25 Quotes to Rock your Unconventional Heart and Soul

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

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8 Responses to 25 Quotes to Rock your Unconventional Heart and Soul

  1. Nice list, one that touches base with me is the Michael Korda quote “The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by other people’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.”.

    I truly believe life is a like a game, and if you want to win (whatever winning means to you) you need to play it properly.

  2. Linda says:

    I loved — 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

    But when I first read it I thought it said, ‘Our concern must be to live WHERE we’re alive…’ which I would actually absolutely agree with as well. Thanks for posting these! Great quotes!

  3. Jenn says:

    Huh. Growing up in a very strict religious household, I find it funny that a lot of the authors of these quotes are ones my mother warned me against… Neitsch, Difranco, Kubler-Ross. Why? My theory is because these people challenged the status quo… and that was frowned upon. But I have always bucked the status-quo. It’s just who I am. ;)

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