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Find yourself on social media comparing your life to others, a little too much? Looking for uplifitng quotes about comparison?
From the time we are small, we learn to compare ourselves to others. At a young age, it is our way of making sense of things, of figuring out our place in the world. This can be fine if you have a strong sense of self and self-esteem.
However, if in comparing yourself to others, you decide that you are NOT as good as others, or not as capable, nor as likely to succeed, it can be very detrimental.
As we get older and develop a stronger sense of self, knowing that comparing ourselves to others is NO longer necessary can be a very powerful and liberating concept. You can have many small victories along the way, and allow yourself to celebrate them.
Here are some wonderful quotes about comparison to others – and what you can learn from them.
Uplifting Quotes about Comparison To Give Us Perspective
1.) “The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.” – Unknown
2.) “Have more than you show, and speak less than you know.” – William Shakespeare
3.) “Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.”- Regina Brett
4.) “We’re only envious of those already doing what we were made to do. Envy is a giant, flashing arrow pointing us toward our destiny.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
5.) “Focus on your journey, not the destination.” – Greg Anderson
6.) “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
7.) “Everything in life is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everybody else is doing.”
8.) “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
9.) “Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.” – Shannon L. Alder
10.) “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey
11.) “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
12.) “Let it go. You can’t move forward if you keep looking back.” – April Harding, ‘Finding Peace, Fulfillment, and Contentment Being Single’
13.) “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
14.) “You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.”- Oprah
15.) “Do what works for you. You don’t have to be Michael Jordan; you just have to do what you’re comfortable with.”
16.) “Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.” – Tim Hiller, ‘Strive: Life is Short, Pursue What Matters’
17.) “Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.”- Fannie Flagg
18.) “Channel your envy into purpose.”
19.) “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”- Brené Brown
20.) “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Danielle LaPorte
21.) “Stay true to yourself.”- Selena Gomez
22.) “I will not reason and compare; my business is to create.” – William Blake, Jerusalem
Beautiful Quotes To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
23.) “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
24.) “How many times each day do you mean to say one thing, and say another instead, because you’re worried about what others might think?”
25.) “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Maruch
26.) “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
27.) “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg
28.) “Faithless to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
29.) “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
30.) “About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” – Rita Mae Brown
31.) “Be yourself, don’t take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive.” – Gerard Way
32.) “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” – Philip Pullman
33.) “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” – Dr. Seuss
34.) “Art and life really are the same, and both can only be about a spiritual journey, a path towards a re-union with a supreme creator, with god, with the divine; and this is true no matter how unlikely, how strange, how unorthodox, one’s particular life path might appear to one’s self or others at any given moment.” – Genesis P-Orridge
35.) “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
More Quotes about Comparison
36.) “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi
37.) “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
38.) “To 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; and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
39.) “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” – William Shakespeare
40.) “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
41.) “Where’s your will to be weird?” – Jim Morrison
42.) “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
Inspirational Quotes on Comparing Ourselves To Others
The act of comparison is an act of violence against the self. Be your own cheerleader. STOP comparing yourself with others and focus on how you can become the best version of you.
Embrace your personal victories and combat your challenges head-on. Don’t compare your chapter one to somebody else’s chapter 50.
Here are more motivational quotes about comparison.
43.) “If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine
44.) “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli
45.) “There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.” – Anton Chekhov
46.) “I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
47.) “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
48.) “Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” – Homer
49.) “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – Ru Paul
50.) “They can’t scare me, if I scare them first.” – Lady Gaga
51.) “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace
52.) “Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
53.) “An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.” – Balzac
54.) “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” – Picasso
55.) “Follow your own star!” – Dante Alighieri
56.) “You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you – so be you proudly.” – Tegan Quin
57.) “Don’t let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. A confined identity is a miserable way to exist. Be you and live free. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people that support and love you, just as you are.” – Jaedade Walt
58.) “If you want to be yourself, sometimes you can’t compare the economic benefit with art.” – Kelly Liang
59.) “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono
60.) “Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
61.) “Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” – Benjamin Disraeli
62.) “If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” – Johann von Goethe
More Quotes about Comparison
63.) “The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
64.) “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
65.) “We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” – Andre Berthiaume
66.) “One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde
67.) “Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in…” – Janeane Garofalo
68.) “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie
69.) “I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” – Bobby Brown
70.) “How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?” – Katie McGarry
71.) “Don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason. You are enough! Be unapologetically you.” – Steve Mariboli
What are your thoughts on these quotes about comparison? What other comparison quotes would you add to the list?
When you decide that the only person you have to please is yourself, you can also decide WHAT your definition of good and successful are. This can be empowering, therapeutic, and motivating.
If the only person you are competing with is yourself, you can set realistic, attainable, and rewarding goals.