45 Being Different Quotes to Help You Be Your Own Unique and Wonderful Self

It may often feel easier to just go along with what everyone else are doing. To not stick your neck out. To not be different.

But that can also be a bad spot to be in.

Because it wears you down as you're afraid of what people may think or say if you show your true self. 

And it can hold your back in your career or love life because you make yourself into a somewhat boring and uncreative version of yourself. A bit zapped out of energy and joy.

In today’s post I’d like to share the best being different quotes.

To help you break out of your shell. To understand how much being yourself fully can truly help you out.

And to help you live a happier and freer life.

And if you want even more positive and self-loving inspiration then check out this post with quotes on being proud of yourself and this one filled with thankfulness quotes.

Inspirational Being Different Quotes

Being Different Quotes to Help You Be Your Own Unique and Wonderful Self

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Maya Angelou

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

“I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

“A person who is truly cool is a work of art. And remember the original works of art cost exponentially higher than imitations. Just take a look at the coolest people in history. They will always be a part of history for being extremely original individuals, not imitations.”
Suzy Kassem

“So what? You're another person, so of course you look different. What do you need to be ashamed for?”
Yana Toboso

“To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.”
E. E. Cummings

“When you are like everyone, you are nobody; but when you are different from everyone, you are somebody.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Being different and thinking differently make a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. It honors the unique minority the majority cannot forget.”
Suzy Kassem

“Sometimes, being different feels a lot like being alone. But with that being said, being true to that and being true to my standards and my way of doing things in my art and my music, everything that has made me feel very different…in the end, it has made me the happiest.”
Lindsey Stirling

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”
Cecil Beaton

“Do not be afraid to color outside the lines. Take risks and do not be afraid to fail. Know that when the world knocks you down, the best revenge is to get up and continue forging ahead. Do not be afraid to be different or to stand up for what's right. Never quiet your voice to make someone else feel comfortable.
No one remembers the person that fits in. It's the one who stands out that people will not be able to forget.”
Nancy Arroyo Ruffi

“There is no such thing as a weird human being, It's just that some people require more understanding than others.”
Tom Robbins

“When you embrace your difference , your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that's when you start to shine.”
Bethenny Frankel

Insightful Being Different Quotes

“There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement, and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.”
Eugene Kennedy

“My advice to anyone being picked on for being different or for working towards a dream is to remember it's never personal. These people don't actually dislike you at heart. They're just going through difficult things in their own personal lives.”
Cassadee Pope

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau

“It's really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength?”
Carson Kressley

“People have a problem with me being different, but that propels me forward in life.”
Mary-Louise Parker

“At the 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

“We are all different. We see things differently. The things I appreciate and value may not be the things you appreciate and value. Our beliefs might conflict. And even if we agree on much, we perceive the world differently.”
Zamm Zamudio

“I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different. And I felt out of place and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.  And then one day I realized something – something I hope you all realize. Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile, and hold your head up and be proud.”
Angelina Jolie

Motivational Being Different Quotes

“You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.”
Henry David Thoreau

“I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful.”
Shania Twain

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”
Albert Einstein

“Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out.”
Oliver Gaspirtz

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can't think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you're different, you will stand out.”
Anita Roddick

“To be successful one has to be one of three bees; the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.”
Suzy Kassem

“Creative people have it hard. There is always something trapped in their noggins yearning to escape like a caged animal, both too free and wild to contain. Little does the world know it will often scrape the inner walls of the mind until it gets what it wants.”
H.S. Crow

“Kites rise high against the wind, not with it.”
Winston Churchill

“Stop apologizing! It's OK if your ideas are different, your goals are big – don't be afraid of what others would say. You are skilled, capable, and talented – you deserve to be a leader, and you are enough . Leaning in can be uncomfortable, so don't be afraid to own your seat, lean back, and kick your feet up.”
Joy Fitzgerald

“So you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”
Mandy Hale

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
Coco Chanel

Short Being Different Quotes

“When you're the only sane person, you look like the only insane person.”
Criss Jami

“You have to dig down to what your own identity is and embrace it. Then you will feel free.”

“I think everybody carries a slight sense of being different, and I know that it comes very naturally to me.”
Louis Theroux

“A fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor.”
Sean Covey

“If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.”
Aldous Huxley

“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.”
Bette Midler

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.”
Jodie Foster

“You don’t have to apologize for who you are and what you want. You are as worthy as anyone else here on this planet and so are your thoughts and dreams.”

“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.”
Luna Lovegood

“When someone becomes successful or rich and famous, people perceive that person as being different. But I'm the same guy I've always been.”
Barry Zito

“As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.”
Robert H. Schuller

“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.”
Meg Medina

“The most incredible beauty and the most satisfying way of life come from affirming your own uniqueness.”
Jane Fonda

If you liked these quotes about being different then share them with a friend that may need them right now or with family on social media or via email.

Want even more inspiration? Check out this post with inspiring quotes about handing liars and dishonesty and also this one about what to do when you feel unappreciated. Plus, you may like this post with good vibes quotes if you need a burst of positive energy.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehack, The Huffington Post and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • I love inspirational quotes, thanks for sharing. As the new year is coming and everyone is looking for some inspiration, you did a great job.