Quotes: On Being Different

“Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.”
-Edith Sitwell

 “You laugh because I’m different; I laugh because you’re all the same.”

 “Two people can look at the same exact thing and see something totally different.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “There wouldn’t be a heaven full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.”

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”
-Walter Lippmann

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas; I’m frightened of the old ones.”
-John Cage

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker: expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”
-Thomas Watson

“Because sensible-minded persons, will take you for a mad man, too. The people believe them  mad, those who do not think like themselves; that is why they have taken me as such. I am grateful because, woe is me! on the day that they would like me to return to sanity, on the day they would deprive me of the little freedom which I purchased AT THE EXPENSE of my reputation of sanity. And who knows if after all, they are right? I do not think or live according to their laws, my principles, my ideas are different. The Gobernadorcillo enjoys the reputation of being a sane man because, having learned no more than to serve chocolate and to put up with the evil disposition of Padre Damasom he is rich today; he affects the petty destinies of his fellow citizens and at times even speaks of justice. ‘That is a talented man’, the common people think. ‘See with nothing, he has grown great!’
–Philosopher Tasio, Noli Me Tangere

 “So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others.”
-Elijah Wood

“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

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

“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom. The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.”
-Walter Lippmann

“I’m tired of ignoring that I march to a different beat.”
-Charlie Sheen

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
-Bertrand Russell

“There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice.”
-Po Bronson

“So let’s be honest with ourselves and not take ourselves too serious, and never condemn the other fellow for doing what we are doing every day, only in a different way. “
-Will Rogers

“Why live to please others?”

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

“It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.”

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions. Their lives in mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“Why fit in when you can stand out?”

“One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me.”
-Wilma M

“Be nobody but yourself. In a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. Never stop fighting.”
-E.E Cummings

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
-Vernon Howard