These self-compassion quotes and affirmations for self-compassion can help you remember to show yourself the same grace and acceptance you show to everyone you love in your life. Self-compassion is a powerful tool for personal healing so pick your favorite self-compassion quotes to print and place somewhere you can see it every day. You can download each quote or affirmation individually or download a free printable of all the self-compassion quotes and affirmations at the end of this post.
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If you saw my post How to Learn to Treat Yourself with Self-Compassion, you know I sometimes struggle with treating myself kindly and showing myself the same compassion I show others. I’ve been working on using the tips and exercises I shared in the post, but sometimes I need a reminder to actually use the skills I’m learning.
That’s why I love this set of self-compassion quotes. I can print out my favorites and tape them to my bathroom mirror where I’ll see them each morning when I wake up or place one on my office desk where I can see it while I’m working. Each quote is a visual reminder that I’m worthy of self-acceptance and self-love and to practice my self-compassion skills.
I hope you’ll find them useful as well. What is your favorite self-compassion quote?
Self-Compassion Quotes for Love and Acceptance
This is my absolute favorite self-compassion mantra to use in difficult times.
This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself. May I give myself the compassion I need. – Kristen Neff, PH.D.
I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now. – Louise Hay
If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete. – Jack Kornfield
Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise Hay
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
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.
If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama
I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. – Madonna
Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. – Deborah Day
Whatever you do, be gentle with yourself. – Sanoben Khan
I just want everyone to remember if you can love me. You can love yourself. Every single day. If you can love my big black ass at this tiny, tiny little desk, you can love yourself. – Lizzo
Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. – Pema Chodron
Loving Yourself is Healing the World! – Jaymie Gerard
You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. – Danielle LaPorte
We cannot change anything unless we accept it. – Carl Jung
What you resist, persists. – Carl Jung
All the happiness, self-confidence, and support you’re seeking is already within you. – Gabby Bernstein
Every aspect of ourselves has a gift. Every emotion and every trait we possess helps show us the way to enlightenment, to oneness. – Debbie Ford
You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. – Brene Brown
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. – Maya Angelou
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. – Sandra Bierig
If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self. – Wayne Dyer
So be who you really are. Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. – Ellen DeGeneres
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. – Amy Bloom
One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. – Bell Hooks
Affirmations for Self-Compassion
I am patient with the process of becoming who I am.
I forgive myself and accept my flaws.
I am enough
Everyone makes mistakes. I accept and forgive myself for mine.
I am gentle and loving with myself as I change and grow.
How can I nurture my soul today?
I’m proud of myself for trying. Lots of people don’t even try.
I’m doing my best and that is enough.
Today I will show up for me.
I am my own superhero.
I am releasing self-judgement and accepting self-love.
Let’s just take things one step at a time.
My opinion of myself is the only one that matters.
The past is the past. The future is mine to make.
My uniqueness is what makes me special.
I love and accept myself today.
I give my body the care it needs.
I’m kind to myself and to the world around me.
I’m healing myself with compassion.
I talk to myself with love.
I have come this far, and I can keep going.
I am trying to love myself a little more everyday.
I’m evolving every day.
I am working on loving myself.
Today I will not stress over things I cannot control.
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