Though I am all for love, I am not all for Valentine’s day. One should show love and receive love every. single. day. You can’t do either, however, if you don’t love yourself first. Here are my favorite “love yourself quotes.” I hope they inspire you too.
“Little triumphs are the pennies of self-esteem.” – Florence King
Why this inspires me: Most people think you’re either born with self-esteem or you’re not. It’s not that way at all. Self-esteem starts with self-love and is built in the small moments where you feel pride for a day well-lived.
“You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.” – Amanda Palmer
Why this inspires me: An artist must know love to make somebody else feel something deeply. They must feel deeply themselves to translate that passion into an art that communicates the soul. This “love language” is the inspiration and the purpose of every artist’s creation.
“You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.” – Zadie Smith
Why this inspires me: Many have experienced that wide-open feeling you get in Manhattan. But the feeling is within you – and can be accessed no matter where you are. To me, it’s a feeling of “all-possibilities”. It’s a feeling of greatness budding forth and dying to be expressed. You are that greatness.
“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told.” – Lena Dunham
Why this inspires me: It is no great thing to withhold one’s light from the world. It is admirable to throw your shoulders back, chin high – and bring your gifts to the day – to all those who may benefit from them. Tell your story with pride! Because you are worth listening to, worth hearing!
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.” – Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”
Why this inspires me: No matter who you are, or what you’re creating, life is available to each the same. You are a unique puzzle piece in the tapestry of life. It is in this uniqueness – not in comparison – that one finds a deep and profound appreciation for himself.
“I don’t put off to tomorrow doing what I must do, right now, to find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.” – Ray Bradbury
Why this inspires me: The richness of life is born from the pursuit of passions that make the heart race and the eyes blaze with fiery desire. The choice to pursue those passions – right away and with urgency – is what gives life zest and momentum. Take it from a lawyer who denied her passion too long. Don’t delay. Life is now.
“Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.” – Leo Tolstoy
Why this inspires me: Leo Tolstoy maintained a friendship through written correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi until his death. He wrote this quote to Gandhi, and it strikes me as so true. Love is truly the source, course, and the goal of all of humanity.
In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, don’t forget to love yourself!