By Kate Thora

One of the most essential parts of self-growth and development is learning to love yourself. Beating yourself up over little mistakes or perceived flaws only holds you back from enjoying life, growing as a person, and in your personal goals. Low self-esteem often leads to self-sabotage and fear of failure. When you learn to love yourself, you’ll find an inner stability that will keep you steady even during difficult times, and you’ll experience less heart break searching for validation from others. Self-love will make life simpler, and you’ll be happier. Here are some of the most inspiring quotes that will motivate you to love yourself.
 
1. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

2. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
– Mark Twain

3. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball

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

5. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “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

7. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”
– Helen Keller

9. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
– Louise L. Hay

10. “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
― Tina Fey
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11. “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
― Rita Mae Brown

12. “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”
― C. JoyBell C.

13. “Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
― Aberjhani

14. “To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.”
― Victoria Moran

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

16. “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
― Charles Bukowski

17. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.”
― Steve Maraboli

18. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”
– Oscar Wilde

19. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
– William James

20. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
– Diane Von Furstenberg

21. “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

Kate Thora
Kate Thora is a Senior Content Specialist for Uphours, an online resource with information about companies. She loves to play sport, write and dance to her favorite traditional Indian music. Follow her on Twitter.