Your identity is unlike anyone else. These identity quotes will help you blossom into who you are.
It’s easy to get caught up trying to go along with the crowd. As people, we want to fit in with the crowd and be part of a group. But when we focus too much on this, we can start to lose all of the things that make us unique.
Learning how to explore your identity and then grow in it can lead to living a much happier life. While others may try to get you to conform, these identity quotes can help keep you on the path of living your best life and being an example for others to do the same.
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Identity quotes on being yourself
1. “The reward for conformity is that everybody likes you except yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown
2. “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
3. “It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” – Andre Guide
4. “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss
5. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
6. “Folks can change their ways much as they want to. But I don’t care how many times you change your ways, what’s in you is in you, and it’s got to come out.” – James Baldwin
7. “Own your identity. Love who you are in the world. Love your deafness.” – Nyle DiMarco
8. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
9. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Identity quotes on knowing who you are
10. “You have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity.” – David Goggins
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11. “If you really have your own identity you’ll keep on doing what you think is really right for you, and you’ll also understand the next step you want to take.” – Helmut Lang
12. “Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” – Orson Scott Card
13. “Discovering my own identity doesn’t mean that I work it out in isolation but that I negotiate it through dialogue, partly overt, partly internal, with others.” – Charles Taylor
14. “Every man is the architect of his own fortune.” – Appius
15. “Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life.” – Bran” Patricia Briggs
16. “The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are … and making peace with it.” – Laurell K. Hamilton
17. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George RR Martin
18. “In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” – Erik Erikson
19. “Don’t let your struggle become your identity. Overcome it fast.” – Ralston Bowles
20. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
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21. “We know what we are, but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare
22. “Memories are the architecture of our identity.” – Brian Solis
23. “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison
Unique identity quotes
24. “We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.” – Jane Elliot
25. “We all need a past – that’s where our sense of identity comes from.” – Penelope Lively
26. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
27. “I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all.” – James Baldwin
28. “My Culture is my identity and personality. It gives me spiritual, intellectual and emotional distinction from others, and I am proud of it.” –M.F. Moonzajer
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29. “I was born alone, I’m gonna die alone. I have my own identity. I’m my own person, and no two people are the same.” – ASAP Ferg
30. “Identity cannot be found or fabricated but emerges from within when one has the courage to let go.” – Doug Cooper
31. “It’s what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.” – Don Delillo
32. “I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.” – Tila Tequila
33. “One isn’t born one’s self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people’s ideas — and you have to work through it all.” – V.S. Naipaul
Seeing past your own identity quotes
34. “To be a good citizen, it’s important to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and see the big picture. If everything you see is rooted in your own identity, that becomes difficult or impossible.” – Eli Pariser
35. “Struggling is not the identity. You must learn to live while you struggle, such that anyone who sees you can separate the struggle from your life.” Unknown
36. “I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me — they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.” – Veronica Roth
37. “Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.” – William James
38. “Our true identity is to love without fear and insecurity. Our higher potential finds us when we set our course in that direction. The power of love and compassion transforms insecurity.” – Doc Childre
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39. “The identity of one changes with how one perceives reality.” – Vithu Jeyaloganathan
40. “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk
41. “Our identity has already been chosen for us’ but it is up to us to accept it, or fight and change it.” – Afnan Ahmad Mia
Insightful identity quotes
42. “Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.” – Fernando Botero
43. “Identity is this incredible invisible force that controls your whole life. It’s invisible like gravity is invisible, but it controls your whole life.” – Tony Robbins
44. “When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost – loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity that I have experienced in my own life – and you’ve been able to face the demons that have haunted you… I appreciate everything that I have.” – David Cassidy
45. “People fear their hidden selves, afraid that they will burst out.” – Gregory Benford
46. “I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me.” – Jay London
47. “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.” – B.R. Ambedkar
48. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Bronte
49. “A wife should no more take her husband’s name than he should hers. My name is my identity, and must not be lost.” – Lucy Stone
50. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
51. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel
More identity quotes and sayings
52. “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” – Chuck Palahniuk
53. “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” – Gabriel García Márquez
54. “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” – Pascal Mercier
55. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
56. “I seem to have run in a great circle and met myself again on the starting line.” – Jeanette Winterson
57. “Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it.” – George Bernard Shaw
58. “I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books.” – Beatrice Sparks
59. “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” – Brennan Manning
60. “I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.” – Orson Scott Card
What did you learn from these identity quotes?
Wouldn’t the world be an incredibly boring place if all of us were the same? And yet we strive so much to fit in.
While society tries to say that it’s a struggle mainly in the teenage years as people learn to figure out who they really are, it’s a much larger problem than that.
From the workplace to family relationships, there can be a push for us to match the personalities and identities of those around us. But what fun is that?
Discover who you are then bloom into being even more of that person. Then set out to help others do the same.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these identity quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
November 17, 2020 7:00 AM EST