Family & Relationships: 50 self-love quotes to remind you of your worth

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The truest, deepest love comes from within — but, like any other relationship, it takes work.

Before you can truly show up for other people in your life, you need to be able to do the same for yourself. That means, taking credit for your accomplishments, learning to love quality alone time, basking in your natural beauty, and giving yourself the same grace you would typically reserve for a friend and partner.

Of course, loving yourself is easier said than done. Instead of letting the world define you, look within to better understand who you are and what you can bring to those around you. While reflecting, work your way down this list of self-love quotes from celebrities, authors, musicians and spiritual leaders for some inspiration.

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Below, Brené Brown, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and other inspiring minds offer wise words on their own self-love journeys, and how you can follow in their footsteps with the right words and actions.

Remember: Every relationship has ebbs and flows — including the one with yourself. So, say these quotes to yourself whenever you need a reminder of just how special you are. While you're at it, throw in a positive affirmation or two for good measure.

  • “how you love yourself is / how you teach others / to love you.” — Rupi Kaur, “Milk and Honey”
  • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
  • “When we fulfill our function, which is to truly love ourselves and share love with others, then true happiness sets in.” — Gabrielle Bernstein, “May Cause Miracles”
  • “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.” — Cheryl Strayed, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar”
  • “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” — Charles Bukowski
  • “You may cut me with your eyes / You may kill me with your hatefulness / But still, like air, I’ll rise.” — Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
  • "In your own life it’s important to know how spectacular you are." — Steve Maraboli, "Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience"
  • “May you always be the one / Who notices the little things / That make the light pour through / And may they always remind you/ There is more to life and there is more to you.” — Morgan Harper Nichols
  • “You and you alone are the only person that can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell. And the world needs your story because the world needs your voice.” — Kerry Washington
  • “You are the best mother, father, sister, friend, cousin, and lover you will ever have.” Oprah Winfrey
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  • "Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves." — Princess Diana
  • "To find a happy ending with someone else, first you have to find it alone." — Soman Chainani, "The Last Ever After"
  • “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” — Michelle Obama, “Becoming”
  • "Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self." — Priscilla Presley
  • “Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.” — Hannah Bronfman
  • “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel
  • “I’m really happy to be me, and I’d like to think people like me more because I’m happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.” — Adele
  • “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” — Beyoncé
  • “Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Be a master at loving yourself and people will follow.” — Kim Guerra
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  • "You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company." — Diane von Furstenberg, "The Woman I Wanted to Be"
  • “This life is mine alone. So, I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.” — Glennon Doyle, "Untamed"
  • "I’ve come to a realization that I need to be able to forgive myself for making the wrong choice, trusting the wrong person, or figuratively falling on my face in front of everyone. Step into the daylight and let it go." — Taylor Swift
  • "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
  • "You deserve a love that’s deeper than the ocean / A love that’s brighter than the sun / A love that’s higher than the mountains / A love that you can only find inside yourself." — Juansen Dizon, "Confessions of a Wallflower"
  • "If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are, we can all be freer." — Emma Watson
  • "If you’re not someone who has a natural and effortless love for yourself, it’s hard to let go of your desire to please other people, and that’s really not an ingredient for a happy life." — Anne Hathaway
  • "But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous." — Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex and the City"
  • "We can only love others as much as we love ourselves." — Brené Brown
  • "I believe self-love is a by-product of integrity. Living true to your values—whether you feel like it or not." Patricia Moreno
  • "Remember who you were before they told you who to be." —Dulce Ruby
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  • "And I can’t help lovin’ myself / And I don’t need nobody else / If I was you I’d wanna be me, too." Meghan Trainor, “Me Too”
  • "Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” bell hooks, "All About Love: New Visions"
  • "Do not let what he wants eclipse what you need. He is very dreamy … But he is not the sun. You are." Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, "Grey's Anatomy"
  • "I say it ain’t bragging if you can back it up."Muhammad Ali
  • "i found god in myself / and i loved her / i loved her fiercely." Ntozake Shange, “Lady in Red”
  • "Treat yourself like someone you love." ― Glennon Doyle, "Love Warrior"
  • "Nothing you resolve to do will make you worthy of love. You are enough right now." — Author Unknown
  • "look down at your body / whisper / There is no home like you.—Rupi Kaur, “thank you” from The Sun and Her Flowers
  • "I may be a senior, but so what? I’m still hot." Betty White
  • "Let me fall if I must fall. The one I will become will catch me." —Baal Shem Tov
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  • "Even when muddy / your wings sparkle bright / wonders that heal broken worlds." ― Aberjhani, “The River of Winged Dreams”
  • "Love is inside me. Other people might awaken it or threaten it, but as a capacity, it’s mine." — Sharon Salzberg
  • "I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me." Anna Quindlen, "Living Out Loud"
  • "You carry so much love in your heart. Give some to yourself." Author Unknown
  • "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
  • "Self love is not a place we get to but a place we choose."—Shannon Kaiser, "The Self-Love Experiment"
  • "Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity." — Katrina Mayer
  • "There is no beauty that can compare with the beauty of self-knowledge and the tranquility that comes when you accept yourself as you are." — Sophia Loren, "Women & Beauty"
  • "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." Oscar Wilde, "An Ideal Husband"
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