Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” It is also the greatest struggle, in my opinion, to leave at the door the sentiments and expectations of others and lead with your truth. Lately I’ve looked for inspiration in the words of others to help me resist the urge to become an imitation of someone else and to embrace the person I am.

Here are some of my favorite quotes.

1. Embrace the glorious mess that you are. – Elizabeth Gilbert

2. The thing that is really hard and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning to work on becoming yourself. – Anna Quindlen

3. Be yourself, everyone else is taken. – Oscar Wilde.

4. 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

5. 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. – Harold Whitman

6. It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. – André Gide

7. Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. – Coco Chanel

8. You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. – John Mason

9. 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

10. Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do. — Brené Brown

11. Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire. – St. Catherine of Sienna

12. Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland

13. I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. – Rita Mae Brown

14. The greatest service you can offer the world is to be your own authentic, weird and eccentric self. – Michael Hetherington

15. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. – Allen Ginsberg

16. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

18. Kites rise high against the wind, not with it. – Winston Churchill

19. Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. – Nelson Mandela

20. Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. — Lao Tzu

21. 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. Being yourself means being naked, raw and vulnerable. – Jeff Moore

22. The path to great confidence is not in becoming invincible, flawless, and seemingly perfect. But rather, it is in embracing your humanity, in all its messy glory and tender vulnerability. – Aziz Gazipura

23. If you peg your identity to the things you do, you are facing a never-ending cycle of identity evaluation. – Janeen Latini

24. Nothing can be more hurtful to your heart than betraying yourself. ― Roy T. Bennett

25. The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity. – Tony Robbins