61 Self Love Quotes That Ignite Self Healing, Self Worth and Self Esteem

While we all make time for all our physical needs throughout the day, we make little or no effort to nurture our emotional needs. They get tossed under the carpet like non essentials only to resurface in the form of stress and depression.

Hence, Self Love needs to become a priority in our lives daily!

In the last two articles I went deep into the reasons we deserve love and how to nurture self love. In this article I would like to provide you with the much needed inspiration to continue that journey of self love you have embarked on.

The 61 Self love Quotes below are some of my favorites. I especially pull out this list when I am not feeling very good…Usually when my self esteem has been hurt by external forces. Reading these quotes helps me bounce back instantly! May they do the same for you.

61 Self Love Quotes That Ignite Self Healing, Self Worth and Self Esteem

  1. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
    ~ Lucille Ball
  2. “Self-love seems so often unrequited.”
    ~ Anthony Powell
  3. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
    ~ Robert Morely
  4. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
     ~ Buddha
  5. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”
    ~ M. Scott Peck
  6. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
    ~ Mark Twain
  7. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
    ~ Harvey Fierstein
  8. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. “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
  10. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
    ~ Maxwell Maltz
  11. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
    ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
  13. “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
  14. “When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.”
    ~ Harry Palmer
  15. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
    ~ Brigham Young
  16. “To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
    ~ Denis Waitley
  17. “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
  18. “Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
    ~ Dan Coppersmith
  19. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.”
    ~ Elizabeth Gaskell
  20. “Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
    ~ Stacey Charter
  21. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    ~ Howard Washington Thurman
  22. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
    ~ Malcolm S. Forbes
  23. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”
    ~ Helen Keller
  25. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
    ~ Louise L. Hay
  26. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”
    ~ Oscar Wilde
  27. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
    ~ André Gide
  28. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
    ~ William James
  29. “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 compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
    ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  30. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
    ~ Diane Von Furstenberg
  31. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
    ~ Carl Gustav Jung
  32. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  33. “The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.”
    ~ Robert Hand
  34. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”
    ~ Johnny Depp
  35. “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”
    ~ Yogi Bhajan
  36. “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
    ~ W.C. Fields
  37. “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
  38. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
    ~ Benjamin Spock
  39. “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
  40. “People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.”
    ~ Wayne Dyer
  41. “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
  42. “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”
    ~ Ram Dass
  43. “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”
    ~ Rita Mae Brown
  44. “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
  45. “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
  46. “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
  47. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  48. “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
    ~ Sidney J. Harris
  49. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    ~ Anaïs Nin
  50. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.”
    ~ Sally Field
  51. “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 judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”
    ~ Kim McMillen
  52. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
    ~ Bob Moawad
  53. “Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one’s best.”
    ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
  54. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    ~ George Eliot
  55. “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
  56. “Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.”
    ~Wilfred Peterson
  57. “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.”
    ~ Kristin Chenoweth
  58. “Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.”
    ~ Les Brown
  59. “Love yourself instead of abusing yourself.”
    ~ Karolina Kurkova
  60. “To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”
    ~ Alan Cohen
  61. “I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself.”
    ~ May West

Which is your favorite self love quote from this collection? Do you have a personal favorite? Share it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. 

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5 thoughts on “61 Self Love Quotes That Ignite Self Healing, Self Worth and Self Esteem

  1. What a fantastic collection, Zeenat. I thought this one was interesting: ““Self-love seems so often unrequited.” It’s just so true, most of us don’t know how to love ourselves, and so much pivots on healthy self-love.

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