40 Inspiring Quotes About Accepting Who You Are

  • “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” – Amy Bloom
  • “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” – Kurt Cobain
  • “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Sharon Salzberg
  • “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Sharon Salzberg
  • “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama XIV
  • “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu
  • “It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.” – Henry David Thoreau

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  • “If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoing a transformation.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • “Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” – Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale
  • “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  • “You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.” – Irvine Welsh
  • “To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”.” – Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
  • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
  • “I lock eyes with my reflection and don’t look away. The day you look away you start to lose yourself. I’m never going to lose myself. You are what you are. Deal with it or change.” – Karen Marie Moning, Iced
  • “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” – C.G. Jung
  • “When you stop living your life based on what others think of you, real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • “Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” – Siddhārtha Gautama
  • The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “Deeply respecting yourself is the first step toward having a deep respect for others.” – Amy Leigh Mercree, The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, & Soul Mates
  • “Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
  • “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward.” – Roy Bennett
  • “It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.” – Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy
  • “No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance.” – Robert Holden
  • “They are called, “SELF-worth” and “SELF-esteem” for a reason… we can’t let others decide what we are worth, that is so dangerous! Empower yourself!” – Jaeda DeWalt
  • “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you” – Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
  • “YOU are your own guru. YOU are your own soul mate. YOU are powerful. Take the reins and drive your carriage home to love.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
  • “Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.” – Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” – E.E. Cummings
  • “When we embrace who we are the world embraces us right back.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
  • “Over the last few years, my comfort level with how I look has improved. My age has helped. You get used to yourself and accept yourself.” – Lynn Redgrave
  • “Self-acceptance means living the life you choose to live without worrying what others think about you. It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks about you. What matters is what you think about yourself. Life is about choices—your life choices, not someone else’s choice about how you should live.” – Sadiqua Hamdan, Happy Am I. Holy Am I. Healthy Am I.
  • “True love begins when you accept yourself in your totality. Then, and only then, can you completely love another.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
  • “The beauty you see in others is the true reflection behind the lens of the real person you see in yourself.” – Germany Kent
  • “The best version of ourselves is to be our true selves; perfection is not necessary.” – Rodolfo Peon
  • “Accept yourself: flaws, quirks, talents, secret thoughts, all of it, and experience true liberation.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
  • “For once, you believed in yourself. you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.” –  Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
  • “Commandment #1: Believe in yourself. Commandment #2: Get over yourself.” – Kristan Higgins
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