40 Poignant Quotes On Individuality And Conformity

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Jan 29, 2024 By Kidadl Team
Originally Published on Sep 01, 2021
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To conform means to abide by those standards and norms which have been set by society.

We often conform to certain ideals and norms set to fit in with the rest of society. We also do it out of fear of ostracization and being cast aside in shame from our family and friends.

However, to conform means to lose our inner true essence of what makes us an individual. We lose our freedom to be more unique than the rest. Therefore, we often need some positive words and reinforcement to remind us to hold onto our individuality and cherish the freedom that allows us to be different than others. This article has some great individuality quotes that are poignant and tells us more about individuality and conformity.

If you like what you are reading, then check out our other quotes articles like be true to yourself quotes and be different quotes.

Quotes On Uniqueness And Individuality

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Individuality quotes can help a lot with your self-confidence when you feel you cannot keep up with the expectations imposed upon you by society anymore. These quotes will teach you to accept yourself for the individual that you are and not shape yourself to become what any others want you to be. This subcategory has individuality quotes including Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes on individuality and many more.

1. "If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."

- Johann von Goethe.

2. "Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'.

3. "There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality."

- Anton Chekhov.

4. "By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before."

- Edwin Elliot.

5. "Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."

- Allen Ginsberg.

6. "It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions."

- Robert Green Ingersoll.

7. "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly."

- Albert Einstein.

8. "No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else."

- Buckminster Fuller.

9. "I am alone again and I want to be so; alone with the pure sky and open sea."

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

10. "Find your own way, open your treasure house, invent your own answer to the chaos."

- Gertrude Stein.

Quotes On Conformity And Individuality

These individuality quotes are great for a boost of encouragement right when you are feeling the lowest. They will encourage you to be your own self and be the individual that you are without shame or hesitation.

11. "Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'.

12. "It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed."

- Albert Einstein.

13. "Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation."

- Edward Abbey.

14. "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are."

- Kurt Cobain.

15. "I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different."

- Jean Jacques Rousseau.

16. "Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. "

- Carl Sagan, 'Cosmos'.

17. "We are the ones we have been waiting for."

- Alice Walker.

18. "The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself."

- Rita Mae Brown.

19. "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

- Oscar Wilde.

20. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'.

21. "Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

- John F. Kennedy.

22. "Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead."

- Aldous Huxley.

Quotes About Being Yourself

The quotes in this subcategory will help you just be yourself and be happy with your own choices and actions. Every individual is unique and special and we should all accept each other for the sake of love and diversity.

23. "Be yourself. The world worships the original."

- Ingrid Bergman.

24. "It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you're different than anyone else."

- Tony Bennett.

25. "I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.

- Bruce Lee.  

26. "It's just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants."

- Matt Damon.

27. "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'.

28. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

- Oscar Wilde.

29. "If you are different from the rest of the flock, they bite you."

- Vincent O'Sullivan.

30. "Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish."

- John Jakes.

31. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Individuality Quotes That Everyone Should Follow

The individuality quotes in this category are really motivational and poignant. These quotes will make every man and woman think about their lives and their actions. We often change ourselves to be accepted in society but in reality, we should accept ourselves and be happy with it.

32. "It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

33. "Be yourself, don't take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive."

- Gerard Way.

34. "Some people around you will not understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them."

- Paulo Coelho.

35. "Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."

- Judy Garland.

36. "Freedom began on the day the first sheep wandered away from the herd."

- Marty Rubin.

37. "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

- Rob Siltanen.

38. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'.

39. "A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star."

- E. H. Chapin.

40. "You cannot change what you are, only what you do."

- Philip Pullman, 'The Golden Compass'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for poignant quotes on individuality and conformity then why not take a look at quotes on stupidity, or [quotes on power].

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