If you’re ever feeling down on yourself, here are 25 quotes on self-love to peruse. If you gain anything out of these, I hope it’s the knowledge that not only is it OK to love yourself, but it is encouraged. Loving who you are brings joy to yourself and those around you, creating a life that is much more enriching and radiant for many.

The greatest tool of self-love is self-awareness. Once you truly know yourself, love is the only option. – Vironika Tugaleva

You can receive all the compliments in the world, but that won’t do a thing unless you believe it yourself. – Criss Jami

Do your thing and don’t care if they like it. – Tina Fey

Accept yourself: flaws, quirks, talents, secret thoughts, all of it, and experience true liberation. – Amy Leigh Mercree

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

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

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Always accept and feel comfortable with your flaws, that way no one can ever use them against you. – Unknown

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy. – Deborah Day

You are magnificent beyond measure, perfect in your imperfections, and wonderfully made. – Abiola Abrams

Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body. – Golda Poretsky

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.

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. – Christopher Germer

Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are. – Stephanie Lahart

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

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

We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good friend who believes in you, wants the best for you, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged. – Kelly McGonigal

Don’t worry about growing older or pleasing others. Please yourself. – David Brown

I am a big believer in the mirror test. All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you’ve done your best. – John McKay

When you feel good about yourself, others will feel good about you, too. – Jake Steinfeld

Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you. – Steve Maraboli

It has never been a crime to love yourself first. Neither is it a crime to love yourself more. – Edmond Mbiaka

My Dear Friend,
Don’t ever allow yourself to forget how incredibly special you are, even for a single second. Without you, the world would not be as magnificent. Let yourself remember to love again, starting with you loving you. – Miya Yamanouchi

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by Michelle Balge
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