100 Be-Yourself Quotes That Will Help You Find Your Lost Self Esteem


Being yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself in life, it starts from loving yourself for who you are and not trying to be someone else. A healthy sense of self esteem can take you very far in life. Here are some good quotes about being yourself.

Quotes About Loving Yourself

1. “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 light from within.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

2. “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

3. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

5. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ” – M. Scott Peck

6. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

7. “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

8. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.” – Elizabeth Gaskell

9. “Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” – Stacey Charter

10. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Washington Thurman

See Also: 54 Brain Teasers With Their Answers For Adults

11. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Gustav Jung

12. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” – Robert Hand

14. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp

15. “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. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen

16. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

17. “Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one’s best.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

18. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

19. “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan

20. “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” – W.C. Fields

21. “There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” – Brian Andreas

22. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

23. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

24. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

25. “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” – Fred Rogers

26. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” – Maxwell Maltz

27. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

28. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

29. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Helen Keller

30. “I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.” – Kristen Neff

31. “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.” – Ram Dass

32. “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown

33. “She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.” – Anais Nin

34. “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” – Sidney J. Harris

35. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

36. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” – Sally Field

37. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

39. “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer

40. “When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.” – Harry Palmer

See Also: 53 Compelling Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think Forever

41. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” – Brigham Young

42. “To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” – Denis Waitley

43. “A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.” – Andrew Matthews

44. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

45. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

46. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

47. “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

48. “People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.” – Wayne Dyer

49. “There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” – Hindu Proverb

50. “Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.” – Dan Coppersmith

51. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

52. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” – Oscar Wilde

53. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” – André Gide

Quotes About Yourself

54. “ It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.” – Andre Gide

55. “ Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in..” – Janeane Garofalo

56. “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie

57. “ An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.” – Balzac

58. “ When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” – Picasso

59. “ Follow your own star!” – Dante Alighieri

60. “ You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you so be you proudly.” – Tegan Quin

See Also: 150 Best Trust Quotes Ever

61. “ To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings

62. “ God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” – William Shakespeare

63. “ The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

64. “Where’s your will to be weird?” – Jim Morrison

65. “ Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”11 – Bernard M. Maruch

66. “ Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

67. “ Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

68. “ Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg

69. “ I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” – Bobby Brown

70. “ How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?” – Katie McGarry

71. “ Don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason. You are enough! Be unapologetically you.” – Steve Mariboli

72. “ A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

73. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

74. “ Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

75. “ If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine

76. “ I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

77. “ At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

78. “ We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” – Andre Berthiaume

79. “ One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde

80. “Faithless To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

See Also: 200 Famous Success Quotes Everyone Needs

81. “ You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou5

82. “ There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.” – Anton Chekhov

83. “ I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

84. “ Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

85. “ Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” – Homer

86. “ About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” – Rita Mae Brown

87. “ Be yourself, don’t take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive.” – Gerard Way

88. “ Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

89. “ Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” – Benjamin Disraeli

90. “ If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” – Johann von Goethe

91. “ The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

92. “ Don’t let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. A confined identity is a miserable way to exist. Be you and live free. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people who support and love you, just as you are.” – Jaeda deWalt

93. “ If you want to be yourself, sometimes you can’t compare the economic benefit with art.” – Kelly Liang

94. “ To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono

95. “ You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” – Philip Pullman

96. “ You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” – Dr. Seuss

97. “ Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace

98. “ our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”6 – Steve Jobs

99. “ Art and life really are the same, and both can only be about a spiritual journey, a path towards a re-union with a supreme creator, with god, with the divine; and this is true no matter how unlikely, how strange, how unorthodox, one’s particular life path might appear to one’s self or others at any given moment.” – Genesis P-Orridge

100. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi4

101. “ If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – RuPaul

102. “They can’t scare me, if I scare them first.” – Lady Gaga

103. “ I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel

See Also: 250 Best Famous And Funny Inspiring Quotes