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The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. These top 20 be yourself quotes will help remind you of your self-worth and encourage you to embrace yourself for exactly who you are – flaws, quirks, and all.

It’s time to be unapologetically YOU!!

We are constantly told who we should be, how we should feel, what we should do and where our limits are… but it is up to us to decide the path we want to walk in our own lives.

Here are the best quotes of all time on how to be yourself!

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1. Embrace who you are

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

– Oscar Wilde

2. You are beautiful as you are

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

– Coco Chanel

3. Stop comparing yourself to others

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.

– Lao Tzu

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4. Don’t worry about what people think of you

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

– Bernard M. Baruch

5. Be yourself completely

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. You are you

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

– Dr. Seuss

7. Don’t try to be someone else

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

– Steve Jobs

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8. Be brave enough to be yourself

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

– Luna Lovegood

9. Have faith in who you are

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

– Bruce Lee

10. Your life belongs to you alone

You only have one life to live. Make sure it’s yours.

– Eleanor Brown

11. Inspire change

Change the world by being yourself.

– Amy Poehler

12. Be anything you want

In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.

– Etta Turner

3. Live a life of purpose

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

– Dolly Parton

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14. Be the best version of yourself

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

– Judy Garland

15. You are worthy

Be yourself because an original is worth more than just a copy.

– Suzy Kassem

16. You are perfect

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

– St Francis de Sales

17. Allow yourself to be

Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, ‘I will simply be.“

– Henry David Thoreau

18. Shine bright

To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.

– Roy T. Bennett

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19. Let love guide you

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

– Rumi

 20. Ignore the haters

Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.

– Lady Gaga

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The Best "Be Yourself" Quotes to Embrace Who You Are

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Medically reviewed by N. Simay Gökbayrak, PhD — By Sandra Silva Casabianca — Updated on February 14, 2022

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to embrace who you really are, these quotes may be a starting point.

You are a unique result of the events you’ve experienced, the people you’ve interacted with, and the temperament you were born with.

Yet, from time to time, it’s natural to lose clarity on who that “you” is.

For one, change is a constant in life. But also, facing other people’s expectations and demands — particularly of those you love — can sometimes get in the way of embracing yourself.

Maybe that’s why American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

And here you are, en route to achieving it. We at Psych Central salute you. We honor you. And we hope these inspiring quotes are good company on your journey.

“You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.

― Jonathan Davis, singer and songwriter

“If life is a stage and you are your own agent, then don’t hesitate to play the character you wish to play.”

― Richelle E. Goodrich, author and poet

“Once I began to realize that there were no rules and that my path didn’t have to look like everyone else’s, I relaxed and my whole world opened up.”

– G. Brian Benson, award-winning author and inspirational speaker

“Let today be the day you stand strong in the truth of your beauty. Journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others.”

― Steve Maraboli, author and behavioral science academic

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

― Vironika Tugaleva, author, poet, and activist

Nobody is wired wrong because there’s no wrong and right in the way we are.”

― Hannah Hart, YouTube personality, author, and actress

“Being yourself means shedding all the layers of looking good, wanting to be liked, being scared to stand out, and trying to be who you think people want you to be.

― Jeff Moore, creator of Everyday Power

“‘Whatever you did today is enough. Whatever you felt today is valid. Whatever you thought today isn’t to be judged.’ Repeat the above each day.”

― Brittany Burgunder, certified professional coach and author

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

— Mary Anne Radmacher, writer, artist, and workshop leader

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

— Maya Angelou, legendary writer, poet, and civil rights activist

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

― Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the United Kingdom

“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, children’s author and filmmaker

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

— Charles R. Swindoll, evangelical Christian pastor, author, and radio personality

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

Meg Medina, author and Newbery medalist

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

— Howard Thurman, author, educator, and civil rights leader

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, author, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition

“I do not seek the approval of people who do not approve of me.”

― Maria Koszler, writer, poet, and artist

How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”

― Rupi Kaur, poet and author

“Just because you are blind and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

― Margaret Cho, comedian, actress, and author

“The freedom to be yourself is a gift only you can give yourself. But once you do, no one can take it away.”

― Doe Zantamata, author

“Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.”

― Tyler Kent White, writer and poet

“You are your own teacher. Investigate yourself to find the truth ― inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.”

― Ajahn Chah, Buddhist monk and teacher

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”

― John Mason, author and speaker

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

― Nelson Mandela, revolutionary, political leader, civil rights advocate, and former South African president

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by other people’s opinion.”

― Red Haircrow, writer, psychologist, and educator

“I challenge all of us to accept our negative traits as eagerly as we embrace our positive qualities. Ignoring our faults gives them power, understanding our shortcomings gives us the opportunity to do better ― and be better.”

― Gabe Howard, host of the Inside Mental Health podcast

“My brown girl, love the skin you’re in. And embrace who you are within.”

― Christina Ward, Psych Central Editor

“These lyrics in ‘Encanto‘ stand out to me: ‘What could I do if I just knew it didn’t need to be perfect? It just needed to be?’ Because it’s so true. It’s OK to just be you — no perfection needed.”

― Susanne Arthur, Psych Central Editor

“I am a spirit, who has a soul, and lives in a body. It’s so easy to get consumed with the temporal, I like to remind myself my true nature is unseen and unmoved by the cares of this world.”

― Kristin Currin-Sheehan, Psych Central Editor

“The power of loving and being yourself is that even if nobody else is around, you’re always in great company.”

― Sandra Silva Casabianca, Psych Central Editor

Last medically reviewed on February 14, 2022


Medically reviewed by N. Simay Gökbayrak, PhD — By Sandra Silva Casabianca — Updated on February 14, 2022

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Quotes and aphorisms about hugs

January 21st is International Hug Day. According to the conditions of this holiday and traditions, even strangers can be hugged on this day.

To hug someone means to invite that person into your world. It means to hope that you will forget your sadness in my hands. It means hoping that you stop crying in my arms. When you hug another, it means that you want to embrace that person's life.

The series "Radio "Romance""

It doesn't matter who hugs you and when. Sometimes you just need a hug.

Film "Glimpses of Hope"

One day someone will hug you so tightly that all your broken pieces will stick together.

The series "Grey's Anatomy" ("Grey's Anatomy")

More than anything, we want to be hugged... and told... that everything.... that everything will be fine.

Truman Capote "Other Voices, Other Rooms"

It is very important that people feel comfortable hugging.

Jonathan Safran Foer "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Everything burns in hugs - reproaches, desires... There is nothing after hugs.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery "Manon, the Dancer"

Renowned family therapist Virginia Satir recommended hugging a child several times a day, saying that four hugs are absolutely necessary for everyone just to survive, and at least eight hugs a day are needed to feel good! And, by the way, not only to the child, but also to the adult.

Julia Gippenreiter “Communicate with a child. How?"

I'm not the kind of person who hugs - I'm the kind of person who will ruin your life if you don't do what I say.

Cartoon "Penguins from Madagascar"

It was much harder for me to resist this look than his iron embrace.

Charlotte Brontë "Jane Eyre"

You know, my grandmother is the hugging champion of the world! How it flies, how it hugs! Carlson, dear!

Cartoon "Carlson is back"

It is impossible to find happiness in oneself without trying it in the arms of at least one person.

Elchin Safarli "I was promised you"

Hug me, that's all I need right now. This gesture is as ancient as humanity itself, and it means much more than just the contact of two bodies. I hug you - it means that there is no threat from you, I'm not afraid to let you get very close - it means that I feel good, calm, and next to me is someone who understands me.

They say that every sincere and heartfelt hug prolongs our lives by one day.

Paulo Coelho "Aleph"

- Why don't you like to hug, Doctor?
- I don't trust hugs. They are designed to hide the face.

The series "Doctor Who" (Doctor Who)

I liked how friendly and respectful Zeytin looked at me, and then hugged me: a person who knows how to hug is a good person; I once again thought that he believed more than others in my book.

Orhan Pamuk "My name is Red"

It happens like this: they hug you, and you seem to be a million miles away.

Ray Bradbury "Wind"

I am beginning to understand the true meaning of hugs. We hug to be hugged.

John (Joseph) Maxwell Coetzee "The Iron Age"

No need to strain yourself, you need to hug more often!

Cartoon Beavers

Do you know what worries me? A world without hugs.

Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor

I asked the wisest one: "What did you extract
from your manuscripts?" The wisest said:
"Happy is he who is in the arms of a gentle beauty
At night, he is far from the wisdom of books!"

Omar Khayyam

Do not hug anyone you have to,
Not everything is good that comes easy!

Eduard Asadov

Hugging is public sex in clothes.

Movie How I Met Your Mother

People who are rarely hugged are more likely to get sick and die faster.

Janusz Wisniewski

It's good to be hugged. Well, why can't relationships be limited to simple, wordless comforting gestures? Why only mankind learned the language?

JK Rowling "Random Job"

Nothing disarms people like sincere words and strong hugs. (Erich Maria Remarque)

The best gift is a hug: one size fits all and no one minds if you return it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A kiss and a hug can fix any trouble when it comes from the heart. (George Carlin)

The Creator arranged it so that a woman is born and continues indefinitely - in the arms of a man. (Elchin Safarli)

Hugs can do a lot of good - especially for children. (Princess Diana of Wales)

When you try to hug someone who is hugging you, you cannot feel that person's hug. (Byron Katie)

People who are rarely hugged are more likely to get sick and die faster. (Janusz Leon Wisniewski)

Always remember that there is no embrace in this world that will not open in the end. (Joseph Brodsky "Praise to Boredom")

Nothing scares away nightmares like hot chocolate and strong hugs. (Neil Gaiman. "Coraline")

When you learn to hug yourself with love, many will want to hug you. (Kristina Kashkan)

Sleeping in your husband's arms is no worse than sleeping in a two-story apartment on Park Avenue. Or in a villa in Crete. (Chuck Palahniuk Ghosts)

... The best cure for all adversity is the hugs of a loved one. You can be depressed, upset, broken into a thousand pieces... But as soon as he hugs you, everything immediately falls into place. The pieces are put together. And you are you again ... In the arms of your loved one ... (Oleg Roy)

Hugs - quotes and aphorisms on the website Quote-Citation.Com

Beloved - every time they hug for the first time.

Ilya Shevelev

And half-asleep hands too lazy
Toss and turn on the dial,
And the day lasts longer than a century,
And the embrace never ends.

Boris Pasternak

— They were buried under that avalanche and remained forever in each other's arms!
- Nonsense! They will thaw in the summer!

"Love in the Afternoon"

We lay embracing each other, and each of us was the teacher of the other.

Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers

Each of us is an angel, but with only one wing. And we can only fly by embracing each other.

Luciano De Crescenzo

Hugs can do a lot of good - especially for children.

Princess Diana

Nothing scares away nightmares like hot chocolate and strong hugs.

Neil Gaiman, "Coraline"

The best clothes for a woman are the hugs of a man who loves her.

Yves Saint Laurent

True love needs no explanation. A hot kiss, a deep look, a gentle handshake or a hug are understandable without words.

Mine Reed, "The Quad"

Almost every woman in love is capable of heroism. Understand, she kisses, hugs, gives herself - and she is already a mother. For her, if she loves, love contains the whole meaning of life - the whole universe! But it is not at all to blame for the fact that people's love has taken such vulgar forms and has descended simply to some kind of everyday convenience, to a little entertainment.

Alexander Kuprin, "Garnet Bracelet"

I begin to understand the true meaning of hugs. We hug to be hugged.

John Maxwell Coetzee, Iron Age

A person who can hug is a good person.

Orkhan Pamuk, "My name is Red"

Life is death and death is life; caress one - open the arms of the other.

Ian Banks, "Song of Stone"

It was much harder for me to resist that stare than his iron embrace.

Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre"

I have no doubt that a pretty doll, a beautiful pacifier are good only for a honeymoon, but when the passion cools down - how terrible it is to find in yourself a candle stub instead of a heart, and in your arms - a narrow-minded person and remember that he made her his equal - no, his idol - and that you have to drag the rest of this deadly boring life side by side with a creature unable to understand your words, feel what is in your soul, and empathize with you!

Charlotte Brontë, "The Teacher"

Don't hug anyone,
It's not all good that comes easy!

Eduard Asadov

– Let me kiss you.

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