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Quotes on Authentic Living

Let me begin by paraphrasing a statement made by Yann Martel when he said that you should not worry about being good, but aspire to be authentic.
Authenticity is expensive. Fakeness, deception, myth, and illusion are required for everything. As women, we sometimes hide behind artificial hair, nails, and other cosmetics to make ourselves appear more beautiful, which is okay, but this is often due to a lack of awareness of how wonderful and unique we are. All the other things, we should only use them as an enhancement to our beauty, not because we are not confident in how we look.
We live in a world where we force ourselves to please people who do not even care about us. There’s nothing wrong with wanting lovely and beautiful things, but don’t let it lead you away from your true self in the process. There’s a lot you can contribute simply by being yourself, and the world will adjust accordingly. The world will adjust if you are true to yourself.

Below are the quotes that support authentic living. I hope you find one that speaks to you and is encouraging.

Quotes on Authentic Living

The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.

Roy Bennet

You were not born on earth to please anyone; you have to live life to express yourself, not to impress someone. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, and never lose yourself in search of other people’s acceptance and approval.


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

Janet Louise Stephenson

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

Andie MacDowell

The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are — without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are.

Debbie Ford

The best part about Becoming is that you no longer have anyone or anything to prove other than yourself. You are no longer searching for anything except yourself the truth, which is very inaccessible in today’s world.

You can also read my blogger friend Evidence’s two posts. He went into great detail about how to discover and reconnect with your authentic self
Reconnecting with your authentic self
How to discover your authentic self

Which quote best resonated with you?
Drop the comments in the section below. 

From my heart to yours


This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Happy Panda

    Love all the quotes!!! “The best part about Becoming is that you no longer have anyone or anything to prove other than yourself.” This is how I hope I live!!

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      This is exactly how you live your life indeed. You are one of the people who silently taught me to be as real and authentic as I possibly could. You are my inspiration and I look up to you.
      BECOMING is indeed a journey. I’m almost getting fully to the level of utmost self-acceptance. I’m almost there

  2. Evidence Mutumbu

    Yes great quotes but there is something that witnesses in me about that one by Andie MacDowell …”When you are authentic, you create a certain energy, people want to be around you because you are unique”

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      This was a great quote and Andie made clear that authenticity create a certain energy which alerts people of your uniqueness. And those around you feeds off of you.
      Thanks again mate. Much appreciated

        1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji


  3. Evidence Mutumbu

    Thank you promoting my blog.
    You are rare.
    It’s not easy to find people we do this.
    God bless your work !

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much mate
      You are a great writer and I’ve learnt a lot from you. For those who had not stumbled, would get to experience your wisdom and keep doing the good work that you do. We learn everyday from you

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much Jude
      I really appreciate. And congratulations on your book, you have done a good job. I’m really proud of you. You are extraordinary

      1. judeitakali

        You’re welcome, and thank you too for the congratulations.

        1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

          You are most welcome

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Thank you so much
      It’s another way to encourage ourselves. It’s been tough the past year and the pandemic had made things even worse. But so glad we are here, breathing.

  4. Pooja G

    Really enjoyed these quotes especially the last one. I am on a journey to get to the place where I no longer care at all about others opinions and put myself first. Great post 💕

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Yes certainly sissy
      I am with you right there. The journey of Becoming is not a one day journey, but a constant battle to be the best version of ourselves without minding what other people are saying or think about us. Thank you so much for passing by

  5. Aahna Yadav

    Love the quote by Roy Bennet…. Had an English composition on it once and I had no idea what to write then… 😅
    Thanks for sharing. 🙏🏻

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      You are most welcome
      Roy Bennet is such an epitome of great minded people. I love how the quotes are so simple yet impactful. Thank you for passing by

  6. justine love

    Authenticity is key

    Living authentically is paramount

    1. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji

      Absolutely agreed👏👏

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