Are you the kind who doesn’t follow the herd? Do you ever find it difficult to relate to others, because you’re just… different? The truth is that black sheep can be some of the most creative and most innovative people out there, and these fifty quotes are dedicated to all those who have the courage to stand out.

If you think any of these quotes resonate with you, or if you can find another quote about being a black sheep that you really like, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment at the end of this page.

Beautiful black sheep quotes

I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.

— Bill Hicks

We’re all misfits herefrom our weirdness and our differences, from our manic fixations, our obsessions, our passions. From all those wild and wacky things that make each of us unique.

Terri Windling

Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative.

— Sonya Parker

I’m from a family of bankers and businessmen, and here I am, the artist, the black sheep.

— Matthew Quick

I thought not fitting in was something I had to fix. Now I see it as my superpower.

— Maxime Lagacé

People are afraid of things they don’t understand. They don’t know how to relate. It threatens their security, their existence, their career, their image.

— Bill Laswell

Within three months I had gone from being this black sheep of the town to suddenly becoming a pop star.

— Alison Moyet

Being different and thinking differently make a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. It honors the unique minority the majority cannot forget.

— Suzy Kassem

A family without a black sheep is not a typical family.

— Heinrich Böll

I always believed I was an ugly duckling in a family of swans, you know? I was such a black sheep, and it was the same way in high school. I was just kind of that awkward theater kid with a bunch of athletes.

— Lindsay Pearce

The hardest thing about being an outcast isn’t the love you don’t receive. It’s the love you long to give that nobody wants.

— Jodee Blanco

If people don’t like me for whatever I do, for being me, then that’s too bad. I don’t want to change to be something that I’m not for other people to like me.

— Vanessa Hudgens

I always felt like an outcast at school. I had good friends, but none that I truly related to.

— Amber Heard

Somehow I think it was declared very early on that I was the black sheep of the family, not a very good student.

— Dustin Hoffman

I like weird people. The black sheep, the odd ducks, the rejects, the eccentric, the loners, the lost and forgotten. More often than not, these people have the most beautiful souls.

— Unknown

I was always the black sheep of the family and was always told I was dumb, and I had a low IQ, and did bad in school.

— Francis Ford Coppola

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away.

— Henry David Thoreau

I’ve always been a black sheep. That’s a hard thing to be until you find your calling in life. I was bullied a lot at school, probably because I was perceived to be different from everyone else.

— Natalie Dormer

I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, because they were cooler. They had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one, with the lack of social interaction they had.

— John Hughes

Everything in the universe has a purpose. There are no misfits, no freaks, no accidents. There are only things we don’t understand.

— Marlo Morgan

People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.

— Elvis Presley

Proud to be a black sheep quotes

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

I think being different, going against the grain of society, is the greatest thing in the world.

— Elijah Wood

When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud.

— Angelina Jolie

We’ve all been in positions where we felt out of place or not accepted for whatever reason. For me, that’s been my life. I’ve always been that person that stood out. And what makes you an outcast is what makes you unique, and you should harness that.

— André Mack

I am different and it has cost me many people, but I’m always myself. It’s better to lose others than lose yourself to fit in.

— Unknown

You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.

— Robert Greene

People have a problem with me being different, but that propels me forward in life.

— Mary-Louise Parker

I dug the idea that I was being perceived as the black sheep of my family. It was like, I was a rebel, and that to me was most important.

— Larry Bishop

Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say that a nonconformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries that being different means standing at the edge, that one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to their culture.

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

If people don’t like you or think you’re strange, then that’s their problem.

— Nicholas Sparks

You laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at you because you are all the same.

— Unknown

I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that’s making me successful.

— Shania Twain

There is something inherently valuable about being a misfit. It’s not to say that every person who has artistic talent was a social outcast, but there is definitely a value for identifying yourself differently and being proud that you are different.

— Daniel Redcliffe

It’s okay if some people don’t like you. Not everybody has good taste.

— Unknown

Short black sheep quotes

You can only make a difference by being different.

— Rick Warren

If I was a sheep, I would be black.

— Kirsty Eagar

Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.

— Jodie Foster

After all, the wool of a black sheep is just as warm.

— Ernest Lehman

I grew up a misfit. I never fit in.

— Joe Manganiello

Being different gives the world color.

— Nelsan Ellis

I’m a little bit more unusual so I consider myself as the black sheep.

— Ann Wilson

If you’re lucky enough to be different, never change.

— Taylor Swift

I’m a prodigal son. The black sheep of a white flock.

— William A. Drake

Being different is good: embrace it.

— Simon Cowell

Being a black sheep is a way I would describe myself.

— Gin Wigmore

Be an outcast. Be pleased to walk alone.

— Alice Walker

I am different, not less.

— Temple Grandin

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown

I may be no better, but at least I am different.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau