45 Self-Love Quotes to Boost Your Confidence

Everybody say “self-love!” Here are 50 self-love quotes that can help you reclaim your place as the heroic hunty in your life.
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As a wise, wigged glamazon once said, "If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" As far as gay motivational quotes go, that one arguably takes not just the cake but the whole bakery, and for good reason. Regardless of your sexuality, self-love is one hell of a way to practice self-care and become comfortable in your own skin.

Although Mama Ru’s philosophical crumbs are always welcome in our queer corner of the world, you’re probably curious about other self-love quotes out there. If so, lucky you, because the library is officially open. Here we’ve gathered our favorite phrases that highlight your inherent self-worth, quotes that make you rethink your image and learn to love yourself, and quotes that foster self-acceptance.

45 inspirational quotes that’ll have you feeling yourself

Strap yourself in for a veritable gush session about the most important thing in your life: you! Here are 45 love and self-confidence quotes (many from gay icons) that can help you find the motivation to be your best self every day. Pick your favorites to use as positive mantras.

  1. “Talk to yourself like you would talk to someone you love.” — Brené Brown
  2. “When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” — Paulo Coelho
  3. “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” — Warsan Shire
  4. “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side.” — Dr. Maya Angelou
  5. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” — Mark Twain
  6. “Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise Hay
  8. “There is you and you. This is a relationship. This is the most important relationship.” ― Nayyirah Waheed
  9. “Keep taking time for yourself until you’re you again.” — Lalah Delia
  10.  “You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” — James R. Sherman
  11. “Not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand, but ultimately they are indistinguishable.” — M. Scott Peck
  12. “I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” — Wayne Dyer
  13. “I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. “I can’t be there for other people unless I’m there for myself. I can’t really work to push our movement without really investing in myself. By investing in yourself, you’re also investing in your community.” — Dior Vargas
  15. “We are all stronger, smarter, talented, beautiful, and more resilient than we were told." — CeCe McDonald
  16. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde
  17. “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” — Diana, Princess of Wales
  18. “I’m all about body positivity and self-love because I believe that we can save the world if we first save ourselves.” — Lizzo
  19. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.” — Harvey Fierstein
  20. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” — Beyoncé
  21. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” — Tina Fey
  22. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
  23. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” — Sophia Loren
  24. “The people who trigger us to feel negative emotions are messengers. They are messengers for the unhealed parts of our being.” — Teal Swan
  25. “I am what I am: an individual, unique and different.” — Charlie Chaplin
  26. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” — Rumi
  27. “Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” — George R.R. Martin
  28. “When you take care of yourself, you're a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” — Solange Knowles
  29. “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.” — Helen Keller
  30. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” — Marcus Garvey
  31. “You look ridiculous when you dance. You look ridiculous when you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.” — Gertrude Stein
  32. “Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.” — Bryce Courtenay
  33. “If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities — the expression of love — then life itself loses its meaning.” — Harvey Milk
  34. “It is how we feel about ourselves that provides the greatest reward from any activity. It is not what we get that makes us valuable; it is what we become in the process of doing that brings value into our lives.” — Jim Rohn
  35. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” ― Rupi Kaur
  36. “I don't fit into any stereotypes, and I like myself that way.” — C. Joybell C.
  37. “I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. “ — Edward Everett Hale
  38. “Choose, every day, to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love.” — Alison Malee
  39. “If you wish to be loved, love." — Hecaton of Rhodes
  40. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton
  41. “I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.” — Louis L'Amour
  42. “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” — Charles Bukowski
  43. “Make happiness your priority and be gentle with yourself in the process.” — Bronnie Ware
  44. “I love the person I’ve become because I fought to become her.” — Kaci Diane
  45. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” — Madonna

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Whether you’re trying to find your inner pride or inspire yourself to action on behalf of the LGBTQ community, self-love quotes are a great place to start. Discovering ways to be yourself with quotes like these unlocks many beautiful things in life. When you learn to extend the same love to yourself that you extend to others, everything starts falling into place. 

It’s rewarding to practice quotes to know your worth, but sometimes self-lovin’ just won’t scratch that itch — you know, the one right on the tip of your dick? Never fear; you can find everything from Mr. Right to Mr. Right Now on Grind. Who knows? Maybe these quotes can even inspire a little extra confidence in the bedroom!

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