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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.

"Listen, Simon. Never forget. Just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in; not in the Kamina that you believe in. Have faith in the Simon who believes in you."

Comic Strips

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.

Film — Animated

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

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

"There is no secret ingredient. It's just you."

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

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

"Look, it's none of my business, but who cares what these creeps think of you? They don't make you what you are, you do. You are who you choose to be."
Dean McCoppin, The Iron Giant

Film — Live-Action

"Well, when I started out, I wanted to help people. But I became desperate and selfish. What I did was wrong. Buddy's who I thought the whole world wanted me to be. He's who I thought I wanted to be. And sometimes when you want something so so bad, you do just about anything to get it. But I learned one thing from Buddy. I learned that life isn't about being happy with how much you weigh, but just being happy with yourself."
Sherman Klump, The Nutty Professor (1996)

"There is no one like you. There has never been anyone like you. There will never be anyone like you. Therefore, be yourself."


"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."
Rincewind, Sourcery

"So...whatever it is you are going to do next, do it as you. Good or bad, do it as you. Too many lies and there's no truth to go back to."
Sergeant Jackrum, Monstrous Regiment

"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."
Jacen Solo, Traitor

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

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"

"The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her. Now, if we as adults say honestly how many people we’ve known like that I think very many of us would say uh none! And Luna’s like that. She doesn’t actually care. She’s so comfortable with being different. She’s fearless."

Live-Action TV

"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."
Angela, My So-Called Life

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

"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."

"Success is related to standing out, not fitting in."
Don Draper, Mad Men

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


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

"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"

"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

"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"


"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."

"Today is going to be a good day, and here's why: because today… today at least you're you. No hiding, no lying. Just you. And that's enough."
Evan Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen

Web Original

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.

Western Animation

Marge: You'll make plenty of friends, as 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...

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"

"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

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"

Connie: Will you two can it?!
Lapis: That's not a very Steven thing to say.
Connie: I don't care! So I'm not Steven. Maybe he's really great at helping people work out these arguments, maybe he's really patient and caring, even though it must be hard for him having to be the adult for a bunch of super-powered children!
Lapis: We're both thousands of years older than you.
Connie: Then act like it! Be the Gems you've been for thousands of years instead of playing this silly game. It's impossible trying to solve problems if we're just trying to copy other people. What's the point of this? We'll never be the Crystal Gems. We're just... the Crystal Temps. But we have our own way of doing things. So, let's go back to that, to fix this mess we made.
Steven Universe, "The New Crystal Gems"

Don't you raise your shield at me! I only want you to be yourself! If you can't do that... I'll do it FOR YOU!!
White Diamond, to Pink Steven, Steven Universe, "Change Your Mind"


"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!'"

"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."

"Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken."
— Often misattributed to Oscar Wilde

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

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

"Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s okay. You’re 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 we always hear "be someone important" or "be yourself" but 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."


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