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9 Quotes About Why Fitting in Is Overrated

Most of us will experience times in our lives when we feel like we don’t fit in. Feeling out of place — whether it's in school, in social situations, or within our own families — may make us feel inadequate, disheartened, isolated, or downright awkward. Acceptance from others can make certain parts of life easier — but trying too hard to conform can prevent us from being true to ourselves.

The desire to fit in is completely normal. But not fitting in can sometimes serve as a catalyst for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the opportunity to forge connections with those who see and appreciate our authentic selves. Deep down, we all understand that our true potential shines when we embrace who we really are, without putting all our effort into molding ourselves to fit the expectations of others. Let these quotes on not fitting in help us have courage to unapologetically be who we truly are.

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

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I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don't want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
Alexander McQueen

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What makes you different or weird, that's your strength.
Meryl Streep

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It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
André Gide

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The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.
Rita Mae Brown

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Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.
Beyoncé

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Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from.
Jodi Foster

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In a world full of trends I want to remain a classic.
Iman

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You’re born an original, don’t die a copy!
John Mason

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Nicole Villeneuve
Nicole is a writer, thrift store lover, and group-chat meme spammer based in Ontario, Canada.
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