Top 50 Self-Expression Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Self-Expression Quotes from famous people such as Justin Cartwright, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Jessica Biel, John Updike, Michael Schenker, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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Homer Collyer’s chosen form of self-expression is the piano, although late in life, when his hearing also goes, he takes to writing.
Justin Cartwright
In ‘The Pianist,’ Polanski transformed his ghastly knowledge of the camps into an act of artistic self-expression.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we’d string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool – they saw it as a form of self-expression.
Jessica Biel
I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness.
John Updike
If you copy then it is not self-expression.
Michael Schenker
Sadly, so many arts programs have been eliminated from schools due to budget constraints. These creative outlets are so very important, not only for a child’s well-being, but also for self-expression and fun.
Goldie Hawn
I don’t honestly have the time or energy to support anybody else’s cause but my own, which is self-expression. So I guess, if I had a cause, it would be education.
Alice Ripley
In societies where one sees a higher prevalence of ‘modern values’ – individualism, vitalism and self-expression – there’s also higher reported job satisfaction.
Edmund Phelps
Self-expression should not be a challenge that demands extraordinary talent but should be a right accessible to all.
Deeyah Khan
My interest lies in my self-expression – what’s inside of me – not what I’m in.
John Turturro
I compose most of my tweets with care, as if they were aphorisms – they are not usually dashed-off. Sometimes I’m surprised by the high, poetic quality of Twitter – it lends itself to a surreal sort of self-expression.
Joyce Carol Oates
I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.
John Malkovich
Every mind which has given itself to self-expression in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious control which it has agreed to label ‘inspiration’.
Norman Lindsay
I’ve always believed that makeup is a form of self-expression and there is no shame in experimenting with it.
I wasn’t a ballet baby. My first dance class was in an outdoor pavilion when I was three. It was called ‘creative movement.’ The teacher gave us chiffon scarves in beautiful colors. She turned on some music and said, ‘Now go dance.’ So for me, dance has always been about self-expression.
Carrie Ann Inaba
Fashion is ultimately a form of self-expression. That’s why I love trying out new things.
Ashley Madekwe
When I first started snowboarding, nobody trained off-hill. People weren’t going to the gym and getting stronger. Snowboarding was more self-expression, like skateboarding. It was just something you went and did. It wasn’t something you trained for.
Gretchen Bleiler
I started to understand that for me, art was no longer about self-expression but about creative engagement with the world. I started to respond in an excited way to making work inside an industry and not feeling the constraints of audience expectation as some kind of thing that I should avoid.
Ayad Akhtar
I’m not interested in clothes that just convey a certain look or fashion. Clothes for me have always been a form of self-expression.
Phoebe Philo
So fashion for me is self-expression, it reflects how I’m feeling on a particular day.
Rhea Pillai
To me, ‘sexy’ is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated.
Emily Ratajkowski
I remember walking into drugstores when I was younger and seeing all the hair color boxes on the shelves and just being so in awe. Having the control to dye your hair and change your look is such a part of self-expression.
Olivia Wilde
If there’s one theme in all my work, it’s about authenticity and self-expression. It’s the idea that some things are, in some real sense, really you – or express what you and others aren’t.
Bernard Williams
I don’t tweet because I don’t need another creative venue. I don’t need another form for self-expression. I don’t need another way to get my thoughts out to people. I have one. I’m good.
Ira Glass
Creative freedom and self-expression is what MySpace is all about.
Tom Anderson
I don’t really believe there is such a thing as bad fashion – it is all self-expression, which used to get me into trouble when I was a little girl because I think I started wearing heels when I was about ten, and I always refused to wear matching socks.
Lydia Hearst
No matter how old and glorious the models, sad indeed is the woman who sees fashion as a means of self-expression rather than an agent of social control.
Julie Burchill
My life and career is defined by the constant pursuit of new forms of culture and self-expression.
Melvin Van Peebles
I always felt like if I lived in true authentic self-expression and lived in service and in support of many other people, I would be exempt from having to deal with yet another crisis in my life. I was wrong.
Debbie Ford
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Pearl S. Buck
To the poet fated to be a poet, self-expression is as natural and as involuntary as breathing is to us ordinary mortals.
Octavio Paz
Novels are not about expressing yourself, they're about

Novels are not about expressing yourself, they’re about something beautiful, funny, clever and organic. Self-expression? Go and ring a bell in a yard if you want to express yourself.
Zadie Smith
Often we’re recreating what we think we’re supposed to be as human beings. What we’ve been told we’re supposed to be, instead of who we authentically are. The key about the creation of full self-expression is to be authentically who you are, to project that.
James Cromwell
I actually think that self-expression comes, sometimes, from what you wear, and having the freedom to be able to wear whatever you want for whatever mood you want to wear it, but to not feel frivolous that all of those things that help you self-express have to be things that you’re committing to forever.
Jennifer Hyman
I’m trying to protect what I advertise. That’s my stance on any kind of self-expression.
David Duchovny
Drag is all about self-expression; there’s so many different angles you can take on it.
The principles of punk-rock culture, of self-expression and DIY culture, that really spoke to me.
Princess Nokia
All that self-expression has just created a generation of morons, hooked on an endless appetite for rubbish.
Vivienne Westwood
Hip Hop is an extension of our very being, and so the study of Hip Hop is the study of self-expression leading to the study of one’s true self.
My background isn’t in social software; it’s in online community, social networks, personal publishing, blogging, self-expression on the Web. I got on the Internet in the 1980s, and the magic moment for me arose from my being a literature geek, especially Dante and Shakespeare.
Caterina Fake
I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.
Kate Winslet
I just kind of figured that the marine biology would be a career, and the art would be something I did for my own self-expression.
Stephen Hillenburg
I loved reading when I was young. I was just completely taken by stories. And I remember taking that into English literature at school and taking that into Shakespeare and finding that opened up a whole world of self-expression to me that I didn’t have access to previously.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
At 6 years old, the ice became a place for me to express myself. Because I was so shy off the ice, it became my safe haven, with music and freedom and self-expression. That was my emotional outlet.
Kristi Yamaguchi
Even with the beauty stories we put out, we saw there was an opportunity to address issues of representation, identity, self-expression. We created the community that we wanted to have at ‘Teen Vogue.’ We were willing to lose some to have more.
Elaine Welteroth
We want to become the best place on the Internet for self-expression and entertainment. If we have to raise money to achieve that goal and maybe move faster, we’ll do it.
Alan Schaaf
I’m a bit of a strange human being – I love to work. I love art. I love self-expression.
David Harbour
The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world.
Fay Weldon
I’m a tomboy. I used to get into a lot of fights. Don’t know why – self-expression, I guess.
Lena Headey
I find contentment in the craft of writing and fulfillment in self-expression.
Max Boot