37 Inspiring Quotes About Being Different

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We are all wondrously unique, but we don’t always feel confident in our originality. Here are some inspiring quotes about being different, and embracing the parts of us that make us unique.

Pssst. Do you know what makes you different? Check out these guides on getting to know yourself!

Be Different Quotes

One of many inspiring quotes about being different. On the left, a person in a sunhat is smiling happily looking up at the sky in a field of sunflowers. On the right, the quote on being different reads: "Better to embrace the discomfort of being different than the comfort of fitting in." – Ogwo David Emenike

“Better to embrace the discomfort of being different than the comfort of fitting in.” – Ogwo David Emenike

“Live your life to its fullest potential and don’t really care too much about what other people think of you.” – Lil Nas X

“No matter what your differences are, you have to embrace them and be proud of the way you are.” – Jazz Jennings

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

“The key to me is being different not for the sake of being different, but being the most authentic version of what you do. And definitely it takes a willingness to be different, because there was resistance for me early on, and I feel like that’s usually the case when there’s a certain paradigm or trend happening, and you step outside of that.” – Sam Hunt

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

An inspiring quote about being different, by an unknown author, over an image of a red umbrella standing out amongst grey ones. Text is highlighted in black and reads: "Don’t be afraid of being different – be afraid of being the same as everyone else."

“Don’t be afraid of being different – be afraid of being the same as everyone else.” – Author Unknown

“You can make life very simple or very complicated. Some people try to be what others want them to be. Others try to be different just to stand out. In both cases, they are changing themselves to impress others. Neither of these paths has a heart. Just be true to yourself. It’s that simple.” – Mike Stutman

“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 Ruffin

The Beauty of Being Different Quotes

Being different is beautiful. Without each of us having our own brilliant uniqueness, the world wouldn’t be as bright and colorful.

Here are some quotes about being different and beautiful in our own unique ways.

A split image featuring a quote about being different. On the left, an photo of someone wearing canvas sneakers on one foot and a ballet slipper on the other. On the right, text reads: "The beauty of life is to be different. Set yourself apart from the crowd, and flourish into the person you were meant to be." – Julian Aguilar

“The beauty of life is to be different. Set yourself apart from the crowd, and flourish into the person you were meant to be.” – Julian Aguilar

“Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative.” – Sonya Parker

“I thought not fitting in was something I had to fix. Now I see it as my superpower.” – Maxime Lagacé

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

One of many lovely Maya Angelou quotes about being different. "If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." The text is white and overlayed on a colorful sunset background.

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

“Being gifted means facing the next level of depth without ever being repulsed by the curse that comes with the magic of being different.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones

“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

“I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.” – Tila Tequila

Inspirational Quotes About Uniqueness

Here are some more quotes about being different, inspiring you to live for yourself and embrace your uniqueness.

A split image featuring one of many quotes about being different. On the left, an image of a person holding a key. On the right, the being different quote: "Originality is the key to being memorable." – Suzy Kassem

Originality is the key to being memorable.” – Suzy Kassem

“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

“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

“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” – Emma Stone

In the background, an artist with paint on their hands holds out a magnifying glass. In the magnifying glass is one of Dr. Seuss quotes about being different: "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

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

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Author Unknown (often misattributed to Oscar Wilde)

“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

“I’m different than everyone else because everyone else is not me.” – Julian Aguilar

“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

“The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else which makes you unique. The problem with most people is that they spend their lives trying to emulate others and so we have lots of copies but few originals.” – Walt Disney

More Quotes About Being Different

To the left, a person stands on a hill and looks out over a city. To the right, one of Albert Einstein's quotes about being different: "The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been."

“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” – Albert Einstein

Until we respect our own, and everyone’s, right to be different, to make our own choices, and create our own conscious realities free from imposition and pressure to conform, we will remain in a prison of our own making.” – David Icke

“The right to be different, whether by choice or necessity, is our greatest right as human beings.” – Harriet Lerner

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Author Unknown (often misattributed to Dr. Seuss)

A beautiful sunset in the background, in the foreground is a quote on being different: "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not." – André Gide

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

“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” – Joubert Botha

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

“I have long ago accepted that I am a little crazy and a little weird. It wasn’t that exciting a revelation though. Turns out everyone is.” – Dan Pearce

A person plays a hand drum on the left side of the photo. On the right, is an inspiring quote about being different, by Henry David Thoreau. Text reads: "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 he hears, however measured or far away."

“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 he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

And I’ll conclude with my favorite quote about being different, from animal behaviorist and autistic advocate, Temple Grandin:

I am different. Not less.

This is one of my favorite quotes about being different because it so simply sums up the whole idea, here.

A lot of us have fear that if we are “different”, we’re somehow less than the rest. But it is our differentness that makes us who we are, and there is value in each and every one of us.

We are all unique in our own way; there is no one quite like me, nor anyone quite like you.

I hope some of these being different quotes have inspired you to embrace the fullness of your unique self. The world could always use more authenticity.

Sincerely,

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Riley, he/they pronouns

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