25 thought-provoking quotes about being different

quotes about being differentAnyone who has ever tried to be different will know how hard it can be to be accepted by others. Anyone who is actually different in some way will know too.

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 or trying to be different is definitely a tough gig. However, being different is a worthy aim.

In fact, 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 25 thought-provoking quotes about being different.

Quotes about being different (1-10):

  1. Being different gives the world colour. ~Nelsan Ellis
  2. Originality is the key to being memorable. ~Suzy Kassem
  3. Go ahead and be ordinary. Eccentricity is extraordinary. ~ JT Sanz
  4. When you’re the only sane person, you look like the only insane person. ~Criss Jami
  5. I’m different from everyone else because everyone else is not me. ~Julian Aguilar
  6. Never be afraid to be different. An original is always more valuable than a copy. ~Roy Sutton
  7. Strategy is about making choices; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different. ~Michael Porter
  8. Different is good and being different is what makes us stand out in the world. ~Natalya Neidhart
  9. People have a problem with me being different, but that propels me forward in life. ~Mary-Louise Parker
  10. 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

Quotes about being different (11-20):

  1. 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
  2. When you do something different, you are either blessed or cursed. ~Mehmet Muratildan
  3. Everybody wants to make a difference, but nobody is willing to be different. ~Andy Andrews
  4. Only recently have I realized that being different is not something you want to hide or squelch or suppress. ~Amy Gerstler
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world. ~Mother Teresa
  9. Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out. ~Oliver Gaspirtz
  10. Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. ~Suzy Kassem

Quotes about being different (21-25):

  1. Quotes about Being DifferentA 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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