With so many great quotes from even greater minds at our disposal, what constitutes a quote becoming one of the best quotes ever?

I mean, it’s a pretty tall order. There are so many variables to consider, which constantly change based on what’s going on in your life.

One day, a quote will resonate, the next, not so much. It’s like hearing a new song that’s so directly related to your life that you become a walking epiphany: you listen to it on repeat for so long that eventually it loses its strength.

The best quotes ever have to slap you in the face. All. The. Time.

They have to focus on the one thing you’ll always strive for: being authentic and genuine, and not falling victim to external pressures that push you to become who you “should” be, instead of enhancing who you already are.

The quotes below are your slap in the face: a reminder to always go with your gut and trust that you know best.

30 of the Best Quotes Ever

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“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“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

“Imitation is suicide.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for.”
-Oliver James

“Flatter yourself critically.”
-Willis Goth Regier

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
-Mark Twain

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
-Cyril Connolly

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
-Virginia Satir

“Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.”
-Steve Maraboli

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
-Roger Babson

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
-Kurt Cobain

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
-Chinese Proverb

“Where’s your will to be weird?”
-Jim Morrison

“Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”
-Angelina Jolie

“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
-Joss Whedon

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
-Oscar Wilde

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
-Sylvia Plath

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-Anaïs Nin

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
-Socrates

“If you seek authenticity for authenticity’s sake you are no longer authentic.”
-Jean Paul Sartre

“If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”
-David Carradine

“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”
-Anaïs Nin

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.”
-Dodinsky

“Do what you must,
And your friends will adjust.”
-Robert Brault

“Just let awareness have its way with you completely.”
-Scott Morrison

“We must be our own before we can be another’s.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
-William Shakespeare

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