100 Inspirational Self Care Quotes To Remind You How Special You Are

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Self-care is so important, but it can be hard to remember to practice self-care when you're feeling down or overwhelmed. That's why we've put together this list of 100 self-care quotes to remind you how special and loved you are! These quotes will help inspire you to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically.

100 Inspirational Self-Care Quotes

1. "Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves."— Princess Diana

2. "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 

3. "The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."— Anna Quindlen 

4. "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."— Sir Edmund Hillary

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5. "Loving yourself isn't vanity. It's sanity."— Katrina Mayer

6. "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." — Coco Chanel

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7. "Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don't care if they like it."— Tina Fey

8. "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does—that makes you a winner right there."— Venus Williams

9. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. "Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." — Lucille Ball

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11. "Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." — Oprah Winfrey

12. "Be who you are and say how you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."  Dr. Seuss


13. "It is important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself."  Diane Von Furstenberg

14. "Don't sacrifice yourself too much because if you sacrifice too much, there's nothing else you can give, and nobody will care for you."  Karl Lagerfeld

15. "Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."  Sophia Loren

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16. "The challenge is not to be perfect — it is to be whole."  Jane Fonda

17. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi

18. "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself the other for helping others."  Maya Angelou

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19. "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."  Anne Lamot

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20. "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."  Dolly Parton

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21. "If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."  Jack Kornfield

22. "It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them. And why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized."  Wayne Dyer

23. "To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life."  Jill Bolte Taylor

24. "Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause."— Cecilia Tran

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25. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." — Stephen Covey

26. "Self-care doesn't necessarily mean jogging!" — Sandra Oh

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27. "Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent." — Billy Graham

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28. "Honestly, self-care is not fluffy. It's something we should take seriously." — Kris Carr

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29. "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

30. "I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they'll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be." — Kristen Neff

31. "Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." — Oprah

32. "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

33. "Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical." — Sophia Loren

34. "Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down." — Roy T. Bennett

35. "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." — Brené Brown

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 36. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." — Nora Ephron

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37. "Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's about accepting all of yourself." — Tyra Banks

38. "Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." — Joel Osteen

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39. "Self-care is non-negotiable. That's the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care." — Jonathan Van Ness

40. "People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness, and inclusiveness." — Sanaya Roman

41. "Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future." — Alice Walker

42. "Self-love is the source of all our other loves." — Pierre Corneille

43. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." — Leo Tolstoy

44. "I want to feel my life while I'm in it." — Meryl Streep

45. "The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself." — Deepak Chopra

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46. "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." — Doug Larson

47. "There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself." — Brian Andreas

48. "When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn't healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs, and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving."  — Kim McMillen

49. "One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself." — Shannon L. Alder

50. "Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you." — Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

51. "Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life." — Steve Maraboli

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 52. "The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." — Bob Moawad

53. "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

54. "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." — Audre Lorde

55. "Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break." ― Akiroq Brost

56. "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." — John F. Kennedy

57. "We turn not older with years but newer every day." — Emily Dickinson

58. "We can climb mountains with self-love." — Samira Wiley

59. "Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace." — Izey Victoria Odiase

60. "Self-care is your fuel … Whatever the road ahead or the path you've taken, self-care is what keeps your motor running and your wheels turning." — Melissa Steginus

61. "If you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself." — Dalai Lama

62. "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

63. "Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable." — Jackie Viramontez

64. "To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life." — Jill Bolte Taylor

65. "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." — Sydney J. Harris

66. "You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." — Louise L. Hay

67. "If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress, and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it." — George Burns

68. "Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn't last, but meditating every day does." — Carrie-Anne Moss

69. "Don't take your health for granted. Don't take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised." — Jada Pinkett Smith

70. "Self-care should include the cold shower as well as the scented tub." —Mary Catherine Bateson

71. "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." — Carol Burnett

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 72. "Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire." — Amy Ippoliti

73. "Sometimes you just need to be selfish to be self-sufficient." — Lois P. Frankel

74. "I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion." — Billie Jean King

75. "If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself." — Barbara De Angelis

76. "Self-care isn't selfish. It's self-esteem." — Ashley Judd

77. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." — C.S. Lewis

78. "Every morning, look in the mirror and affirm positive words into your life." — Lailah Gifty Akita

79. "I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk." — Tony Robbins

80. "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." — Phyllis Diller

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 81. "I think I deserve something beautiful." — Elizabeth Gilbert

82. "To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family." — Michelle Obama

83. "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one." — Eleanor Roosevelt

84. "Self-love is an ocean, and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first." — Beau Taplin

85. "Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." — André Gide

86. "Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home." — Sri Ravi Shankar

87. "Once you embrace your value, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you." — Rob Liano

88. "Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." — Eleanor Brownn

89. "Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on." — Maxwell Maltz

90. "If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience the wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated." ― Victoria Moran

91. "Be you, love you. All ways, always." ― Alexandra Elle

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 92. "Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily." ― Tia Walker

93. "Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax." ― Matt Haig

94. "As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep." ― Akiroq Brost

95. "Taking care of myself doesn't mean 'me first.' It means 'me, too." ― L.R. Knost

96. "Just because you take breaks doesn't mean you're broken." ― Curtis Tyrone Jones

97. "If someone doesn't care about himself, you begin to lose interest after a while." ― Kem Nunn

98. "You can do this, and if you can't do it today, you'll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure." ― Alisha Rai

99. "You use up everything you've got trying to give everybody what they want." ― Nina Simone


100. "You don't have to be "perfect" to be happy!" ― Kanika Saxena

Never Forget How Special You Are

It can be tough to remember how invaluable we are on days when our self-esteem takes a hit. That's why it's essential to have a stash of inspiring quotes that remind us!

Write down one of these 100 self-care quotes today, and use it as your mantra for the week. We promise you'll feel better about it.

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