The most important relationship you’ll have is with yourself.
Self-love is the most important type of love on Earth. Why? Because you must learn how to love yourself before you can love others. You can’t love someone else without loving yourself first.
Many people crave love from others. They’ll search for it like crazy, but what they really need to do is find love within themselves.
When you learn to love yourself, you gain respect for yourself and you start to know your worth. Loving yourself first means realizing what you deserve and knowing that you don’t NEED someone else’s love to feel whole.
If you don’t love who you are, people can see right through that and they’ll start to take advantage. You’ll find yourself in toxic, manipulative and controlling relationships because others will feel like they can walk all over you. If you truly loved yourself, you wouldn’t let people treat you that way.
The road to self-love doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long and powerful journey. They’ll be days when you feel more confident and happy than usual and days when you can’t stand looking at that person in the mirror. It’s all normal and it’s all a learning process.
It’s important to take baby steps. For example, look in the mirror and give yourself at least one compliment each day. You’ll start to believe what you’re saying and see the beauty within yourself.
Take care of yourself and do things that make you happy. Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful and let that confidence soar. People will start to take notice and the love you have for yourself will begin to grow more and more every day.
You deserve the world, but you need to truly believe that first. Once you start focusing on loving yourself, everything else will start falling into place. To help lead you on the path of loving yourself, here are 25 quotes about self-love.
1. When you don’t care about the haters.
“Self-love is the greatest middle finger of all time.” — Unknown
2. When the love for yourself just keeps growing.
“That’s the beautiful thing about self-love — you wear it like a dress and it becomes more and more exquisite with time.” — April Green
3. It’s never too late to start loving yourself more.
“I am new here. To this self-love. To this whole love. To this not changing for anyone, not apologizing to anyone, sort of kind and pure love. And I am never leaving. My heart is overflowing.” — Alison Malee
4. Self-love is a learning process.
“I forget how to love myself most days. But I keep trying. I keep trying. And that alone is a victory.” — Alison Malee
5. Because nobody will love you like you love yourself.
“Baby, love yourself like you’re not waiting for someone else to do it.” — Unknown
6. You should be #1 in your life.
“Make yourself a priority.” — Unknown
7. Lead by example.
“Perhaps, we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.” — Rudy Francisco
8. When you make yourself happy.
“Be your own reason to smile.” — Unknown
9. A little confidence goes a long way.
“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” — Lalah Deliah
10. Be in love with who you are.
“My goal is to fall in love with everything that I am.” — Unknown
11. Treat yourself the way you would treat others, with kindness.
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” — Karolina Kurkova
12. You deserve some of your own love.
“You carry so much love in your heart. Give some. To yourself.” — r. z.
13. You’re worthy of everything and more.
“Be enough for yourself first. The rest of the world can wait.” — fw
14. Self-love is the key to happiness.
“Self-love, my sweet friend. Self-love.” — K. Azizian
15. You’re in charge of your life.
“Loving yourself is you taking your power back.” — Unknown
16. Loving yourself doesn’t make you a selfish person.
“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It is sanity.” — André Gide
17. Your relationship with yourself is the most important.
“Your biggest commitment must always be to yourself.” — Bridgett Devoue
18. When you no longer put up with other people’s BS.
“Love yourself so much that when someone treats you wrong, you recognize it.” — Rena Rose
19. When you’re a tough person who doesn’t give up.
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski
20. Get to know yourself better.
“Before anything else, find yourself. Be yourself. And love yourself.” — Unknown
21. Be YOU.
“Be a girl with adventure, a lady with confidence and a woman with bravery.” — Aly Aubrey
22. You don’t need a man to feel good about yourself.
“I will celebrate this life of mine, with or without you. The moon does not need the sun to tell her she is already whole.” — Lang Leav
23. Always know what you deserve.
“Love yourself. Be clear on how you want to be treated. Know your worth. Always.” — Maryam Hasnaa
24. Let go of everyone’s negativity.
“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” — Pema Chodron
25. Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on self-growth.
“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” — Iyanla Vanzant
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Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.