Shit. I Think I’m a quote junkie.
I love wise words coming from wise brains.
I collect my favorites as I browse the web and read books in a Scrivener document so that I don’t lose them. On bad days, I open the file and read a few of them to remind myself of my beliefs, my mission and values. I can only warmly recommend this strategy to anyone.
So here is a collection of inspiring, controversial, and downright badass quotes on unconventionalism, non-conformity and being yourself. If they don’t rock your day, then I don’t know what will.
Don’t forget to add your favorites in the comments! Oh and click on the links to read more about the authors!
The photos are in early celebration of International Women’s day on March 8th. And I love unconventional women – deal with it or you shall leave my blog forever.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. ~Christopher Morley
A “Normal” person is the sort of person that might be designed by a committee. You know, “Each person puts in a pretty color and it comes out gray.” ~Alan Sherman
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ~Winston Churchill
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark Twain
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. ~John Locke
One who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints. ~Proverb
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~Herman Melville
Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out. ~Stephen A. Kallis, Jr.
If you keep doing things like you’ve always done them, what you’ll get is what you’ve already got. ~Author Unknown
When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong. ~Ani Difranco
Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution. ~Raymond E. Feist
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~G.B. Shaw
And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps. ~H.L. Mencken
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ~Alexander Hamilton
I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. ~Fritz Perls
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it – unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~Buddha
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. ~Adlai Stevenson
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. ~Juan Ramon Jimenez
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by other people’s rules, while quietly playing by your own. ~Michael Korda
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The most damaging phrase in the language is: “It’s always been done that way.” ~Grace Hopper
If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking. ~George S. Patton
Our concern must be to live while we’re alive… to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Which one is your favorite quote? Do you have more to share? Bring it on in the comments!