21 thought-provoking quotes about being different


Anyone who has ever tried to be different will know how hard it can be to be accepted by others. The human condition has a fundamental need to feel secure and people who are not a reflection of ourselves can make us feel insecure. So being different is a tough gig. However there’s a lot to be said for standing out in the crowd. As the Arab proverb suggests, “be contrary; be known.” For every reader who likes to stand out in the crowd, here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about being different:-

  1. Never be afraid to be different. An original is more valuable than a copy. ~Roy Sutton
  2. When you’re the only sane person, you look like the only insane person. ~Criss Jami
  3. 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
  4. To be successful one has to be one of three bees; the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in. ~Suzy Kassem
  5. When you do something different, you are either blessed or cursed. ~Mehmet Murat ildan
  6. Everybody wants to make a difference, but nobody is willing to be different. ~Andy Andrews
  7. Tell them a lie big enough and they’ll worship you as a sage. Tell them a truth big enough and they’ll mock you. ~Abhijit Naskar
  8. The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before. ~Albert Einstein
  9. We spend so long trying to be what other people want, that when we look in the mirror, we see a stranger. ~Anthony T. Hincks
  10. We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world. ~Mother Teresa
  11. Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out. ~Oliver Gaspirtz
  12. Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. ~Suzy Kassem
  13. A person who is truly cool is a work of art. And remember, original works of art cost exponentially higher than imitations. Just take a look at the coolest people in history. They will always be a part of history for being extremely original individuals, not imitations. ~Suzy Kassem
  14. Go ahead and be ordinary. Eccentricity is extraordinary. ~ JT Sanz
  15. When you want to do something that isn’t the ‘norm’ you will be made to feel like you have a problem and if you hear it often enough then you start to believe it too. ~Radhika Vaz
  16. Strategy is about making choices; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different. ~Michael Porter
  17. I’m different than everyone else because everyone else is not me. ~ Julian Aguilar
  18. The psychology of individual creativity is about at least three different things. First, creativity is about thinking differently. Second, creativity is about feeling differently. Third, creativity is about focusing, or committing, differently. ~Max McKeown
  19. 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
  20. Originality is the key to being memorable. ~Suzy Kassem
  21. About Differences: Those who would believe in a higher power by whatever name must also believe that same higher power made all things. On that basis, people of good character will recognize that some people are different from ourselves, in colour, gender, speech, opinion, lifestyle, and in other ways. Different is not an evaluation. As I taught my children while they were growing up, “Different is only different.” Celebrate differences for therein lies the basis for much of what we learn in life. ~James Osborne

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