Authentic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old authentic quotes, authentic sayings, and authentic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity.     

Janet Louise Stephenson

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.     

May Sarton

You can't try to be authentic. You either are or you aren't.     

Oscar Isaac

The struggle to excavate your true, authentic self from beneath the mountain of conditioning and ridiculous expectation is the epic struggle of your lifetime.     

Bryant McGill

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.     

Coco Chanel

Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.     


Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.     

Carl Jung

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.     

Ben Okri

When you are authentic, you create a certain energy, people want to be around you because you are unique.     

Andie MacDowell

This above all; to thine own self be true.     

William Shakespeare

Be sure that you put your feet at the right place, then stand firm.     

Abraham Lincoln

Authenticity is more than speaking; Authenticity is also about doing. Every decision we make says something about who we are.     

Simon Sinek

The authentic self is soul made visible.     

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Be yourself. The world worships an original.     

Ingrid Bergman

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.     

Meredith Monk

The most important thing is what you already do. It's being authentic. It's being curious, trying to discover gifts.     

Tony Robbins

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.     

Brene Brown

Authenticity is at the heart of success.     


Authenticity is about being true to who you are.     

Michael Jordan

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.     

Janis Joplin

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.     

Theodore Roosevelt

We are all different. Don't judge, understand instead.     

Roy T. Bennett

Authentic power is the real deal. You can't inherit it, buy it, or win it. You also can't lose it. You don't need to build your body, reputation, wealth, or charisma to get it.     

Gary Zukav

Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.     

Lance Secretan

Everything we see is but a mirror of what we are.     

Gerald G Jampolsky

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

Bernard Baruch

Just be your authentic self because there's nothing sexier or more beautiful than that.     

Carol Leifer

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

Being your authentic self is the ultimate secret to happiness in life!     

Sheri Fink

Don't be afraid of being unique. It's like being afraid of your best self.     

Donald Trump