Have you found yourself thinking negative thoughts or being overly critical toward yourself lately? It may be time for a heart-to-heart session … with yourself.

The saying goes that you can’t love other people without first loving yourself. And it’s true! Plus, it’s easy to put into practice by reading a few self love quotes to remind yourself of your worth.

Using the generator, find self love affirmations and quotes that resonate best with you and areas you want to improve on. Then, write them down on a sheet of paper and hang them on your mirror. When you wake up in the morning, repeat these sayings about self love out loud.

It may seem silly, but repeating affirmations to yourself can do a lot for your self love!

Self-Love Quotes and Affirmations to
Build Self-Esteem

“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

If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself. — Beyonce

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I understand and appreciate my self-worth.”

Affirmation

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Marianne Williamson

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Lucille Ball

“Today, and every other day, I choose me.”

Affirmation

“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”

Rupi Kaur

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

“Be the love you never received.”

Rune Lazuli

“I am worthy of good things.”

Affirmation

“Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minutes. As is.”

Brene Brown

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Oscar Wilde

“I accept myself and my faults.”

Affirmation

I celebrate myself, and sing myself. — Walt Whitman

“The real difficulty to overcome is how you think about yourself.”

Maya Angelou

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

Charles Bukowski

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

Jack Kornfield

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. — Jorge Luis Borges

“I will strive to be myself and no one else.”

Affirmation

“My opinions and thoughts matter.”

Affirmation

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Coco Chanel

“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

“I am a unique individual.”

Affirmation

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

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

Shannon L. Alder

“I will omit negativity in my life.”

Affirmation

“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”

Denis Waitley

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s a necessity.”

Mandy Hale

“I am deserving of love.”

Affirmation

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. — Malcolm S. Forbes

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”

Maxwell Maltz

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

Sally Field

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.”

Lisa Hayes

“I will nuture relationships with positive people.”

Affirmation

“I am enough.”

Affirmation

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. — Mark Twain

“Be yourself — not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I will be confident in my unique self today.”

Affirmation

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“I cherish myself and those around me who promote love and kindness.”

Affirmation

To thine own self be true. — William Shakespeare

“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

“I will not apologize for being myself.”

Affirmation

“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

“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

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. — Maya Angelou

“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

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

Louise L. Hay

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

Rumi

“My approval is the only approval I need.”

Affirmation

“In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”

Caroline Cardwell

“My decisions are my own and no one else’s.”

Affirmation

“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”

André Gide

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. — J.K. Rowling

“I decide the most subversive revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed.”

Anne Lamott

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

Buddha

“I am not alone. I am supported and protected by those who love me.”

Affirmation

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

Rita Mae Brown

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

Diane Von Furstenberg

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. — Elizabeth Gilbert

“I love who I am, inside and out.”

Affirmation

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

Carl Jung

“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”

Vironika Tugaleva

“I will release myself of negative thoughts.”

Affirmation

“You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.”

Ram Dass

“Being myself is a choice I make everyday.”

Affirmation

“You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.”

Hermann Hesse

“I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.”

Walt Whitman

“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“I do not need other people to feel happy.”

Affirmation

“Know who you are. Know what you want. Know what you deserve. And don’t settle for less.”

Tony Gaskins

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”

Tina Fey

“The fact that someone else loves you doesn’t rescue you from the project of loving yourself.”

Sahaj Kohli

“I am compassionate towards myself.”

Affirmation

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror?”

Byron Katie

“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

“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

“My devotion to my happiness is not selfish.”

Affirmation

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

“I am who I am and I have the need to be.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I value myself and my imperfections.”

Affirmation

“I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be”

Golden Hawn

“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”

Louise L. Hay

“Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

William Shakespeare

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

Self love is made up of many different things beyond just loving yourself, such as self-esteem, acceptance of yourself, authenticity and your ability to reflect and understand who you are.

Your self-esteem is all about how you value yourself. If you don’t value yourself, it can be hard to love yourself as a result. With valuing and loving yourself comes comes acceptance, meaning accepting who you are and not wishing you were anyone else.

This acceptance is tied into your authenticity—being who you are and staying true to yourself. And finally, if you are authentic to yourself, you can also reflect on yourself and truly understand your strengths and weaknesses without reverting to negativity.

Once you understand all these aspects of self love, loving yourself is much easier, but everyone still needs a reminder every once in awhile. That’s why these affirmations and quotes about self love will help you remember to be kind to yourself.

How to Practice Self Love

Beyond saying quotes and affirmations to yourself in the mirror, there are many other ways you can practice self love. Be it by spending time reflecting in a journal or buying yourself flowers, there any many different ways you can boost your self-esteem and act more kindly toward yourself.

Though every person’s self love journey is unique, here are a few ways you can practice self love beyond reading self love quotes:

  • Practice mindfulness. Be it with yoga or journaling, spending time to reflect and be alone with yourself provides a simple approach for self love.
  • Dedicate regular time to self care. Whether you treat yourself to a spa day or spend a day unplugged, giving yourself some regular TLC is an easy way to practice self love.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Look for people who lift you up and encourage you, and who aren’t filling your life with negativity.
  • Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes! Learn from what you did and grow from it, but don’t beat yourself up.

Self love isn’t easy and can take a lot of effort. After you’ve found a quote or affirmation that works best for you, be sure to treat yourself to something nice. It can be something small, like a box of dipped strawberries, or something more extravagant like an at home spa day. Whatever it is though, remember that you deserve it!

Sources

Positivity Blog | Psychology Today 1, 2 | Notes on Bliss | The Coffeelicious | Goodreads | Habits For Wellbeing | Bustle 1, 2, 3 | Everyday Power Blog | The Odyssey 1, 2 | Huffington Post | Anne Sophie | Develop Good Habits