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89 Of The Best Self-Love Quotes Of All Time

Are there times when you look in the mirror and wish you were anyone other than the person you see reflected back at you?

You don't like your face or your body or the funny cowlick in your bangs.

Maybe you see yourself as incompetent, lacking personality, or unworthy in some way. We all feel bad about ourselves from time to time.

But it's when you can't find anything to like about yourself — when you can't embrace your own uniqueness and are unable to feel good about who you are then it becomes a problem.

When you don't know how to love yourself, you can undermine your relationships and every other part of your life. You simply can't function at an optimal level and fulfill your potential for happiness and success.

Learning to love yourself requires changing your mindset, practicing self-acceptance, and the being willing to look at yourself (the good and the bad) honestly and with compassion.

If you're feeling down on yourself and unable to offer yourself the love you deserve, perhaps a little inspiration will help shift your outlook.

Here are 89 of the best self-love quotes of all time:

Do your thing and don't care if they like it.

-Tina Fey

The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore.

― C. JoyBell C.

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

― Rita Mae Brown

When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.

― Jodi Picoult

The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore.

― C. JoyBell C.

There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.

– Brian Andreas

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Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

– Lao-Tzu

Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.

― Karl Lagerfeld

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

― Shannon L. Alder

Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can't accept who you are.

― Turcois Ominek

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.

― Charles Bukowski

I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.

― Kristen Neff

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Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.

― Warsan Shire

When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.

― Diane Von Furstenberg

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

― C.G. Jung

You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.

Simple Self-Confidence

― C. JoyBell C.

How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day…You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others.

― Steve Maraboli

To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.

― Victoria Moran

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

― Buddha

If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.

― Mandy Hale

If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.

― Victoria Moran

There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?

― C. JoyBell C.

It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self-love deficit.

― Eartha Kitt

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A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.

― Haruki Murakami

If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.

– Barbara De Angelis

I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise.

― Steve Maraboli

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.

― Madonna

Maybe she had it wrong all this time and her empty heart could never be filled by his ingenious broken spirit. Maybe this yearning had nothing to do with him, and everything to do with her.

― Coco J. Ginger

One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn't it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself.

― bell hooks

You are beautiful. Know this. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply lying. You are beautiful.

― Steve Maraboli

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You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.

— Eckhart Tolle

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If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

– Fred Rogers

I am more than my scars.

― Andrew Davidson

Did your mom ever tell you, ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything’? She was right–and talking nicely also applies when you’re talking to yourself, even inside your head. 

― Victoria Moran

Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

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I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

In your own life it's important to know how spectacular you are.

― Steve Maraboli

People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.

― Sanaya Roman

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

― Alan W. Watts

Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go ‘Uh, I’m kind of an asshole.

― Louis C.K.

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.

– Sally Field

Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.

― Steve Maraboli

Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful.

― Stephen Levine

There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power.

― Amit Ray

Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

– Parker Palmer

You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!

― Steve Maraboli

Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.

― Shannon L. Alder

Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.

― Amy Leigh Mercree

Forget about self-image and self-judgment. It's about self-love, and no one teaches you that at school. No one teaches you that if you accept and love yourself, nothing and no one can touch you. This is the only face and body you're ever going to get, so be comfortable and happy in it. Own it. Own every aspect of who you are and present it to the world with the utmost pride.

― Connor Franta

Self-love is the elixir of an immortal heart.

― Amy Leigh Mercree

Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.

― Deborah Day

A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.

– Andrew Matthews

Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

– Malcolm S. Forbes

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.

– Helen Keller

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

– Louise L. Hay

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

Fall in love with your solitude.

― Rupi Kaur

Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.

― Shannon L. Alder

It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.

― James Baldwin

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When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.

― Shannon L. Alder

Don't doubt yourself, that's what haters are for.

― Turcois Ominek

For so many years, I couldn’t understand why every time I thought that someone finally loved me, like… for real, they would eventually turn to vapor. Every person whom I’ve ever loved is trapped inside of my chest. I’ve breathed all of them in so deeply that I’ve nearly choked and died on every soul that I’ve ever given myself to.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.

― Eric Micha'el Leventhal

When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs, and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.

– Kim McMillen

Self-love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.

― Beau Taplin

Once you start recognizing the truth of your story, finish the story. It happened but you're still here, you're still capable, powerful, you're not your circumstance. It happened and you made it through. You're still fully equipped with every single tool you need to fulfill your purpose.

― Steve Maraboli

Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.

― Rob Liano

We can't be so desperate for love that we forget where we can always find it; within.

― Alexandra Elle

She held herself until the sobs of the child inside subsided entirely. I love you, she told herself. It will all be okay.

― H. Raven Rose

“Happily Single” is recognizing that you don’t need or want to be rescued from your life by a handsome prince because your life is pretty awesome, as is.

― Mandy Hale

Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.

― Amit Ray

The groove is so mysterious. We're born with it and we lose it and the world seems to split apart before our eyes into stupid and cool. When we get it back, the world unifies around us, and both stupid and cool fall away. I am grateful to those who are keepers of the groove. The babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.

― Lynda Barry

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

― Mary Dunbar

Always remember You are loved, You carry the love, You spread the love, You radiate the love And the love is returned to you.

― Karen Hackel

When we fulfill our function, which is to truly love ourselves and share love with others, then true happiness sets in.

― Gabrielle Bernstein

Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.

― Deborah Day

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

― Brené Brown

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When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn't healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.

― Kim McMillen

The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.

― Shannon L. Alder

I look out into the water and up deep into the stars. I beg the sparkling lanterns of light to cure me of myself — my past and the kaleidoscope of mistakes, failures and wrong turns that have stacked unbearable regret upon my shoulders.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

You are not broken. You are not a problem to be solved. Solving your “problem”, whatever you perceive your problem or problems to be, is not the key to happiness.

― Golda Poretsky

Whatever you do be gentle with yourself. You don’t just live in this world or your home or your skin. You also live in someone’s eyes.

― Sanober Khan

Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.

― Nikki Rowe

If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.

― Vironika Tugaleva

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I fantasize the night sky to be like a cosmic blueprint of my life as I close my eyes and unbutton my heart…. just in case anyone up there is listening.

― Jennifer Elisabeth

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