50 Quotes About Being Single & Proud

You only get this time now.

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Although I’ve already celebrated being totally and unequivocally single on Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day) it’s nice to know there’s a whole lot of empowering quotes and fun, true-to-life memes dedicated to being alone... and HAPPY.

Being single has such a stigma. It’s as though you can't be happy because you're not in a relationship. The thing is, sometimes being alone and loving yourself is far better than loving and investing in the wrong person. And a little "you time" is never a bad thing, either. Your single months (or years) are nothing to be ashamed of and can actually be the best times of your life, especially when it comes to personal growth and self-love.


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Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for the journey you’re on. Make the most of your singleness!

Below are 50 quotes to remind you why being single actually has its benefits.


1. Tell them “boy bye.”

“A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.” ― Mandy Hale

2. Being single means being in control.

“Don't let society fool you into believing that if you don't have a girlfriend or boyfriend then you're destined for a life of misery. The Dalai Lama has been single for the last 80 years and he is one of the happiest people on earth. Stop searching for happiness in places outside of yourself, and start finding it where it has always been: within you.” ― Miya Yamanouchi


3. Singledom is a choice.

“I love being single. It's my choice, not a sentence. It's not a state that I'm in until someone better comes along. Don't feel sorry for me. I love my life." ― Sarah Morgan

4. You’re a rose among weeds.

“Every rose has its thorn, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with a ton of pricks.” ― Unknown

5. You define you.


“You don’t need a significant other to lead a significant life.” ― Mandy Hale

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6. Being single means knowing what you need right now.

“Being single doesn’t mean that you know nothing about love.” ― Unknown

7. Never settle for less.

“Single is no longer a lack of options — but a choice. A choice to refuse to let your relationship status define your life but to live every day Happily and let your Ever After working itself out.” ― Unknown

8. If you can be single, you can be anything.

“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” ― Unknown


9. You have to be the best of the best to be with me.

“My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.” ― Warsan Shire

10. Being single teaches you how to love yourself.

“If you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of someone else." ― Sahithi Setikam


11. No Rules in Singledom.

“I love being single. I can come and go as I please and stay out as late as I want to.” ― Eric Dickerson

12. Live your life to the fullest.

“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, the dream for love… but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.” ― Unknown

13. It doesn’t mean no, it means not yet.

“Being single doesn't necessarily mean you're available. Sometimes you have to put up a sign that says, 'Do Not Disturb' on your heart.” ― Wiz Khalifa

14. Love yourself and the time you have now.

“Single is not a status. It is a word that best describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.” — Unknown


15. Quality alone time is a good thing.

“I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person." ― Oscar Wilde

16. Wanting people in your life is different than needing them.

“Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them.” ― Unknown


17. Show me you’re worth my time.

“Yeah, I’m single, but you’re gonna have to be amazing to change that.” ― Unknown

18. Happiness starts with you.

“If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts." ― Thomas Merton

19. You don’t lose yourself when you love yourself.

“You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in a life is the relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose.” ― Jo Coudert

20. Being single isn’t forever.


“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” ― Unknown

21. Embrace your solitude like a boss.

“If you really are going to be a happy single, you have to stop treating being single as the annoying time that you pass between relationships and embrace it. Rather than focusing on what you lack, focus on what you have: You.” ― Natalie Lue

22. Being with yourself is best.

“Being single is definitely better than being with the wrong person.” — Unknown

23. Love yourself so no one has to.

“Even when it seems that there is no one else, always remember there’s one person who never ceased to love you — yourself.” — Unknown


24. Self-love is most important.

“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

25. You’re your longest relationship.

“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves.” ― Eda Leshan


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26. You have a mind of your own.

“I think, therefore I'm single.” ― Liz Winston

27. There’s nothing wrong with it.

“Some people think it's wrong, being single isn't right. But you hurt the right person you'll be wrong all your life.” ― Tyga

28. Celebrate you every day.

“Being single is about celebrating and appreciating your own space that you're in.” ― Kelly Rowland

29. Burn brighter than the sun.

“You are the flame, not the moth. And your job is to burn with conviction.” ― Heidi Priebe

30. Angels walk among us.


“She is a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.” ― J.M. Storm

31. Me > You.

“Some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

32. Only you can define yourself.

“Our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves. I think a lot of times we don’t do that. We spend our time pleasing, satisfying, looking out into the world to define who we are; listening to the messages, the images, the limited definitions that people have of who we are.” — Michelle Obama

33. Being single means choosing your own happiness.

“Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” — Sarah Jessica Parker


34. It takes strength.

“It takes a strong woman to remain single in a world that is accustomed to settling with anything just to say they have something.” — Unknown

35. Without you, I’m still complete.

“And you scare people because you are whole all by yourself.” — Lauren Alex Hooper

36. Know your worth.

“People aren’t defined by their relationships.” — Nina Dobrev


37. Choose people because you can.

“Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.” — Mandy Hale

38. Don’t be afraid of solitude.

“Too many women throw themselves into romance because they're afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won't do that.” — Julia Delpy

39. Enjoy your time now.

“Be grateful for your singleness. It has made you strong and independent and unflinching in your unwillingness to settle. It has protected you from wrong men and forced you to take risks and taught you the value of your own company. It has given you the space and grace to become exactly who you are.” — Unknown

40. Thank U, Next to all the men who are scared of your power.


“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” — Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie

41. More relationships, more problems.

“I love being single. It's almost like being rich.” — Sue Grafton

42. Build your own world.

“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” — Anais Nin


43. Pop champagne and party for yourself.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” — Walt Whitman

44. A happy self is necessary for a happy relationship.

“If you’re not happy single, you're not gonna be happy married.” — Nick Vujicic

45. Don’t be afraid of the single life.

“People would be a lot better off if they’d enjoy being single.” — Lewis Black


46. Never settle. Ever.

“Discover why you’re important, then refuse to settle for anyone who doesn’t completely agree.” — Fisher Amelie

47. Never lose sight of who you are.

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

48. Learn what it means to love and be loved.

“If you are fantasizing love, you are still single from within a heart no matter what your relationship status is.” — Pratik Akkawar

49. The right one is coming.

“You’re single not because you are not good enough for one, it’s that you’re too good for the wrong one.” — Chris Burkmenn  

50. The truth comes out when you’re single.


“I don’t need Prince Charming to have my own happy ending." — Katy Perry  

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Isabella Ong is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.