Quotes / Be Yourself

Wally: The secret of happiness is to love who you are, not who others want you to be.
Dilbert: Doesn't that make you a sociopath?
Wally: Yeah, I love that about me.

Marge: You'll make plenty of friends, and long as you be yourself.
(Marge leaves)
Lisa: Be yourself? I've been myself for 8 years and it's never helped me! Lousy advice...

If you go to the grocery store and you stand in front of the lunch meat section for too long, you start to get really pissed off at turkeys. You see, like, turkey ham, turkey pastrami, turkey bologna. Someone needs to tell the turkeys, "Man, just be yourself!"
Mitch Hedberg

For five minutes, could you not be yourself? For FIVE MINUTES!

All of this gruesome grotesquerie is incredibly wrapped up into a story that grunts and groans and laboriously offers up a Moral at the film's end, which is, and I quote: "It's not about what you are, it's about who you are." I could have told you that.
Roger Ebert's review of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant.

Always be yourself, unless you suck.

Rincewind: It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.

Jacen Solo: The only power I have—The only power any of us have—is to be who we are. That's what I'm going to do here. Be who I am.

Angela: People always say you should be yourself, like "yourself" is this definite thing, like a toaster or something. Like you can know what it is, even.

Molly: You should always just be youself.
Aisling: That's a movie thing to say, not a real life thing to say.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Shinji: I'm a coward. I'm cowardly, sneaky, and weak!
Misato: No. Only if you think you are, but if you know yourself, you can take care of yourself.

You make each day a special day. You know how; by just your being you. There's only one person in this whole world like you. And people can like you exactly as you are.

Your only validation is in living your own life
Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time
Guns N' Roses, "Don't Damn Me"

Remy: Why do I have to pretend?
Gusteau-apparition: But you don't, Remy. You never did.

Firefly: Being yourself is mighty fine. That's the way you really shine!
Lily Lightly: Well, I guess it's true, let's light the world up, me and you! We will
Firefly and Lily: shine! Shine on! Shine our light with all our might!
My Little Pony G3, "Come Back, Lily Lightly"

Tiffany: It's not funny, Miss Treason! What shall I do?
Miss Treason: I don't know. If possible, be yourself.
Tiffany Aching and her mentor for this book discuss the latest trouble she's gotten herself into, Wintersmith

There is no secret ingredient. It's just you.
Po, Kung Fu Panda

"There's no such thing as 'perfect'. You're beautiful as you are, Courage. With all your imperfections, you can do anything."
The fish in the bathtub, Courage the Cowardly Dog

"There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you
Be what you're like
Be like yourself"
They Might Be Giants, "Whistling In The Dark"

Tenzin: Dad, I've failed you. I am no spiritual leader, and I've let the world down. I'll never be the man you were.
Aang: You are right. You are trying to hold on to a false perception of yourself. You are not me, and you should not be me. You are Tenzin.
Tenzin: I am not a reflection of my father. I am Tenzin. (With rising confidence) I am Tenzin!
The Legend of Korra: "Darkness Falls"

Bramblestar: I was just trying to do what Firestar would have done. He would have rescued the kittypets and helped ShadowClan not once, but twice.
Sandstorm: That's not what you're supposed to do! StarClan knew you would be a good leader in your own right. That's why they led your paws along this path. Firestar didn't appoint you to be his echo, but to be yourself. He trusted you to protect ThunderClan, to make decisions for them based on your own judgement and instincts. ... Tell me honestly, if there was no ThunderClan, no Firestar, no expectations, would you still have helped the kittypets? Interfered with ShadowClan?
Bramblestar: Yes, I would.
Sandstorm: You are the leader of ThunderClan now, Bramblestar. Not Firestar. Be the leader that you want to be. No cat expects anything else.
Warrior Cats: "Bramblestar's Storm"

Panpipe: I... I'm sorry. I just wanted people to think—
Nautilus: You can't make the world like you, Panpipe. All you can do is be true to your heart. And then, some people still won't like you! Ever! But if you like yourself, it's really not so bad.

"Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken."

"Be who you are and say what you think, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

"Make lots of noise,
Kiss lots of boys,
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's somethin' you're into,
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little to straight,
Roll up a joint,
Or don't,
Just follow your arrow wherever it points,
Follow your arrow wherever it points."
Kacey Musgraves, Follow Your Arrow

"Let me tell you something, Balto. A dog cannot make this journey alone. But maybe a wolf can."
Boris, Balto

Don Draper: Success is related to standing out, not fitting in.

"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."

"Not everyone will understand your journey. Thatís okay. Youíre here to live your life, not to make everyone understand."

"Yes, but what if you're an asshole?"

"So it's not just an open relationship from a sexual standpoint, it's an open relationship in terms of dialog that you're having with your spouse, your mate, you mate, your daughters, your mothers, your fathers, because always hear "be someone important" or "be yourself" that's only when it's politically correct-when you've fallen into the boundaries of what people expect of you as opposed to you being yourself when it's against the proverbial norm but what we find is against the norm is really the norm."

Ginger: Don't tell me I'm unique, that's absurd!
Johnny: But you're one of a kind, I give you my word. / There's nobody quite like you!
"There's Nobody Quite Like You" song, Johnny and the Sprites

Genie: Al, all joking aside, you really oughta be yourself.
Aladdin, after Aladdin starts to feel trapped in the prince lie

In your hands is whom you've chosen to be/Life is a freedom, now go out there be be free
Reamonn, "Through the Eyes of a Child"