Best Inspirational Quotes About Being Different – For Misfits and Rebels

Here’s to Being Different and having the strength to stand strong in a world that makes you feel often as if you need to conform. What a dull place the world would be without unique and rare thinkers.

Last month, my inspirational mental health quotes post did really well. So, with that in mind and because I love creative thinkers, here’s the Best Inspirational Quotes About Being Different.

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“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” 
― Rob Siltanen

“I am different, not less – Temple Grandin

“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes,” – Bette Midler

“To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings


“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” —Emma Stone

You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.” –  Henry David Thoreau

“I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.” – Elijah Wood 

Being Different Is an Asset

When sanity is overrated and who gets to choose what is sane and what is not? I have two teenage girls here and frankly we have an ongoing dialogue about the beauty in being different. If we are all the same, then we fail to gain unique thinking and creativity that comes from being born different or thinking differently.

“You laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at you because you are all the same,” John Davis

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality,” – Tim Burton

What is Normal Anyways?

“If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be,” – Maya Angelou

“Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am,” – JK Rowling

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” — Albert Camus

“What is normal? Normal is only ordinary; mediocre. Life belongs to the rare, exceptional individual who dares to be different.” 
— V.C. Andrews (My Sweet Audrina))

“My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” – Aunt Frances” 
— Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1))

Embrace the Thing that Makes You Unique

We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world.” – Mother Teresa

“Be different, so that people can see you clearly amongst the crowds,” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History doesn’t remember the forgettable. It honours the unique minority the majority cannot forget,” – Suzy Kassem

“Don’t follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” 
— David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

“I’ve always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be,” Dita Von Teese

Some of my Favourite Inspirational Quotes about Being Different

“Kites rise high against the wind, not with it,” – Winston Churchill

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself,” – Coco Chanel

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique,” – Walt Disney


“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” 
— Stephen King (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons)

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” — Jodi Picoult (Change of Heart) This one is from one of my favourite authors ever so highly recommend this novel. Click on the link and it will take you to the paperback version on amazon.

“Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people are, and I wonder that most in the grocery store.” — Elizabeth Moon (The Speed of Dark)

“Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common,” — Dorothy Parker

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.” — Vincent van Gogh

“Stay mad but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different but learn to do so without attracting attention.” — Paulo Coelho

It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.” 
— Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

“What makes us the most normal,” said Reiko, “is knowing that we’re not normal.” — Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” 
— Charles Addams

Is Being Different Lonely?

If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” 
— Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing and have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.” 
— Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)

Shine in Your Own Way

“You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way.” 
— Lady Gaga

“I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” — Lewis Carroll

“I want to be important. By being different. And these girls are all the same.” — Sylvia Plath

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from,” – Jodie Foster

Even Dr. Seuss Has Some Inspirational Quotes about Being Different

“Today you are you. That is Truer than True. There is no one alive who is Youer than You,” – Dr. Seuss.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter,” – Dr. Seuss

“The things that make me different are the things that make me,” – Winnie the Pooh

“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.” — Michelle Hodkin (The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2))

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different,” – Coco Chanel

Celebrate What Makes Us Different

These days I find myself hunting down inspirational quotes for everything under the sun. Sometimes I simply want one that resonates for an Instagram post. Other days I just love having inspirational quotes about being different so that I can remind myself to think outside the box.

Own what makes you unique and celebrate it. Never strive to be someone you are not.

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.