Feeling different from other people can be a very scary thing. As humans we have a need to connect and to belong, to be accepted and embraced by the world and our loved ones. To avoid the visceral pain of rejection, we sometimes deny and suppress our inherent uniqueness — and in doing so, stifle the very source of our greatness and potential.

Being weird is a wonderful thing. And while the road for non-conformists may well be a hard one, the reward is a life lived in harmony with ourselves, in alignment with our true passions, and in deep connection with the only people around us who should matter.

Here are our Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Stay Weird (and Love It).

Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Stay Weird (and Love It)

Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Stay Weird (and Love It)

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

– Rita Mae Brown

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

– Herman Melville

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

– Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel quotes - In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.

– Dr. Robert Anthony

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

– Mark Twain

If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

– Maya Angelou (more quotes)

People say that you’re going the wrong way when it’s simply a way of your own.

 Angelina Jolie (more quotes)

Angelina Jolie quote on being different - People think you're going the wrong way when itès simply a way of your own

You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

– Doug Floyd

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

You can only make a difference by being different.

– Rick Warren

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