In life, we are often guilty of unfairly comparing ourselves to others. The grass may seem greener when we’re looking with envious eyes at the things we think we’re lacking. But the truth is, you are uniquely you and that is perfect!
Check out these inspirational be yourself quotes about comparison to others to remind yourself of just how awesome you are.
Find yourself on social media comparing your life to others, a little too much? We got you!
From the time we are small, we learn to compare ourselves to others.
At a young age, it is our way of making sense of things, of figuring out our place in the world.
This can be fine if you have a strong sense of self and self-esteem.
However, if in comparing yourself to others, you decide that you are NOT as good as others, or not as capable, nor as likely to succeed, it can be very detrimental.
As we get older and develop a stronger sense of self, knowing that comparing ourselves to others is NO longer necessary can be a very powerful and liberating concept.
You can have many small victories along the way, and allow yourself to celebrate them.
Here are some wonderful quotes about comparison to others – and what you can learn from them.
Uplifting Quotes about Comparison To Give Us Perspective
1. “The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.” – Unknown
2. “Have more than you show, and speak less than you know.” – William Shakespeare
3. “Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.”- Regina Brett
4. “We’re only envious of those already doing what we were made to do. Envy is a giant, flashing arrow pointing us toward our destiny.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
5. “Focus on your journey, not the destination.” – Greg Anderson
6. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
7. “Everything in life is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everybody else is doing.”
8. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. “Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.” – Shannon L. Alder
10. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey
11. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
12. “Let it go. You can’t move forward if you keep looking back.” – April Harding, ‘Finding Peace, Fulfillment, and Contentment Being Single’
13. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes on comparing your life to someone else
14. “You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.”- Oprah
15. “Do what works for you. You don’t have to be Michael Jordan; you just have to do what you’re comfortable with.”
16. “Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.” – Tim Hiller, ‘Strive: Life is Short, Pursue What Matters’
17. “Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.”- Fannie Flagg
18. “Channel your envy into purpose.”
19. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”- Brené Brown
20. “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Danielle LaPorte
21. “Stay true to yourself.”- Selena Gomez
22. “I will not reason and compare; my business is to create.” – William Blake, Jerusalem
Beautiful Quotes To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
23. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
24. “How many times each day do you mean to say one thing, and say another instead, because you’re worried about what others might think?”
25. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Maruch
26. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
27. “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg
Inspirational comparison quotes on faith and love
28. “Faithless to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
29. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
30. “About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” – Rita Mae Brown
31. “Be yourself, don’t take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive.” – Gerard Way
32. “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” – Philip Pullman
33. “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” – Dr. Seuss
34. “Art and life really are the same, and both can only be about a spiritual journey, a path towards a re-union with a supreme creator, with god, with the divine; and this is true no matter how unlikely, how strange, how unorthodox, one’s particular life path might appear to one’s self or others at any given moment.” – Genesis P-Orridge
35. “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
More Quotes about Comparison
36. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi
37. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
38. “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
39. “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” – William Shakespeare
40. “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
41. “Where’s your will to be weird?” – Jim Morrison
42. “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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Inspirational Quotes on Comparing Ourselves To Others
The act of comparison is an act of violence against the self.
Be your own cheerleader. STOP comparing yourself with others and focus on how you can become the best version of you.
Embrace your personal victories and combat your challenges head-on.
Don’t compare your chapter one to somebody else’s chapter 50.
Here are more motivational quotes about comparison.
43. “If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine
44. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli
45. “There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.” – Anton Chekhov
46. “I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
47. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
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48. “Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” – Homer
49. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – Ru Paul
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50. “They can’t scare me, if I scare them first.” – Lady Gaga
51. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace
52. “Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
53. “An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.” – Balzac
54. “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” – Picasso
55. “Follow your own star!” – Dante Alighieri
56. “You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you – so be you proudly.” – Tegan Quin
57. “Don’t let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. A confined identity is a miserable way to exist. Be you and live free. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people that support and love you, just as you are.” – Jaedade Walt
58. “If you want to be yourself, sometimes you can’t compare the economic benefit with art.” – Kelly Liang
59. “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono
60. “Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
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61. “Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” – Benjamin Disraeli
62. “If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” – Johann von Goethe
More Quotes about Comparison
63. “The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
64. “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
65. “We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” – Andre Berthiaume
66. “One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde
67. “Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in…” – Janeane Garofalo
68. “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie
69. “I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” – Bobby Brown
70. “How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?” – Katie McGarry
71. “Don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason. You are enough! Be unapologetically you.” – Steve Mariboli
Quotes about comparing yourself to someone else
72. “Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain
73. “Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine!” – Jennie Finch
74. “Comparison is the root cause of all evil.
Why compare when no two people are alike?” ― Haresh Sippy
75. “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.” – Marquis de Condorcet
76. “If you pay attention to your ranking and comparison to others, you are competing with others.
If you ignore them, you can aim for the stars.” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen
77. “Comparison drives you to the dead end of your dream, your vision and your destiny.” ― Eugenia Herlihy
78. “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” – Tim Hiller
79. “Comparison kills creativity. Stop comparing and start creating.” – Anonymous
80. “Do not compare yourself to anybody!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
81. “Don’t compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths.” – Anonymous
82. “More than comparing with somebody else, I’d prefer comparing my own work from film to film.” – Keerthy Suresh
83. “Learn not to compare yourself to other people because comparison will clip your wings and shoot you down.”
― Eugenia Herlihy
84. “Comparison is a slippery slope to jealousy.” – Danielle LaPorte
85. “Your story is unique and so so different and not worthy of comparison.” – Anonymous
86. “Like anyone else, I can fall into these massive Instagram holes and start comparing myself to other people.” – Adwoa Aboah
87. “I heard comparison is the killer of joy
Oh boy, has it butchered my joy” ― Akachi Obijiaku
Compassion quotes to inspire and motivate you
88. “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” – Francis Bacon
89. “No one is perfect no matter how hard they pretend they are, so don’t compare yourself to them,” Will says.”
― If I Wake
90. “Comparison with myself brings improvement, comparison with others brings discontent.” – Betty Jamie Chung
91. “Do not compete with anyone. Seek to exceed your own expectations.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
92. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”– Steve Furtick
93. “Comparisons make you feel superior or inferior, neither serve a useful purpose.” –Jane Travis
94. “Uniqueness lies in not comparing oneself to others.” ― Raheel Farooq
95. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
– Lao Tzu
96. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
97. “Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.”– Nido Qubein
98. “Haters have fallen into the tragic mindset of comparison; a form of psychological suicide.” ― Steve Maraboli
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99. “We get too bogged down by comparisons and competition. On the road to excellence, you are your own benchmark. You have to be your strongest critic.”– Anupam Kher
100. “Happiness is not an absolute value. It is a state of comparison.” ― Zadie Smith
Comparison quotes that will change the way you think
101. “Comparison is an act of violence committed against one’s self.”― Clyde Lee Dennis
102. “Stop thinking you’re doing it all wrong. Your path doesn’t look like anybody else’s because it can’t, it shouldn’t, and it won’t.”― Eleanor Brownn
103. “Don’t value your self-worth by others or external things but by appreciating who you are within. And if you must measure your success do it not by what you have gained personally but what you have
contributed to a wider benefit.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
104. “It has nothing to do with who I am as compared to everyone else. It has everything to do with who I am in companionship with God.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough
105. “There is no need for comparison. Be happy with yourself and find satisfaction in your work.”― Lailah Gifty Akita
106. “No one’s life ever goes as they planned. That truth alone should bring a sense of relief to everyone.”― Andrena Sawyer
107. “Comparison is the most poisonous element in the human heart because it destroys ingenuity and it robs peace and joy.”― Euginia Herlihy
108. “Never stretch your neck to see who is not doing it big. Look into your bosom, and realize that you can do it bigger! Go, create a brighter picture!”― Israelmore Ayivor
109. “You are not required to perform like them, you are required to perform like you.”― Bangambiki Habyarimana
110. “When we accept the labels placed on us by ourselves and others, we then restrict and limit ourselves based on those labels. Break free from them and reclaim your unlimited potential to be your amazing self.”― Nanette Mathews
111. “Comparison can turn friends into adversaries.”― Frank Sonnenberg
112. “Let us not look at the talents we wish we had or pine away for the gifts that are not ours but instead do the best we can with what we have.”― BJ Richardson
113. “Don’t compare the size of your roof with the size of the sky.”― Amit Kalantri
114. “Comparison is bad news, stay away from it as far as possible.”― Euginia Herlihy
115. “Comparison is waste of energy. Every individual is unique with unique talents. Find your passion and live your best life.”― Lailah Gifty Akita
Other inspirational quotes about comparison
116. “The fact that someone else loves you doesn’t rescue you from the project of loving yourself.” – Sahaj Kohli
117. “You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.” – Unknown
118. “Dear YOU, don’t compare yourself to ANYONE. Your Unique Self is empowered, powerful, and unstoppable! Your uniqueness is what makes you incomparable! Don’t underestimate the beauty of just being YOU.” – Stephanie Lahart
119. “You marvel and applaud big heroes in their big heroic actions, and forget you are a hero in your humble life and have modest heroic actions to complete yourself.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana
120. “We can all focus on our chapter of life instead of complaining about, and comparing ourselves with, other people who are enjoying their own chapter of life.” – Olawale Daniel
121. “Better to look broke and debt-free than to look good and in deep debt.” – Abdul Malik Omar
122. “Better is always subjective. It should rest free of any judgment or comparison. However, it is still attainable for oneself. It should always inspire.” – Naide P Obiang
123. “Do yourself a favor never compare yourself to others because comparison swallows your God given gift.” – Euginia Herlihy
124. “If you think by comparing them you’re making them inspire, you couldn’t be more wrong.” – Sarvesh Jain
125. “Comparison paralyzes progress, both of the mind and the society.” – Abhijit Naskar
What are your thoughts on these quotes about comparison? What other comparison quotes would you add to the list?
When you decide that the only person you have to please is yourself, you can also decide WHAT your definition of good and successful are. This can be empowering, therapeutic, and motivating.
Never compare yourself to anyone.
If the only person you are competing with is yourself, you can set realistic, attainable, and rewarding goals.