Loving Yourself

female in chair with legs upA woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself. —Maya Angelou

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld. —Martha Beck

It’s the little things that we do for ourselves—like having a small bud vase with one fresh flower—that impact the way we feel about ourselves, that lift our spirits, lift our mood and change the course of our day. —Nate Berkus

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known. —Brené Brown

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. —Rita Mae Brown

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. —Gautama Buddha

The best we can do is focus on what we have the power to improve in ourselves; and when it comes to body, love the one you’re with. —Sara Davidson

Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. —Ellen DeGeneres

Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life—is the source from which self-respect springs. —Joan Didion

Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach but, especially, we notice the beautiful faces and complex natures of each other. —Annie Dillard

You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty something years to learn how to love myself. I don’t have that kinda time to convince somebody else. —Daniel Franzese

If you realized how beautiful you are, you would fall at your own feet. —Byron Katie

I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times, but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers. —Helen Keller

You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side . . . Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance. —Anne Lamott

Come to know the power and authority of your graces with the same precision with which you have come to know your brokenness and pain. —Caroline Myss

I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me. —Anais Nin

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. —Anaïs Nin

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that . . . women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. —Louise Otto

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me. —Anna Quindlen

Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. —Gabrielle Roth

My heartfelt wish for you: as you get older, your self will diminish and you will grow in love. —George Saunders

Go for long walks, indulge in hot baths, questions your assumptions, be kind to yourself, live for the moment, loosen up, scream, curse the world, count your belssings, just let go, just be. —Carol Shields

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good. —John Steinbeck

There’s something in everybody that longs for that awakening to be more true to yourself. —Eckhart Tolle

If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small. —Eckhart Tolle

A sense of self lets you see others’ successes and become better, not bitter. Value yourself and you won’t want to be like anyone else. —Iyania Vanzant

There is a great Gloria Steinem quote—and I’m paraphrasing—’Become the man you want to marry.’ I’ve taken that on. What qualities do I find attractive, and can I find them in myself? What am I missing? Can I be that for myself? —Michelle Williams

The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge. —Marianne Williamson