, it needs more people who can be proudly and unapologetically themselves.