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Self Love Series: 101 Loving Yourself Quotes

by Evelyn on May 10, 2011

From brilliant poets to inspirational writers and the great sages of all time, each had espoused one and the same: love within yourself leads you to love for all. It is the secret to living fully. Through self-love, you lay the foundation to becoming your greatest potential.

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(Love who you are. Love yourself through self acceptance, forgiveness and esteem. My collage illustrates Loving Yourself Quote #62 below.)

The following are 101 quotes to inspire you. I have also classified the quotes according to the sub-categories of self-love, where possible. Pick one each day to contemplate over its meaning. Enjoy!

1. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Buddha

2. “There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit, and supplies passion to our lives.”
– Elisabeth Kubler Ross

3. “The love you seek is seeking you at this moment.”
– Deepak Chopra

4. “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer….
No door that enough love will not open
No gulf that enough love will not bridge,
No wall that enough love will not throw down….
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,
How great the mistake,
Sufficient realization of love will resolve it all.
If only you could love enough,
You would be the happiest and most powerful being in the universe.”
– Emmet Fox

5. “Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
– Rumi, thirteenth century Sufi poet

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6. “Something inside you emerges….an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.”
– Eckhart Tolle

7. “Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.”
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

8. “Dedicate yourself to Love. Decide to let Love be your intention, your purpose, and your point. And then let Love inspire you, support you and guide you in every other dedication you make thereafter.”
– Robert Holden

9. “No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.”
– Barbara de Angelis

10. “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.”
– Dwight L Moody

11. “What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”
– Marcus Annaeus Seneca

12. “Self-love seems so often unrequited.”
– Anthony Powell

13. “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
– Veronica A. Shoffstall

14. “Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”
– Michel de Montaigne

15. “The things we hate about ourselves aren’t more real than things we like about ourselves.”
– Ellen Goodman

16. “Love is based on our capacity to trust in a reality beyond fear, to trust a timeless truth bigger than all our difficulties.”
– Jack Kornfield

17. “Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
– Louise L. Hay.

18. “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

19. “I am an artist of my own creation. I like myself.”
– Sondra Ray

20. “I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.”
– Louise Hay

21. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
– Wayne Dyer

22. “Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.”
– Thaddeus Golas

23. “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

24. “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”
– Sonya Friedman

25. “If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.”
– Louise L. Hay

26. “To love others, we must first learn to love ourselves.”
– Anonymous

27. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
– Oscar Wilde

28. “Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
– Alexander Smith

29. “About all you can do in life is be who you are.”
– Rita Mae Brown

30. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou

31. “A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.”
– Ken Keyes

32. “She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.”
– Anais Nin

33. “I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.”
– Louis L Amour

34. “Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.”
– Berthold Auerbach

35. “I didn’t belong as a kid, and that always bothered me. If only I’d known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.”
– Bette Midler

36. “Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do-can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music.”
– Barbara Sher

37. Ultimately, love is self approval.
– Sondra Ray

Self Acceptance

38. “The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.”
– Ben Sweet

39.”If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”
– Maxwell Maltz

40. “Accept your humanness as well as your divinity, totally and without reserve.”
– Emmanuel

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41. “Resolve to be thyself … he who finds himself loses his misery!”
– Matthew Arnold

42. “We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.”
– Shakti Gawain

43. “Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.”
– Jean Vanier

44. “Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.”
– Saint Francis de Sales

45. “I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be?”
– Golden Hawn

46. “A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself.”
– Axel Munthe

47. “Our entire life … consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”
– Jean Anouih

48. “Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.”
– Michel de Montaigne

49. “I’m not OK, you’re not OK-and that’s OK.”
– William Sloane Coffin

50. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.”
– Sandra Bierig

51. “You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled then something has been lost.”
– Martha Graham

52. “Oh, I’m so inadequate. And I love myself!”
– Meg Ryan

53. ““Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.”
– Author unknown

54. “The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.”
– Paul Tillich

55. “Contentment, and indeed usefulness, comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities-of not trying to conform to some dramatized version of ourselves.”
– David Grayson

56. “We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
– Roderick Thorp

57. “Accept the place the divine providence has found for you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”
– Bill Copeland

59. “Be content to seem what you really are.”
– Marcus Aurelius

60. “People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.”
– Sa’Di

61. “The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”
– Mark Twain

62. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “It’s OK if you mess up. You should give yourself a break.”
– Billy Joel

64. “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
– William James

65. “How I relate to my inner self influences my relationships with all others. My satisfaction with myself and my satisfaction with other people are directly proportional.”
– Sue Atchley Ebaugh

Celebrate Who You Are

66. “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
– Abraham Lincoln

67. “When you know you are doing your very best within the circumstances of your existence, applaud yourself!”
– Rusty Berkus

68. “You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, “I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.”
– Mariah Carey

69. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
– Oprah Winfrey

70. “If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.”
– Ralph Emerson.

71. “Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton

72. “When you know you are doing your very best within the circumstances of your existence, applaud yourself!”
– Rusty Berkus

Self-trust and Belief

73. “Our doubts are traitors and makes us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
– William Shakespeare

74. “Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.”
– Ellen Sue Stern

75. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

76. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”
– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

78. “Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown.”
– Author Unknown

79. “Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.”
– Michel de Montaigne

80. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.”
– Tyra Banks

81. “If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.”
– Nicholas de Chamfort

82. “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”
– Sonya Friedman

83. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
– Louisa May Alcott

84. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
– Johann von Goethe

85. “Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by the belief in your heart.”
– Robert Collier

86. “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment – or unlearning – of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is…our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.”
– Marianne Williamson

87. “I’ve learned to trust myself, to listen to truth, to not be afraid of it and to not try and hide it.”
– Sarah MchLachlan

88. Yours is the energy that makes your world. There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.”
– Jane Roberts

89. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
– Edmund Hillary

90. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”
– Mary Kay Ash

91. “Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.”
– Ellen Sue Stern

Self Esteem

92. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

93. “Your problem is you’re … too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”
– Ram Dass

94. “If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”
– Author Unknown

95. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

96. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
– African Proverb

97. “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. People who do not experience self-love have little or no capacity to love others.”
– Nathaniel Branden

98. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.”
– Sally Field

99. “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.”
– Sally Kempton

100. “A gold medal is a nice thing – but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.”
– From Cool Runnings

101. “Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.”
– Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Your Favorite Self Love Quote?

I have listed 101 quotes. Which is your favorite self-love saying and why?

Shine and Smile in Self-Love Always,

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P.S. Self Love Series

Today’s post is part of the series on Self Love that I am publishing on my site. Missed any of the earlier posts? Here are the links once again…

Self Love Series: Take a Self Love Quiz

Self Love Series: Say Yes to Loving Yourself

Self Love Stories: Lessons from the Heart

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My favorite quote from your list, which is definitely hard to narrow down, would be:

“To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” – Sandra Bierig

I think this is my favorite because I can just really relate to this at this point in my life… I feel like people’s greatest obstacle is accepting themselves for who they are. They need to be proud of every aspect of themselves. We are all perfectly imperfect. It is what makes us unique. It is what makes us different. This is nothing to be ashamed of but something to be cherished.

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