Being Real Sayings and Quotes

In an internet age of carefully crafted images, authenticity seems a thing of the past. There’s no substitute for being real with others or yourself. Being your authentic self can make you happier, build confidence and best of all, save you the trouble of constantly putting on an act. Below you’ll find a curated collection of wise, inspirational and humorous being real quotes, sayings, and proverbs.

You were born an original. Don t die a copy.     

John Mason

But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.     

Albert Camus

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.      

Oscar Wilde

Forget about being impressive and commit to being real. Because being real is impressive!     

Jonathan Harnisch

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.     

Judy Garland

You can put your boots in the oven but that doesn't make them biscuits.     

American Proverb

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.     

Allen Ginsberg

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.      

Bruce Lee

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.     

Steve Jobs

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.     


Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.     

Julius Charles Hare

Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.     

Tony Robbins

Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.     

Henry David Thoreau

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.     

Irving Wallace

Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It'll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called 'perfection,' which will open the doors to the most important relationships you'll ever be a part of.     

Dan Pearce

A cynic might suggest as the motto of modern life this simple legend--'Just as good as the real.'     

Charles Dudley Warner

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.     


Be content to seem what you really are.     


What is important to consider, I think, is the difference between what is imaginary and what is real--and the fears are real.     

Fred Rogers

All that glitters is not gold.     

English Proverb

Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'     

Margery Williams Bianco

I realised a long time ago that a warrior in search of his dream must take his inspiration from what he actually does & not from what he imagines himself doing.     

Paulo Coelho

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

Our true self is being who we are.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Anyone can possess, anyone can profess, but it is an altogether different thing to confess.     

Shannon L. Alder

Never apologize for what you feel. It's like saying sorry for being real.     

Lil Wayne

If you don't like my words, don't listen. If you don't like my appearance, don't look. If you don't like my actions, turn your head; It's as simple as that.     


Be who you are and say what you want, for those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.     

Dr. Seuss

Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true!     

Robert Browning