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Inspirational Quotes to Help You Know Yourself and Live Authentically

Inspirational Quotes to Help You Know Yourself and Live Authenticity

Many of our greatest thinkers wrote about the importance of understanding ourselves and living authentically.

But living authentically isn’t as easy as it seems. Starting in childhood, we’re told to cover up our feelings – little boys are told to stop crying and little girls are told to be quiet. Well-intentioned parents sometimes try to mold us into who they want us to be, rather than who we really are. Some of us become people-pleasers and some become stoic and cut off from our feelings and inner experiences.

If you feel like you’re pretending to be someone you’re not or you’re not sure who you are, these quotes will help inspire authentic living and greater self-understanding.


Inspirational Quotes for Authentic Living

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle


Inspirational Quotes about Knowing Yourself

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates


Quotes about living authentically

“To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare


Authentic Self Quotes

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” — Mother Theresa


Be True to Yourself Inspirational Quotes

“No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne


Become Who You Truly Are

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” –Carl Jung


Overcome people pleasing and be yourself

“Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.” — Alan Cohen


Learn to be yourself Inspiratinal Quotes

“I learned to be with myself rather than avoiding myself with limiting habits; I started to be aware of my feelings more, rather than numb them.” — Judith Wright


Quotes about authentic living

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” — May Sarton


Inspirational Quotes by Brene Brown

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”  — Brené Brown


Authenticity by Brene Brown

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” — Brené Brown


Be Yourself Inspirational Quotes

“Be yourself — not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”  Henry David Thoreau


Inspirational Quotes by Oprah
“Don’t be confused between what people say you are and who you know you are.” – Oprah


Find Your True Self Quotes

“Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you’ve buried beneath other people’s needs.” — Kristen Hannah


And my personal favorite….

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings




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Inspirational Quotes to Help You Know Yourself and Live Authentically

Sharon Martin, LCSW

Sharon Martin is an emotional wellness speaker, writer, and licensed psychotherapist. Her San Jose based practice specializes in helping over-stressed, high achieving adults and teens learn to embrace their imperfections and grow happiness. Her personal journey of overcoming perfectionism and people-pleasing traits, inspired her passion for this work. Sharon is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance and several ebooks including Setting Boundaries Without Guilt: A Workbook to Move You From Doormat to Empowerment. Sharon also enjoys teaching blogging and writing classes for therapists. You can find her on Twitter, instagram, and her website.

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Martin, S. (2017). Inspirational Quotes to Help You Know Yourself and Live Authentically. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from


Last updated: 29 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Dec 2017
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