How often have you heard someone telling you to “just be yourself”? In reality, being ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to make us everything but ourselves is far from being an easy task. It is a tremendous endeavor!

Our current society is playing on our insecurity to sell us products that will give us a false sense of belonging. It doesn’t sell us products, it sells us values like freedom, power, fame or beauty.

However, do these products help you be yourself ? Isn’t being true to yourself the only real freedom and beauty of life?

My sincere hope is that the following quotes will inspire to truly be yourself, not the person your parents, friends, colleagues or society want you to be. It is not easy, but it is definitely worthy.

Here are the 20 that will inspire you to be truly yourself:

1) Be Yourself, everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

2) I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi

3) I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. – Rita Mae Brown
3)我认为从众的奖励就是除了你自己所有人喜欢你。——Rita Mae Brown

4) If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? – RuPaul

5) Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are. – Quentin Crisp
5)流行就是在没有认清自己的情况下你盲目的跟风。——Quentin Crisp

6) Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. – Oscar Wilde

7) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

8) You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years. And get pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartaches and tears. If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass – Dale Wimbrow 
8)你可以欺骗这个世界,所到之处掌声如潮。但是你如果欺骗自己,最终得到的只能是心痛和泪水。——Dale Wimbrow

9) Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. ― Bernard M. Baruch
9)做你自己,说你想说,介意的人不重要,重要的人不介意。——Bernard M. Baruch

10) Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ― Marilyn Monroe

11) If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it. ― Frank Zappa
11)如果你因为听从母亲,父亲,老师,牧师,或者电视里那群人对你人生所谓的“指点”而以悲惨结束一生,那么你活该。——Frank Zappa

12) When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
12)当你乐于做最简单的自己,不竞争不攀比,那么所有人都会尊敬你——Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

13) Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ― Henry David Thoreau
13)做自己—不将别人对自己的期望强加于自己——Henry David Thoreau

14) The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.” ― Leo Buscaglia
14)世上最简单的事就是做自己,最困难的事是成为别人眼中的自己。别让他人使自己陷入困难的境地——Leo Buscaglia

15) Let others determine your worth and you’re already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves.” ― Peter V. Brett
15)让别人来定义你的价值和得失,因为没人希望别人的价值超过自己。——Peter V. Brett

16) Imitation is suicide. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
16)模仿他人就是杀死自己。——Ralph Waldo Emerson

17) Strive to become the best version of you instead of the best copy of someone else’s life.” ― Edmond Mbiaka,
17)尽力去做最好的自己而不是模仿复制他人的生活——Edmond Mbiaka

18) Don’t compromise even if it hurts to be yourself. – Toby Keith
18)做自己受伤亦不妥协——Toby Keith

19) I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be? – Goldie Hawn
19)我终于不再逃避自己,还有谁能比我更好呢?——Goldie Hawn

20) To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – E.E. Cummings
20)在这个日夜逼着自己失去自我的世上只做自己,意味着你要去对抗人类所面对的最艰难的战斗,永不妥协。——E.E. Cummings