As natural as it might come to others, true self-love is one of the most difficult things a person can achieve in a lifetime.

First and foremost, just to remove any type of confusion, self-love and narcissism are not the same. While narcissism can be destructive to the self and affect others around you in negative ways, self-love will bring you nothing but joy.

Think of it as a package made out of self-esteem, self-acceptance and the kindness one can show to oneself in different situations. Self-love does not mean you’re selfish. It means that you’ve finally learned what makes you happy, what your standards and boundaries are.

You’re finally okay with cutting off whatever doesn’t feel right in your life. You treat everyone with the same amount of love and respect, but now you also know that your time and feelings are just as valuable as any other’s.

Self-love means understanding and forgiving yourself, just like you’d do with your loved ones. Loving yourself will make you happier, your life easier, and you’ll finally be able to chase your dreams, but with much more energy and confidence this time around.

Here are 25 self-love quotes that will empower you

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

LUCILLE BALL (more Lucille Ball quotes)

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

LOUISE HAY (more Louise Hay quotes)

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 THURMAN

Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.  

ANDRE GIDE

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.  

M. SCOTT PECK

Love yourself. Enough to take the actions required for your happiness. Enough to cut yourself loose from the drama-filled past. Enough to set a high standard for relationships. Enough to feed your mind and body in a healthy manner. Enough to forgive yourself. Enough to move on.

STEVE MARABOLI

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.  

MARK TWAIN

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

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.

ROBERT MORLEY

People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.

DAN PEARCE

Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.

ANNA TAYLOR

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.  

ALAN WATTS (more Alan Watts quotes)

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.

BRENÉ BROWN (more Brene Brown quotes)

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

SHANNON L. ALDER

Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.

ROB LIANO

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

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

It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self-love deficit.  

EARTHA KITT

If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.

WAYNE DYER (more Wayne Dyer quotes)

No other love no matter how genuine it is, can fulfill one’s heart better than unconditional self-love.

EDMOND MBIAKA

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

HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

OSCAR WILDE

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right here.

VENUS WILLIAMS

It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.

JAMES BALDWIN (more James Baldwin quotes)