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75 Doing Me Quotes to Master the Art of Putting Yourself First

Dayna Remus
Jan 15, 2023
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When was the last time you took time to focus on yourself entirely? When was the last time you connected with what you truly wanted? Remind yourself how to do you by reading the 75 quotes below.

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In our busy society, so many things distract us from focusing on ourselves and what we want and need to do for ourselves. From working to keep food on the table, possibly looking after children, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and helping loved ones, sometimes we lose sight of our importance.

It is essential to be there for those we love and get our basic needs met, but even if we carve out a tiny amount of time here and there to focus on expressing ourselves in the way we want, the quality of our lives could improve drastically. Read the 75 quotes below to find out more.

Chris Moyles’ quote: "Now it's time to do something for me." | Image: AmoDays

Chris Moyles’ quote: "Now it's time to do something for me." | Image: AmoDays

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Putting Yourself First and Self-Love Quotes

"Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." — Lucille Ball

"I have total control over everything. I'm doing it all for me." — Myleene Klass

"Now it's time to do something for me." — Chris Moyles

"Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man." — Kendrick Lamar

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Myleene Klass’ "I have total control over everything. I'm doing it all for me." | Image: AmoDays

Myleene Klass’ "I have total control over everything. I'm doing it all for me." | Image: AmoDays

"I'm doing this for me." — Jessica Matthews

Career, Success, and Happiness Quotes

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"I'm still doing me. I try to come up with [a] different concept for my shows, you gotta keep the people interested, but I'm still me." — Juicy J

"Fans have been very important in my career. Even though I'm just doing me and doing my thing, they're the captains of this ship." — Prince Royce

"Right now, I've got the lead in what I'm doing. I'm in the best position. No one expects me to come in at number one, and I'm not concerned with it either. Let me come in at number; I'll be happy." — Wyclef Jean

Jessica Matthews’ quote: "I'm doing this for me." | Image: AmoDays

Jessica Matthews’ quote: "I'm doing this for me." | Image: AmoDays

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"I never stay with people, and I never look people up when I travel. I depend more on just chance meetings. The advantage is that people don't know who I am. I meet people casually, and they're not doing me a big favor because I'm going to write something." — Paul Theroux

"I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, "Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from, and you should go to school. You don't have it." She was very blunt - I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a favor." — Winona Ryder

"I just love doing sitcoms. I'd be in them till I was gray if they'd have me." — Jason Bateman

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"In the morning, I'd write these essays, anything that I'd feel like writing, and in the afternoon, I'd spend time with my guitar. I had decided after listening to my last four or five albums that my biggest weakness musically was melody. The reason I had been singing in a monotone over the chord patterns in my songs was that I never practiced doing melodies." — Iggy Pop

Harland Williams’ "I think a lot of people think I'm doing kind of a character onstage, but what you're really getting is just me." | Image: AmoDays

Harland Williams’ "I think a lot of people think I'm doing kind of a character onstage, but what you're really getting is just me." | Image: AmoDays

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"People would ask me why I was doing what I was doing - but I always told them that I just loved to skate. There was no other explanation." — Nancy Kerrigan

"Most of the books that I've adapted I'm doing because I love the book, and I feel like it's a great work of art in itself, and when it's a great book, I feel as a director or a writer that I have a responsibility to rise to the level of the original. It makes me try to reach higher." — James Franco

"I know that everybody is so obsessed with this idea of fame, and they think that I'm obsessed. In all honesty, I'm just doing me." — Aubrey O'Day

"Acting coaches in Hollywood were always telling me to use my hands and body more. But that was never me. I just breathe, and sometimes it doesn't look as if I'm doing that." — Perry Como

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"Lord of the Rings made me realize that I'm not interested in doing anyone else's work." — Ralph Bakshi

Karl May’s quote: "I don't care about losing people who don't wanna be in my life anymore. I've lost people who meant the world to me, and I'm still doing just fine." | Image: AmoDays

Karl May’s quote: "I don't care about losing people who don't wanna be in my life anymore. I've lost people who meant the world to me, and I'm still doing just fine." | Image: AmoDays

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"I'm very fond of doing movies where men fight over me. I don't get to do enough." — Anjelica Huston

"I'm a big fan of doing 'Triple D.' But I don't want to do it forever, don't get me wrong! Travel away from my family, are you crazy? But do you know what it does for these mom-and-pop restaurant joints? It changes their lives forever. I mean, their businesses will never be the same." — Guy Fieri

"Two years ago, if anyone had told me I'd be doing half the stuff I'm doing, I wouldn't have believed it." — Zayn Malik

"I'm glad acting sunk its teeth into me because now I can't imagine doing anything else." — Ryan Kwanten

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"The thing about the state of hip-hop is that people are too concerned. I don't think that there's a problem with being too concerned about video games, especially for me, because I'm not in the industry. I'm just a consumer. But hip-hop is constantly like, 'What are you doing for the scene?'" — Aesop Rock

SonReal’s quote: "A couple years ago, it was really hard for me to sing because there's so much pressure in hip-hop to be a certain way. My biggest thing right now is doing me because I'm not like other rappers." | Image: AmoDays

SonReal’s quote: "A couple years ago, it was really hard for me to sing because there's so much pressure in hip-hop to be a certain way. My biggest thing right now is doing me because I'm not like other rappers." | Image: AmoDays

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"I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously; perspiration, doing the work. But the third is desperation. I'm not really fit for anything else or to have a real job. That fear drives me. The pressure has always been self-inflicted." — Harlan Coben

"Most of my bits are long stream-of-consciousness-type things, and when I'm doing them onstage, other places to take the theme or idea will hit me, and I just go with it." — Joe Rogan

"I think a lot of people think I'm doing kind of a character onstage, but what you're really getting is just me." — Harland Williams

"Everything we're doing means there is a much bigger audience that we can reach." — Tamara Mellon

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"I totally enjoy what I'm doing and bringing joy into people's lives. To me, and if I can bring one second of joy into a child or a grown-up's life, then I have achieved my lifetime ambition." — Michael Jackson

Sonny Naclerio’s quote: "It's just the three of us doing this job, me, myself, and I." | Image: AmoDays

Sonny Naclerio’s quote: "It's just the three of us doing this job, me, myself, and I." | Image: AmoDays

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"Oh my God, every day is a constant struggle and battle. Especially with an artist like me, when what I am doing is not the in thing, it is harder to break someone like me. And I'm a woman too, it's ridiculous." — Syleena Johnson

"When I'm making an American film, it's more safe because there are so many people on the set to watch me. Whatever I do, they say, 'What are you doing!? Tell me first!' There are so many restrictions." — Jackie Chan

"I'm not offended or embarrassed by the fact that I design clothes for women to wear. So when I meet women who love my clothes, it's a really good, straightforward thing. It makes me feel like I'm doing my job right." — Stella McCartney

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"I see myself doing Harry Potter films as long as I'm enjoying it and as long as they are going to challenge me as an actor. I want to be an actorit's my aspirationso I want to do other films. I want to write something, and I want to direct something!" — Daniel Radcliffe

"I've been doing this for seven and a half years. I've been just bustin' it, trying to break in as an artist in this business. For me, it's still just about the work. I get the scripts, and I'm all about that. I don't really even have an idea what that's going to be like." — Josh Holloway

Bill Wyman’s quote: "I didn't want to stay in the Stones and be stuck in a position having to play music I didn't like anymore, and that restricted me from doing all the others things I'm interested in because of time."  | Image: AmoDays

Bill Wyman’s quote: "I didn't want to stay in the Stones and be stuck in a position having to play music I didn't like anymore, and that restricted me from doing all the others things I'm interested in because of time." | Image: AmoDays

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"From now on, I'm not doing anything I don't want to do! The world owes me happiness, fulfillment, and success… I'm just here to cash in." — Bill Watterson

"The idea of doing something that you've seen a thousand times before doesn't appeal to me." — Ryan Phillippe

"People used to ask me how I got my jollies, and I guess I'm happy when what I'm doing is helping people and unhappy when what I'm doing isn't helping people." — Chuck Feeney

"It seemed to me you could do anything in comics, so I started doing my things." — Harvey Pekar

"The only thing I can do is act, but it's not something I even feel comfortable doing. It costs me a lot because I'm a shy person, even if I don't look it." — Javier Bardem

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Lil Uzi Vert’s quote: "I'm just doing me, and to me, that's what got me this far." | Image: AmoDays

Lil Uzi Vert’s quote: "I'm just doing me, and to me, that's what got me this far." | Image: AmoDays

"I'm going from doing all of the work to having to delegate the work – which is almost harder for me than doing the work myself. I'm a lousy delegator, but I'm learning." — Alton Brown

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"I'm just doing me, and to me, that's what got me this far." — Lil Uzi Vert

"When I'm singing, I just get to be me." — Jennifer Love Hewitt

"I didn't want to stay in the Stones and be stuck in a position having to play music I didn't like anymore, and that restricted me from doing all the others things I'm interested in because of time." — Bill Wyman

"Why do I want somebody to tell me what to do, tell me what I'm doing wrong? I want to be the boss." — Bubba Watson

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s quote: "When I'm singing, I just get to be me." | Image: AmoDays

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s quote: "When I'm singing, I just get to be me." | Image: AmoDays

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"I make a living doing what I love doing, and it's what brings me joy." — Tom Cochrane

"A couple years ago, it was really hard for me to sing because there's so much pressure in hip-hop to be a certain way. My biggest thing right now is doing me because I'm not like other rappers." — SonReal

"I think a lot of singer-songwriters get compared to each other, but I'd like to think that what I'm doing is special and specific to me." — Kina Grannis

Quotes about Comparisons and Minding One's Own Business

"I don't know what other people are doing—I just know about me." — Thelonious Monk

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"You do you, I'll do me, and we won't do each other. Probably." — Markiplier

Thelonious Monk’s quote: "I don't know what other people are doing—I just know about me." | Image: AmoDays

Thelonious Monk’s quote: "I don't know what other people are doing—I just know about me." | Image: AmoDays

"It's just the three of us doing this job, me, myself, and I." — Sonny Naclerio

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Quotes on the Power of You Doing You

"It's not the imbalances of life that will get you down-it's doing meaningless things that aren't taking you where you want to go." — Danielle LaPorte

"But whenever I look at the question of how to live, the answer's always staring me in the face. I'm already doing it." — Damien Hirst

Fiona Apple’s quote: "If I respect myself and believe in what I'm doing, no one can touch me." | Image: AmoDays

Fiona Apple’s quote: "If I respect myself and believe in what I'm doing, no one can touch me." | Image: AmoDays

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"Every day, it seems like something happens to assure me I'm in the right place and that doing anything else would be wrong. I feel so incredibly blessed." — Lucas Grabeel

"The overall commentary on what I'm doing is saying, 'Hey, look! I get to create whatever persona I want to, and it's all up to me. And the truth is, we are allbasically the universe - pretending to be humans for a brief moment of time. With a little self-induced amnesia." — RuPaul

"Doing my own album provided me the opportunity to say whatever I wanted." — Richard Marx

"The fact that people look at pictures so tiny on Instagrampeople ask me about it popping on Instagram, but I didn't alter myself to be that. I didn't change for the screens; I've just been doing me." — Jeremy Scott

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"If I respect myself and believe in what I'm doing, no one can touch me." — Fiona Apple

Lucas Grabeel’s quote: "Every day, it seems like something happens to assure me I'm in the right place and that doing anything else would be wrong. I feel so incredibly blessed." | Image: AmoDays

Lucas Grabeel’s quote: "Every day, it seems like something happens to assure me I'm in the right place and that doing anything else would be wrong. I feel so incredibly blessed." | Image: AmoDays

"I like doing a challenging class because it makes me more brave in life. My perception of hardships is now completely different. I'm not whining and moaning inside as much." — Ione Skye

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More Quotes on Doing You

"Friends give me a hard time about the pants I'm wearing, which are made in China. Well, how do you find the right clothes? Or the right movie studio? The right people giving you checks? Good luck doing the right thing all the time." — Adam McKay

"For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I'm doing the right thing by the animals." — Alexandra Paul

"If I had children, I would be very selfish. I wouldn't be out doing things. But by not having kids, it makes me freer to travel the world and talk about things I feel are important." — Linda Blair

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"We recycle everything in my house. I'm not into any particular organizations, but I'm doing my part, and that makes me feel okay." — Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Chen Guangcheng’s quote: "I'm just doing what my conscience asks me to do." | Image: AmoDays

Chen Guangcheng’s quote: "I'm just doing what my conscience asks me to do." | Image: AmoDays

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"I'm doing mental training as well. So, you know, body, mind, and spiriteverything is being addressed every single day. Generally, I'll have three training sessions a day." — Kerri Walsh

"In a chemistry class, there was a guy sitting in front of me doing what looked like a jigsaw puzzle or some really weird kind of thing. He told me he was writing a computer program." — Jon Postel

"Some tell me I'll break my ankle on my high heelsbut I live in them. I'm known for doing speed dashes and leaps and bounds in heels. No problem." — Kylie Bax

"I wish I were less awkward around strangers. I never know what to say when someone asks me who I am and what the hell I'm doing in their house." — Andy Ihnatko

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"I always have on my headphones to block out all of the other distractions, and I'm just focused on doing the best that I can ... There [are] a few of them ... DMX Party Up ... Mack 10 BC and Ice Cube Connected for Life. I also listen to the Eminem CD ... whichever song really gets me going that night." — Michael Phelps

Kathryn Perez’ quote: "From right now until forever, I'm going to show you what you are to me. I'm not going to tell you. I'm going to show you because I've wasted too much time doing all the wrong things where you're concerned." | Image: AmoDays

Kathryn Perez’ quote: "From right now until forever, I'm going to show you what you are to me. I'm not going to tell you. I'm going to show you because I've wasted too much time doing all the wrong things where you're concerned." | Image: AmoDays

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"I don't care about losing people who don't wanna be in my life anymore. I've lost people who meant the world to me, and I'm still doing just fine." — Karl May

"I love when brides tell me they want to do something special and unique, but I'm not a fan of doing anything too crazy." — Austin Scarlett

"I try my best, but at the same time, I try not to let being out with someone affect my everyday life. Like, if I want to go out and grab a smoothie with a friend who's a male, I'm not gonna let the paparazzi stop me from doing that and living my life and just being a normal person." — Kendall Jenner

"I'm tired of saying, 'How wonderful you are!' to fool men who haven't got one-half the sense I've got, and I'm tired of pretending I don't know anything, so men can tell me things and feel important while they're doing it." — Margaret Mitchell

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"Some people say I'm conscious; some say I'm a gangsta rapperit's just me doing me. I'm stomping in my own lane. I'm doing what I do." — Nas

Bubba Watson’s quote: "Why do I want somebody to tell me what to do, tell me what I'm doing wrong? I want to be the boss." | Image: AmoDays

Bubba Watson’s quote: "Why do I want somebody to tell me what to do, tell me what I'm doing wrong? I want to be the boss." | Image: AmoDays

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"I am doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled." — Johnny Depp

"I'm tired of people thinking they're doing me favors." — Michael Thomas Ford

"The idea of doing something that you've seen a thousand times before doesn't appeal to me." — Ryan Phillippe

"I'm just doing what my conscience asks me to do." — Chen Guangcheng

"From right now until forever, I'm going to show you what you are to me. I'm not going to tell you. I'm going to show you because I've wasted too much time doing all the wrong things where you're concerned." — Kathryn Perez

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Kina Grannis’ quote: "I think a lot of singer-songwriters get compared to each other, but I'd like to think that what I'm doing is special and specific to me."  | Image: AmoDays

Kina Grannis’ quote: "I think a lot of singer-songwriters get compared to each other, but I'd like to think that what I'm doing is special and specific to me." | Image: AmoDays

If you have been so busy that you can't remember what exactly it means to "do you," start small. Begin experimenting with your clothing. At this point in life, you have most likely adapted an automatic style, but while you have grown as a person, your style may be stuck.

Remembering and manifesting who we really are is important for authentic living, which can create a life full of connection and community, with those around you feeding off your genuine energy.

Sometimes, however, we need to take some time out alone and away from our communities to connect to our true selves. Read these 48 quotes on solitude for inspiration.

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