We all want to be loved and accepted, but this most human desire to connect and belong can hamper us when we let the opinions of others decide how we ought to live our lives. Pursuing our own passions can seem a lonely road in the short run, and it carries the risk of sometimes alienating those we love. Yet if we allow our courage and self-love to speak louder than our fears, we ultimately learn that the road we thought “harder” — that of harnessing our unique potential without regard to the pressures and opinions of others — is the only one that can lead to success and fulfillment. And it’s the only road that leads to true connection as well, built on the support and cherishing of your differences that lie at the heart of all genuine affection.
Here, to help you to block out the noise, are 10 Quotes That Will Make You Stop Caring What Others Think.
10 Quotes That Will Make You Stop Caring What Others Think
Care about people’s approval, and you will always be their prisoner.
– Lao Tzu
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 (read more Dr. Seuss quotes)
If you have an over-preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad.
– Benedict Cumberbatch
You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.
– Richard P. Feynman
Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.
– Angelina Jolie (read more Angelina Jolie quotes)
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 (read more quotes)
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain
You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do!
– Olin Miller
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
– Eleanor Roosevelt (read more Eleanor Roosevelt quotes)
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.