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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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