Be Yourself Quotes

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No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

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I have no home but me.

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You can't change the music of your soul.

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You're Born An Original, Don't Die a Copy!
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.

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Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste.

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My inner self was a house divided against itself.

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The mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.
Every time I deny myself I commit a kind of suicide.
Since God made us to be originals, why stoop to be a copy?
Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong.


"Be yourself" is often the worst advice you can give people.
What's a man's first duty? The answer's brief: to be himself.

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If virtue
can't be mine alone
at least my faults
can be my own.


While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

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To be a gentleman is to be oneself, all of a seam, on camera and off.

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I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.


The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.


Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he
Who finds himself, loses his misery.

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Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within.

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If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.

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Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.
If a man can reach the latter days of his life with his soul intact, he has mastered life.

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Maybe taking ourselves for somebody else means that we cannot bear to see ourselves as we are.
One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.


You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.
We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.

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If I am comfortable inside my skin, I have the ability to make other people comfortable inside their skins.
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be.


Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure.


We get so much in the habit of wearing a disguise before others that we eventually appear disguised before ourselves.


Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

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Why not be oneself?  That is the whole secret of a successful appearance.  If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?


To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.

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Now man cannot live without some vision of himself.  But still less can he live with a vision that is not true to his inner experience and inner feeling.

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No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.


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?

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The Bhagavad Gita—that ancient Indian Yogic text—says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.
Do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems good to do so; do only that which you must do and which you cannot do in any other way.


A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.  This need we may call self-actualization.

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Imagine awaking from a torpor having forgotten how your friends and family see you. Perhaps, unchained from everyone's expectations for how you ought to behave, you could be whoever you liked.


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.

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You know who you are inside, but people outside see something different.  You can choose to become the image, and let go of who you are, or continue as you are and feel phony when you play the image.

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There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.  Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home.

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One should stick by one's own soul, and by nothing else.  In one's soul, one knows the truth from the untruth, and life from death.  And if one betrays one's own soul-knowledge one is the worst of traitors.


At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human 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.

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I'm a human being who remained independent, resisted conditioning, never belonged to any religion, political party, organization, nation, race. I've been myself, without any adjective. That has given me integrity, individuality, authenticity, and the bliss of fulfillment.


The best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive.  At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: "This is the real me!"


The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours, then you'll die searching, you'll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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"What does it mean to be yourself?" he asked. "If it means to do what you think you ought to do, then you're doing that already. If it means to act like you're exempt from society's influence, that's the worst advice in the world; you would probably stop bathing and wearing clothes. The advice to 'be yourself' is obviously nonsense. But our brains accept this tripe as wisdom because it is more comfortable to believe we have a strategy for life than to believe we have no idea how to behave."