78 Inspiring Self-Esteem Quotes That Remind You To Love Yourself As You Are

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Your self-esteem is made up of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions of yourself and reflects your own worth. It also affects your judgment and attitude toward yourself. This, in turn, affects how you see the world.

The most important relationship you will ever have in your life is the one you have with yourself.

This being said, it is one you probably learned the least about while you were growing up.

You were taught to be kind to your siblings, parents, family, friends, and even strangers but there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on yourself. You may have been taught from an early age that focusing on yourself was selfish, but that is incorrect; it is self-love.

The best advice I was ever given was from my Grandma. She said, "Take care of your mothers’ daughter."

I’d like to give you that gift here now, with inspirational quotes to help you see yourself in another light.

Change the inner world and watch the outer world provide. If you want to improve your relationships with those around you, start with your own. You need to boost your self-esteem and self-love so you can see the beauty within, then you will be able to see it in others.

Self-Esteem Quotes

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There are many different ways you can boost your confidence but I hope these 20 inspiring quotes about self-esteem will help you along your journey to get there:

1. “Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.” — Claude M. Bristol

2. “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far." — Swami Vivekananda

3. “You are not your mistakes; they are what you did, not who you are.” — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

4. “Be everything to you, not everything to everybody.” — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

5. "One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” — Shiela Murray Bethel

6. “Accept yourself as you are right now.” — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

7. “Start loving yourself and everything else will come.” — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

8. “Avoid focusing on what you cannot do. Instead, focus on what you can do and accomplish without expecting approval and recognition from others." — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

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

10. “A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

11. “No matter what you look like or think you look like you’re special and loved and perfect just the way you are.” — Ariel Winter

12. “Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.” — Taylor Swift

13. “I am a strong woman with or without this person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.” — Queen Latifah

14. “When we are stressed we tend to do stupid things to ourselves.” — Lisa Lieberman-Wang

15. “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible.” — Ariana Dancu

16. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” — Ziad K. Abedelnour

17. “A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.” — Ellen Barrier

18. “Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, & don’t point fingers. They stand & they deal.” — Mandy Hale

19. “We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”— Marie Curie

20. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

21. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” — Charlotte Brontë

22. “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” ― August Wilson

23. “Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey

24. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ― Sharon Salzberg

25. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.” ― Harvey Fierstein

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26. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ― Marilyn Monroe

27. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” ― Mark Twain

28. “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ― Warsan Shire

29. “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” ― Dan Pearce

30. “When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.” ― Jodi Picoult

31. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” ― Brigham Young

32. “Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.” — Scott Hamilton

33. “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

34. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

35. “There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson

36. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” ― Andre Gide

37. “One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox

38. “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ― Frederick Douglass

39. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” ― Shannon L. Alder

40. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

41. “You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

42. “You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here”  — Ram Dass

43. “At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey.” ― Steve Maraboli

44. “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ― Louise L. Hay

45. “Altruism raises your mood because it raises your self-esteem, which increases happiness. Plus, giving to others gets you outside of yourself and distracts you from your problems.” — Karen Salmansohn

46. “There are so many more important things to worry about than how you're perceived by strangers.” ― Dennis Lehane

47. “I'm not a wannabe. I'm who I wannabe.” ― Hawk Nelson

48. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” — Jack Canfield

49. “We're miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and resentment and mortality.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

50. “To me, self-esteem is not self-love. It is self-acknowledgement, as in recognizing and accepting who you are.” — Amity Gaige

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51. “Believe in yourself up here and it will make you stronger than you could ever imagine.” ― Sarah Dessen

52. “People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

53. “At the core of your heart, you are perfect and pure. No one and nothing can alter that.” ― Amit Ray

54. “Never underestimate yourself.” ― Carolyn Mackler

55. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable. Lovable means I feel people want to be with me. They invite me to parties; they affirm I have the qualities necessary to be included. Feeling capable is knowing that I can produce a result. It's knowing I can handle anything that life hands me.” — Jack Canfield

56. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” ― Madonna

57. “I never loved another person the way I loved myself.” ― Mae West

58. “Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” ― Lucille Ball

59. “Don't belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.” ― Corita Kent

60. “The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

61. “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” — Margaret Thatcher

62. “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” — Nathaniel Branden

63. “Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” ― Bernard Branson

64. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.” — Sam Walton

65. “Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.” — Louise Hart

66. “For once, you believed in yourself. You believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.” ― Sarah Dessen

67. “I may be wrong, but I am never in doubt! And anyone who has been around me for even a minute understands that my self-confidence and self-esteem is sometimes overwhelming!” — Dan Pena

68. “You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg

69. “I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson

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

71. “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” ― Dr. Roopleen

72. “Your self-esteem won't come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.” — Stacy London

73. “Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.” — Lilly Singh

74. “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

75. "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

76. "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line." — Lucille Ball

77. "My best advice is to celebrate your own unique features and never put them down. There is beauty in individuality, and it's so important to appreciate everything your body allows you to do. It's OK to have a down day — we all do from time to time — but it's not OK to compare yourself to others." — Philomena Kwao

78. "If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers

Mistakes are feedback letting us know there are different ways to do something. Make tons of mistakes and teach others what you learned.

Remember to F.L.Y.— first love yourself! Continue to inspire yourself and grow and watch your self-esteem flourish with you.

Share with your friends and watch the world become a better place, one person at a time.

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Lisa Lieberman-Wang is a relationship expert and creator of the neuroscience Neuro Associative Programming (NAP). You can find more helpful tips to loving yourself, letting go and improving your self-esteem and your life at Fine To Fab.

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