We are all afraid of being the odd ones, of not fitting in. It’s human nature.

“If you don’t fit in, you don’t belong. If you don’t belong, you’re in a bad place.”

That’s more or less the story that goes on in your mind, and there’s not much you can do about the thought itself.

The trick is to ignore that thought and realize that some of us are just not meant to fit in.

Some of us are meant to be something bigger and more beautiful than the ordinary.

And here’s the thing — not fitting in equals loneliness only in theory. The reality is that by forcing yourself to fit in, you don’t really connect with anyone.

When your true nature flourishes, that’s when you can connect with those who are meant to you, who love and appreciate you for who you (really) are.

Those are the people who will love the unique, the special, the extraordinary you. The only you.

Don’t try to fit in, here’s why

The journey that began the day you were born is basically a journey toward your best and greatest self.

It’s a path that’s going to lead you toward your potential, the manifestation of all your best traits and talents; your essence.

Desperately try to fit in, and you’re going to miss that. Try to fit in and you’ll be so concerned about what society thinks of you, you’ll end up forgetting why you began the journey in the first place.

And ultimately, who cares about society? What even is society? Is it a bunch of people pretending to be identical to each other? Sounds boring to me.

Don’t try to fit in. Do try to be you. As “you” as you possibly can.

The reward for being authentic, real, and original will always be far greater than the reward for conformity.

Don’t try to fit in: best quotes

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

Robert Greene

When you are like everyone, you are nobody. When you are different from everyone, you are somebody.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

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

Build your world around your dreams rather than trying to fit your dreams into the world you know.

Alan Cohen

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Albert Einstein

Here’s why I like geek culture: people like what they like because they like it. They’re not trying to fit into any mainstream likes or dislikes.

Kristen Bell

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The beauty of life is to be different. Set yourself apart from the crowd, and flourish into the person you were meant to be.

Julian Aguilar

I had spent so long trying to fit in, trying to be someone I wasn’t, that I had no idea who I was anymore.

Dorothy Koomson

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

Maya Angelou

You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path.

Mandy Hale

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

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

Marlo Morgan

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

We’re so quick to cut away pieces of ourselves to suit a particular relationship, a job, a circle of friends, incessantly editing who we are until we fit in.

Charles de Lint

Sometimes, being different feels a lot like being alone. But with that being said, being true to that and being true to my standards and my way of doing things in my art and my music, everything that has made me feel different, in the end, has made me the happiest.

Lindsey Stirling

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

Elijah Wood

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Cecil Beaton

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

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

Angelina Jolie

Don’t try to fit in: short quotes

Want a reliable road to emotional and spiritual suicide? Spend your life trying to fit in.

Brandon Mull

When I was young I used to wish I would fit in. I’m glad I didn’t get my wish.

Steve Maraboli

Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.

Rick Warren

No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.

Buckminster Fuller

Existence wants you to be you.


Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?

Ian Wallace

You can only make a difference by being different.

Rick Warren

Let go of who you think you need to be and just be who you actually are.


Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Steve Jobs

I always tried so hard to fit in, and then I figured out that I didn’t want to fit.

Anthony Davis

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

Jodie Foster

I pay no attention to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.


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

Taylor Swift

Don’t worry about fitting in: it’s completely overrated.

Nicola Walker

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

Rita Mae Brown

Be different; be unique; be yourself.

Christina Grimmie

Be yourself, everyone else is taken.