150+ Inspirational 'I Don’t Care' Quotes For Self-Motivation

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Receiving pessimistic comments from people surrounding you can be heart-wrenching. However, glancing on I don’t care quotes can help you deal with the negative and judgmental moments you may face during such times.

It is essential to keep up your strong self to get going and avoid caring about these remarks. In this post, we present some ‘I don’t care quotes’ that are sure to motivate you. These quotes can also encourage you to focus on your life’s blessings rather than the negativity around you.

151 ‘I Don’t Care’ Quotes

No matter what you do, how successful you are, there will always be someone who thinks you could have done better or that you are wrong. To these nay-sayers, it is best to say “I don’t care” with these quotes.

Nonchalant ‘I Don’t Care’ Quotes

Sometimes, you need to pick yourself up, throw your head back, and stand tall even as the world around you complains and criticizes. These are some quotes that could help you.

  1. “I don’t care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right”- George M. Cohan
  1. “If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets”- Haruki Murakami
  1. “I am who I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain’t never gonna do it any different. I don’t care who likes it and who don’t” – Buck Owens
  1. “I don’t care about what nobody say or how nobody feel. I’m happy, I’m living my life, and that’s what it is” – 21 Savage
  1. “You cry and you scream and you stomp your feet and you shout. You say, ‘You know what? I’m giving up, I don’t care.’ And then you go to bed and you wake up and it’s a brand new day, and you pick yourself back up again.” – Nicole Scherzinger
  1. “Most people don’t care if you’re telling them the truth or if you’re telling them a lie, as long as they’re entertained by it. You find that out really fast”- Tom Waits
  1. “People don’t care about what someone says about you in a movie – or even what you say, right? They care about what you build. And if you can make something that makes people’s life better, then that’s something that’s really good.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  1. “I’ve never been cool – and I don’t care.” – Celine Dion
  1. “I just don’t care if anyone doesn’t like me I wasn’t put on earth to entertain everyone.”– Oreki
  1. “I just write what I think is funny. I don’t care who watches it”- Ian Hecox
  1. “I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.”- Joan Rivers
  1. “I don’t care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating.”- Boss Tweed
  1. “I don’t care what I look like; it’s how people think of me. And I do care how people think of me. I want people to say, ‘Oh, she’s nice,’ rather than, ‘Oh, she’s so pretty.’”- Millie Bobby Brown
  1. ”To kind of go through life not caring is a spectacular attribute. It’s one I wish I had.” – Neil Cross“I don’t care what people think or say about me, I know who I am.”- Jonathan Davis
  1. “Cars and cameras are the two things I let myself be materialistic about. I don’t care about other stuff.”- Louis C. K.
  1. “I don’t care what people think of me. I don’t even care what happens to me.”- Lil Peep
  1. “The moment you stop caring is the moment when things get better. Don’t waste your time trying to please others.”- Unknown
  1. “I would love to date a chef. I’d probably get really fat, but I don’t care.”- Elizabeth Olsen
  1. “I’m not heartless; I’ve just learned how to use my heart less.”- Unknown
  1. “The less I care, the happier I am.”- Unknown
  1. “I don’t care about motivation. I care about credibility.”- Eliot Spitzer
  1. “We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the phone company.”- Lily Tomlin
  1. “Sometimes you just have to stop caring, you have to turn off all emotion and feelings to protect yourself from getting hurt.”- Unknown
  1. “Men don’t care what’s on TV. They only care what else is on TV.” – Jerry Seinfeld
  1. “Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don’t care.” – Unknown
  1. “I don’t care what people think of me, unless they think I’m mean or something, but I don’t care if they think I’m like someone else because I know I’m not – I’m a total weirdo. I’m not selling a dream; I’m not selling fame like it is some sort of fantastic thing. I’m just trying to sell music and get on with my real life.”- Sia
  1. “I don’t care whether people like me or dislike me. I’m not on earth to win a popularity contest. I’m here to be the best human being I possibly can be.” – Tab Hunter
  1. “My mind is more peaceful when I don’t care about others.” – Unknown
  1. “I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.” – Mark Cuban
  1. “I don’t care what your religion is, as long as it doesn’t chastise anybody that’s not part of it.”- Jon Gries
  1. “If you want to live, stop asking permission. Do it now and regret it later.”- Unknown
  1. “Standardized tests don’t care if you’re white or black, short or tall, or even the rate at which you learned the course material. At the end of the day, all it cares about is whether you know what you’re supposed to know. It can’t be cheated, bent, or bargained with.”- Steven Crowder
  1. “Don’t care about the destination — just keep going towards your goals.”- Unknown
  1. “I don’t care what people think. People are stupid.”- Charles Barkley
  1. “My delivery can be intense, but it’s intense because I need to be heard. I know that people don’t usually listen, as it relates to constructive criticism, without getting offended. So, I speak my mind with an attitude that I don’t care if you get offended; I just want you to get the message.”- Damon Dash
  1. “I really don’t care what people think of me. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my friends. Yes, I have been trained to be a little more aggressive if I need to be, but I don’t go around thumping people.” – Chris Kyle
  1. “When I stop caring, that’s when you should start worrying.” – Unknown
  1. “I’m a gypsy: no education, no schooling, nothing. I don’t care what people think of me. I don’t care about being a hero, a role model, a champion.”- Tyson Fury
  1. “I don’t care about having a fancy car. I don’t have a lot of the wants and needs that a lot of people have where I would need to make a $1 million a fight.” – Ben Askren
  1. “Just a reminder, what other people think of you is none of your business.”- Ze Frank
  1. “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”- Natalie Portman
  1. Ignore those people who talk about you behind your back, that’s where they belong.”- Unknown
  1. “I don’t care too much what happened in the past. I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it.” – Sebastian Vettel
  1. “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.”- Truman Capote
  1. “I don’t care if I win or lose; I know I’m going to give 110%, and I’m going to hold my head high at the end of the day.”- Roy Nelson
  1. “I’m not going to say I’m cool, because I don’t really feel that. I just don’t care at all, and I guess that’s what people think is cool.”- Billie Eilish
  1. “No one can bring you down unless you let them to.”- Joey Ann Garcia
  1. “I’m not scared of anyone. I don’t care whether you are a jiu-jitsu fighter or a wrestler or a stand-up fighter: I want to put myself against you, and I want to see who is better. And if you are the guy that is going to beat me, I’m going to take that loss like a man and go back, and I’ll work on me self. That’s how I look at fighting.”- Darren Till
  1. “Really, I don’t care if people think I’m too skinny. This is my body. If they don’t like it, screw it.”- Ellen Pompeo
  1. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”- Johnny Cash
  1. “My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being just a company means to me is not being just that – building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.”- Mark Zuckerberg
  1. “I have reached a point in life where I feel it is no longer necessary to try & impress anyone. If they like me the way I am, good & if they don’t, it’s their loss.”- Corazon Aquino
  1. “I don’t care what people think about me. When I look in the mirror, I wanna like what I see.”- Kat Von D
  1. “I stopped worrying about how other people define me a little bit ago. I used to care a lot. Now I just don’t care that much. Really, what I’m worried about is, am I being the best me I can be?”- Christian McCaffrey
  1. “I don’t care how people judge me.”- Alexandre Lacazette
  1. “You come to a point in your life when you really don’t care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.”- Evel Knievel
  1. “There are people who try to judge. I’m cool with that. I don’t care what nobody say – the only thing that can defeat hate is love.”- Young M.A
  1. “Stop worrying about someone that isn’t worried about you.” – Mitchell Perry
  1. “I don’t care what the religion is called; as far as I’m concerned, one God, the God I adhere to, is in charge of all of them.”- Charley Pride
  1. “I was reminded that when we lose and I strike out, a billion people in China don’t care.” – Reggie Jackson
  1. “Never live your life by other people’s expectations of yourself. Whose life is it anyways?”- Unknown
  1. “I don’t care if you are religious or not and I think the message is that at the end of the day, everybody has to mature and everybody has to heal and mend their own injuries, emotional injuries, on their own pace.” – Boris Kodjoe
  1. “I never cared about money or fame, and I don’t care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows.”- Quincy Jones
  1. “You are not responsible for other people’s opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.”- Shane Parrish
  1. “I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.” – Dizzy Gillespie
  1. “I don’t care what others think of me. I like to be who I am.” – Unknown
  1. “I don’t care what it is in life: listen to your heart. If you do, no matter what, you win”- Paul Walker
  1. “I’m very nonchalant. I don’t care about anything.”- Rob Kardashian
  1. “I don’t care how busy I am – I will always make time for what’s most important to me..” – Kevin Hart
  1. “I don’t care about making anything new. I make music to express an emotion, and if the emotion is nostalgic, so be it” – Mitski
  1. “By not caring too much about what people think, I’m able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.” – Albert Ellis
  1. “Oscar Wilde: ‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ Sarah Bernhardt: ‘I don’t care if you burn.”
  1. “Often, people who can do, don’t because they’re afraid of what people that can’t do will say about them doing.” – Trevor Noah
  1. “I don’t care about having money. It’s about being happy, man.” – Skrillex
  1. “Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  1. “If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” – C. JoyBell C
  1. “So much unhappiness comes from wanting others to think we’re happy or important. We chase visible at the expense of meaningful.”- Shane Parrish
  1. “Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.” – Jimmy Buffett
  1. “It’s better sometimes to not care than to be too good, people will always take what they never stress to get for granted, easy come, easy go.” – Blaze Olamiday
  1. “One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.” -Unknown
  1. “Un-think. Un-learn. Un-know. Un-believe. Un-speculate. Un-seek. Un-strive. Un-fear. Lose your mind and effortlessly be.” – Brian Thompson
  1. “No matter how awesome you are you won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. No worries. You’ll be many people’s double espresso.”- Unknown
  1. “The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring. – Jaden Smith
  1. “You are not responsible for other people’s opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.” – Shane Parrish
  1. “Don’t change who you are to impress someone, if they can’t take you for you, they aren’t worth it. Be yourself.” – Unknown
  1. “Sometimes the only choice left to do is to stop caring. Make a pace and move forward no matter how it hurts because there is no reason to stay anymore.”- Nova Rosa
  1. “You change the world by being yourself.” – Yoko Ono
  1. “People gonna talk whether you doing good or bad.” – Rihanna
  1. “Don’t change your attitude and character for anyone, the one who wants you, will not change you.” – P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar
  1. “I don’t believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important.” – Aishwarya Rai
  1. “You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.” – Roy Bennett
  1. “You cannot reach your destination when you always stop to listen to everyone who speaks about you on the way.” – Unknown
  1. “I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment.” – Malcolm X
  1. “One of the best feelings in the world is when you stop caring about things that used to bother you.”- Unknown
  1. “Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.” – W.C. Fields
  1. “Ever loved someone so much, you would do anything for them? Yeah, well make that someone yourself and do whatever the hell you want.” – Harvey Specter
  1. “Not caring more about what other people think than what you think. That’s freedom.”- D. Moore
  1. “If you like me raise your hand if you don’t then raise your standard. ”- Unknown
  1. “I’m who I’m. Your approval isn’t needed.” – Unknown
  1. “You cannot reach your destination when you always stop to listen to everyone who speaks about you on the way.” – Unknown
  1. “Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”- Roy T. Bennett
  1. “Believe in yourself, and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” – Cynthia Kersey
  1. “Thank you to every person who has ever told me I can’t. You are just another reason I will.” – Manny Pacquiao
  1. “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ― Virginia Woolf
  1. “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” ― Margaret Mitchell
  1. “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.” ― Mae West
  1. “I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.” ― Michel de Montaigne
  1. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”— Albert Einstein
  1. “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.” ― Richard P. Feynman
  1. “Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.” ― Tina Fey
  1. “Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ― Cynthia Kersey
  1. “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.” ― Amy Poehler
  1. “There is nothing more attractive than confidence, once she sees her own beauty, everyone else will.” ― Habeeb Akande
  1. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ― Sigmund Freud The hardest thing is not caring about other people’s opinions.” – Natalia Dyer
  1. “So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But it all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach”- Michael Phelps
  1. “You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.” – Olin Miller
  1. “No name-calling truly bites deep unless, in some dark part of us, we believe it. If we are confident enough then it is just noise.” – Laurell K. Hamilton
  1. “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie
  1. “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
  1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  1. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.” — Tyra Banks
  1. “Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.” – Richard Bach
  1. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
  1. “Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.”- Albert Einstein
  1. “When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.” – Marilyn Monroe
  1. “Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.” – Erma Bombeck
  1. “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.” – Marianne Williamson
  1. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle
  1. “Most people just want to see you fall, that’s more reason to stand tall.” – Emma Michelle
  1. “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” – John Lennon
  1. “Haters are just confused admirers because they can’t figure out the reason why everyone loves you.” – Jeffree Star
  1. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
  1. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” – Charlotte Brontë
  1. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey
  1. “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
  1. “Sometimes the best way to get someone’s attention is to stop giving them yours.” – Jeffree Star
  1. “Don’t tell me I’ve changed, when in reality, I just stopped dealing with you.” – Carson Kolhoff
  1. “Stop trying to change someone who doesn’t want to change. Stop giving chances to someone who abuses your forgiveness. Stop walking back to the place where your heart ran from. Stop trusting their words and ignoring their actions. Stop breaking your own heart.” – Trent Shelton
  1. “I don’t care about the consequences when I do something that my heart demands to be done.”- Unknown
  1. “Sometimes, you just have to stop caring. You have to turn off all emotion and feeling to protect yourself from getting hurt.”- Unknown
  1. “Sometimes, you have to forget and forgive. Forgive them for hurting you and forget that they exist!” – Jeffree Star
  1. “It’s incredibly liberating to spend an hour talking to someone and not caring about what you sound like. It’s about understanding myself. Sometimes I’ll speak to my therapist for an hour a day. It’s become part of my routine.” – Shakira

Sad ‘I Don’t Care’ Quotes

Here are some sad quotes that you could relate to and inspire yourself to move on.

  1. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.” – Unknown
  1. “The easiest way to avoid getting hurt is to stop caring but not caring is the hardest thing to do.”- Unknown
  1. “The day we stop crying is the day we stop caring.” – Mdiggit
  1. “Sometimes you are just tired of fighting and you just don’t care what happens anymore. When life gets tough, these quotes mirror your deep exhaustion perfectly.”- Unknown
  1. “Sometimes the only choice left to do is to stop caring. Make peace and move forward no matter how it hurts, because there is no reason to stay anymore.”- Unknown
  1. “When I’ve had enough, I stop. I just get to the point where I don’t care.”- Unknown
  1. “The difference between me and you is that I care and you don’t, and that hurts.”- Unknown
  1. “Yes, I think I am like the sea. I appear calm on the surface, but there’s a lot going on within. Many a times, I may not react to certain things, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care or I don’t have emotions.”- Atif Aslam

Sometimes to achieve your goals, it is imperative to turn a deaf ear to the words of pessimistic individuals. At such times, this list of “I don’t care quotes for self-motivation” could be beneficial. Reading these quotes during a time of distress could be a way of reminding your mind subtly that your likes and dislikes matter the most. Since you know your life better, these quotes could help you ignore the criticism and taunts of judgemental people. By abiding by these phrases, you can be your own source of motivation and start to prioritize your thoughts over others’ opinions.

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