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
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“Imitation is suicide.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for.”
“Flatter yourself critically.”
-Willis Goth Regier
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
“Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.”
“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
“Where’s your will to be weird?”
“Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”
“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
“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.”
“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”
“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.”
“Do what you must,
And your friends will adjust.”
“Just let awareness have its way with you completely.”
“We must be our own before we can be another’s.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
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