self - self-respect
Love your neighbor as you love your self.
Jesus of Nazareth
have trouble loving yourself, imagine that everyone in the world
is a hungry soul whose life has been imperfect. Like you,
imperfect parents. Like you, tragedies and difficulties befell
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.
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.
most of all, I will love myself. For when I do, will
all things which enter my body, mind and soul. Never will I
the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with
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
with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to
and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the
People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the
and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty
realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us
find beauty in places where others have not dared
including inside ourselves.
Self-love is not opposed to the love of other
people. You cannot really
yourself and do yourself a favor
without doing other people a favor, and vice versa.
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
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
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
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.
If you aren't good at
have a difficult
and energy you
aren't even giving to
Barbara De Angelis
Don't forget to love yourself.
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
As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from
|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
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
You must love yourself before you love another. By
accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple
presence can make others happy.
|I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much
as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that
undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though
very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
There comes a time when you have to stand up and
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.
Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice.
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
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|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.
Love yourself first and everything falls into line.
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of the time you are growing up, people tell you what's wrong with
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
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
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,
in order to be strong, you have to love yourself, and in order
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the ones most difficult to accept.
|I am my own biggest
critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have
already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I
am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life
with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop
being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the
great things about me.
C. JoyBell C.
You can be the most
beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and
rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't
know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that
you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use
to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a
moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have
forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw
even one of your moments away.
|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
Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself,
but I love myself enough to keep that promise.
Life, the Truth, and Being Free
who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind;
they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness
Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power
and Spiritual Transformation
for others is the manifestation of love for self. We cannot love
more than we love ourselves. Life is a mirror. If you want to know
for yourself looks like, look at your love for others. If you want
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
When we don't love ourselves unconditionally, the
conditional love we give ourselves is all we
have to give anyone.
When we see ourselves as flawed, we also see
others as flawed.
|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
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.
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
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
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
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
quite possibly for the first time in your life.
self - self-respect
|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
I must not deserve to be loved and cherished. As a teen, I even
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
me. I imagined that I was holding young Denise on my lap and I
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.
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
of others yet fail your own. You can win every honor yet
you have accomplished nothing. What shall it profit a person
the esteem of the whole world yet lose his or her own?
Self-Esteem Every Day
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.”