Self-Compassion Quotes

Self-compassion is taking a step back and being kind and forgiving to yourself.

Accept that you’re not perfect, none of us are, and we all have our limitations and abilities.

Forgive your mistakes and shortfalls and comfort yourself just like you would if you were talking to a friend.

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To help you on your journey, I’ve compiled the best self-compassion quotes for you to enjoy.

Be good to yourself.

Self-Compassion Quotes

You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

Louise L. Hay
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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.

E.E. Cummings

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You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection that 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.

Anonymous

Self-compassion is key because when we’re able to be gentle with ourselves in the midst of shame, we’re more likely to reach out, connect and experience empathy

Brene Brown

Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself.

Nathaniel Branden

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.

Christopher Germer
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Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you—with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities.

Kristin Neff

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Painful feelings are, by their very nature, temporary. They will weaken over time as long as we don’t prolong or amplify them through resistance or avoidance.

The only way to eventually free ourselves from debilitating pain, therefore, is to be with it as it is. The only way out is through.

Kristin Neff

This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.

Kristin Neff

A second quality of mature spirituality is kindness. It is based on a fundamental notion of self-acceptance.

Jack Kornfield

When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.

Kristin Neff
quotes about self compassion

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell

The art of being yourself at your best is that art of unfolding yourself into the personality you want to be.

Learn to love yourself, be gentle with yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

Wilfred Peterson

Loving yourself is healing the world.

Jaymie Gerard

Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, so that we can give from our surplus, our abundance.

When we nurture others from a place of fullness, we feel renewed instead of taken advantage of.

Jennifer Louden

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry Thoreau

If you want to soar in life, you must first learn to F.L.Y – First love yourself.

Mark Sterling
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Love brings you face to face with yourself. It’s impossible to love another if you cannot love yourself.

John Pierrakos

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Dalai Lama

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

Carl Jung

Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you—with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities.

Kristin Neff

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde
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The degree to which you love yourself will determine your ability to love the other person, who will be reflecting back to you many of your own personality traits and qualities.

Sanaya Roman

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell

Our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.

Tara Brach

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light

Brené Brown

Be nice to yourself… It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.

Christine Arylo

It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.

Byron Katie

Be the love you never received.

Rune Cazuli

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. Now I see it as self-loving.

Kim McMillen

It is a beautiful experience being with ourselves at a level of complete acceptance.

When that begins to happen, when you give up resistance and needing to be perfect, a peace will come over you as you have never known.

Ruth Fishel

It’s like a mother, when the baby is crying, she picks up the baby and she holds the baby tenderly in her arms. Your pain, your anxiety is your baby.

You have to take care of it. You have to go back to yourself, to recognize the suffering in you, embrace the suffering, and you get a relief.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.

Vironika Tugaleva

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.

Clark Moustakas

Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at.

Pema Chodron

When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life.

John O’Donohue

Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

Elizabeth Gilbert

There’s no amount of self improvement that can make up for a lack of self acceptance.

Robert Holden

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

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.

Mark Twain

Drop the people who do not value you, respect you. Life has infinite horizons. Accept yourself, love yourself, and move forward.

Amit Ray

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.

Margo Anand

Self-compassion is critical in accountability. We often overcorrect by shaming and blaming ourselves or under correct by avoiding ways to face accountability directly.

Using self-compassion does not mean letting yourself off the hook for missteps but owning them and still holding space to love yourself.

Adding compassion to accountability processes decreases shame and isolation and increases growth and connection.

Gina Senarighi

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.

Tracee Ellis Ross

You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.

Ram Dass

An important aspect of self-compassion is to be able to empathically hold both parts of ourselves, the self that regrets a past action and the self that took the action in the first place.

Marshall Rosenberg

When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust.

Raja Krishnamoorthi

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou

Self-acceptance begets acceptance from others, which begets even deeper, more genuine self-acceptance. It can be done. But no one is going to bestow it on you. It is a gift only you can give yourself.

Camryn Manheim

Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.

J.K. Rowling

I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally, it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.

Queen Latifah

Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games or pop psychology. It is an act of the faith in the God of grace.

Brennan Manning

I was once afraid of people saying ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say ‘This is who I am.

Oprah Winfrey

Many of us follow the commandment ‘Love One Another.’ When it relates to caregiving, we must love one another with boundaries. We must acknowledge that we are included in the ‘Love One Another.

Peggi Speers

Prioritise self-care & incorporate a MINIMUM of 60 mins ‘ME TIME’ into your daily routine.

YES THERE ARE enough hours in the day. NO EXCUSES

Miya Yamanouchi

Stop beating yourself up for beating yourself up.

Eleanor Brownn

Self-compassion is critical in accountability. We often overcorrect by shaming and blaming
ourselves or under correct by avoiding ways to face accountability directly.

Using self-compassion doesn’t mean letting yourself off the hook for missteps, but owning them and still holding space to love yourself.

Gina Senarighi

You can’t change the outside without changing the inside.

Yong Kang Chan

Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.

Tara Brach

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.

Speak to yourself with compassion on the inside and you will radiate peace on the outside.

Amy Leigh Mercree

To be self-compassionate is not to be self-indulgent or self-centered. A major component of self-compassion is to be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with love, care, dignity and make your well-being a priority.

Christopher Dines

When we practice self-compassion in our lives, we are compelled to be more understanding and accepting toward ourselves.

Jose Incer

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