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Self-Love


  
Love yourself first and
everything falls into line.

Lucille Ball

   

You must love yourself before you love another.  By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.         -unattributed

   

You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company -- a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion.       -Orison Swett Marden

   
It is of practical value to learn to like yourself.  Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.        -Norman Vincent Peale
   

People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.        -Salma Hayek

   
I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black:  it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.         -June Jordan
    
Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice.  Without it our other efforts to love fail.  Giving ourselves love we provide our inner being with the opportunity to have the unconditional love we may have always longed to receive from someone else.        -Bell Hooks
   
Love your neighbor as you love your self.      -Jesus of Nazareth

  
Most of the time you are growing up, people tell you what's wrong with you.  Your coach tells you, your parents tell you, the teachers tell you when they grade you. I think that's very good in the early stages, because it helps you then develop skills.  But at some point in your career, generally I think when you are in your teens, you look in a mirror and you have to say, despite all the bumps and warts, "I like that person I'm looking at, and let's just do our best."        -Robert D. Ballard
    
You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere.  You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.       -the Buddha
    
The question "Is this an act of self-love or is it an act of self-sabotage?" is one you must consistently ask yourself if you are committed to having all that you want and all that you deserve.  When you love yourself you feel worthy and deserving of claiming the gifts of this world.  Self-love gives you peace of mind and balance.  Self-love gives you self-respect and the ability to respect others.  It gives you the confidence to stand up and ask for what you want.  Self-love is the main ingredient in a successful, fulfilled life.        -Debbie Ford
    
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
   
When we don't love ourselves unconditionally, the limited, judgmental, conditional love we give ourselves is all we have to give anyone.  When we see ourselves as flawed, we also see others as flawed.       -unattributed
   
My primary relationship is with myself--all others are mirrors of it.  As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others.  If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment.  My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.  As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from others.       -Shakti Gawain
   
Self-love is not opposed to the love of other people.  You cannot really love yourself and do yourself a favor without doing people a favor, and vise versa.        -Karl Menninger
   
I believe that probably the most important thing is that a loving person is a person who loves him or herself.  Now people are going to sit up and say, "Oh, oh, what does he mean by that?"  I'm not talking about the ego trip.  I'm not talking about standing before a mirror and saying, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?  You're so right, mirror."  You know that isn't what I'm talking about when I say a person who loves him or herself.  I'm talking about a person who loves oneself as being someone who realizes that you can only give away what you have, so you damned well better work at getting something.  You want to be the most educated, the most brilliant, the most exciting, the most versatile, the most creative individual in the world, because then you can give it away; and the only reason you have anything is to give it away.        -Leo Buscaglia
   
If you have trouble loving yourself, imagine that everyone in the world is a hungry soul whose life has been imperfect.  Like you, they had imperfect parents.  Like you, tragedies and difficulties befell them.  If you could hear each person's story, you would probably be moved to tears and want to reach out and embrace that person.  You would want to tell them that in spite of everything they've gone through, they have great value.        -Daphne Rose Kingma
    
My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.         -Mohandas Gandhi
   
There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:  This is me damn it!  I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love!  I am a whole complex package.  Take me. . . or leave me.  Accept me--or walk away!  Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don't fit your idea of who I should be and don't try to change me to fit your mold.  If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.  When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad-- you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.       -Stacey Charter
    
And most of all, I will love myself.  For when I do, will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, mind and soul.  Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.  Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the wisdom and knowledge of the ages.  Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.  Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.       -Og Mandino
   
Don't forget to love yourself.        -Søren Kierkegaard
   

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Many of us fear that we are not attractive or desirable enough to attract others.  We have believed that we are "not enough."  Today let's remind ourselves that we all receive our beauty, energy, and light from the same inexhaustible source.  As we acknowledge this and begin to love and appreciate ourselves as we are, our channel opens and we have available to us the infinite vitality, beauty, and magnetism of the life force.     -Shakti Gawain, Reflections in the Light
  
The first love affair you must consummate is the love affair with yourself.  Only then are you ready for a romantic relationship.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
The first problem, of course, is that we haven't learned to love ourselves.  That's the first problem.  We can only give to another what we have to give.  And if we have no love over here, we can't give it over there.     -Neale Donald Walsch, Little Book of Life
  
The feeling of being valuable is a cornerstone of self-discipline because when you consider yourself valuable you will take care of yourself--including things like using your time well.  In this way, self-discipline is self-caring.     -M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
  
I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, "I love you."  There is an African saying which is:  "Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”     -Maya Angelou
   

  
You can be loved by your family, your mate, and your friends yet not love yourself.  You can be admired by your associates yet regard yourself as worthless.  You can project an image of assurance and poise that fools almost everyone yet secretly tremble with a sense of inadequacy.  You can fulfill the expectations of others yet fail your own.  You can win every honor yet feel that you have accomplished nothing.  What shall it profit a person to gain the esteem of the whole world yet lose his or her own?     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Growing up, I was the kind of kid that thrived on approval, so when I didn't get any I thought that there must be something wrong with me.  I must not deserve to be loved and cherished. As a teen, I even tried to take my life because I thought I wasn't worthy enough to take up space on the planet.
    It was a long journey to discover that I was a good person. One of the things that helped, was to travel back through time to that younger me. I imagined that I was holding young Denise on my lap and I telling her, again and again, that she was a lovable, worthwhile person.  Eventually she began to believe me.
    Being loved and cherished starts with loving yourself. Tell that younger you, "You are so loved and lovable. You deserve the best in life!" and by doing this your present and your future are enriched. It works. Shine On!     -Denise Linn
  
The catch is, to transmit the highest frequency of love, you must love yourself, and that can be difficult for many.  If you focus on the outside and what you see now, you may trip yourself up, because what you see and feel about you now is the result of what you used to think.  If you don't love you, the person you see now is likely to be full of faults that you have found in yourself.
  
To love yourself fully, you must focus on a new dimension of You.  You must focus on the presence inside of You.  Take a moment and sit still.  Focus on feeling the life presence inside you.  As you focus on the presence within, it will begin to reveal itself to You.  It is a feeling of pure love and bliss, and it is perfection.  That presence is the perfection of You.  That presence is the real You.  As you focus on that presence, as you feel, love, and praise that presence, you will love yourself fully, quite possibly for the first time in your life.     -Rhonda Byrne
    
We receive mixed messages about taking good care of ourselves.  Love thy neighbor as thyself means to love thyself and thy neighbor.
  Yet, self-love often is confused with selfishness and conceit.  We are selfish when we do not love and accept ourselves, and attempt to take from others to fill the emptiness.
   Conceit indicates low self-worth and an attempt to conceal it.  It is difficult to extend to others what you have not been able to give yourself.
   Take good care of yourself so you can care about the rest of us.     -Jennifer James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
  
Love for others is the manifestation of love for self. We cannot love another more than we love ourselves. Life is a mirror. If you want to know what love for yourself looks like, look at your love for others. If you want to know what your love for others look like, look at your love for self. When you love yourself this way, you love God this way. This relationship is the divine love triangle:  self, God, and others in any order.     -Marlon Hartley Lindsay
  
People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.     -Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation
  
I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself.  I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break.  Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise.     -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  

    

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