Inspirational Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes: Self-Love

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.
Michel de Montaigne

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
African Proverb

It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.
Marcel Proust

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Les Brown

The words "I am" are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
A.L. Kitselman

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
Author Unknown

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton

Self-love depressed becomes self-loathing.
Sally Kempton

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
Sylvia Plath

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
Sally Field

At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That's wonderful, and I'm happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?
Phillip C. McGraw

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
David Brinkley

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.
Jean Guitton

Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.

Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.
Les Brown

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
Author Unknown

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
Roderick Thorp

It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
W.C. Fields

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
La Rochefoucauld

We do not deal much in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.
Mark Twain

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
Walt Disney

Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.
Laurence van der Post

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.
Louise L.Hay

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

Success comes in cans, not cant's.
Author Unknown

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.
Katherine Anne Porter

Put your future in good hands - your own.
Author Unknown

The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Margaret Young

The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”"
Rita Mae Brown

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.

Only you can set you free.
Living Colour

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
Michel de Montaigne

What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
Lauren Bacall

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
Henry Van Dyke

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
Peter T. Mcintyre

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Anaïs Nin

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Michael Jordan

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary

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

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
Eric Hoffer

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.
Cecil Selig

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Dr. Seuss

Spirit can walk, spirit can swim, spirit can climb, spirit can crawl. There is no terrain you cannot
Irisa Hail

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.

Your problem is you're... too busy holding onto your unworthiness.
Ram Dass

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Veronica A. Shoffstall

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
Jeremy Taylor

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.
Sonya Friedman

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
Karen Ravn

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Walt Whitman

The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Dag Hammarskjold

Love yourself instead of abusing yourself.
Karolina Kurkova

I feel my body, my mind, weighted down - all is heavy - but my blood, my inner fire, my passion, the little unburdened kid in me, patiently wait to burst free. Some of us die never having burst.
Drew Sirtors

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Where there is great love there are always miracles.
Willa Cather

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
Mathew Arnold

Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your
choices, and everything is possible.
Cherie Carter-Scott

But respect yourself most of all.

We have nothing to lose by trusting the infinite power of the Self, except the bondage of our own ignorance.
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Take the time to come home to yourself every day.
Robin Casarjean

One cannot spend forever sitting and solving the mysteries of one's history.
Lemony Snicket

There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Hindustani Proverb

Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.
Chinese inscription cited by Thoreau in Walden

It's like, at the end, there's this surprise quiz: am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now! Was it worth what I paid?
Richard Bach

Falling, falling, falling, falling down. Look yourself in the eye before you drown.
Emily Saliers

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Self-Worth: The Unconditional Love of Self

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lizw. said...

These are amazing. Thank you so much.

Angela said...

wow i think you are so amazing I love what your wrote in your bio I have been guilty too of wasting so much time trying to reach "perfection" i love your blog I have also created a web site against anorexia because I feel is is something that has affected and killed so many women and men and its not spoken about enough please check out and leave me an email i am going to tell others about your blog please dont stop this.


MrsMenopausal said...

You're welcome and thank you, Lizw. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

MrsMenopausal said...

Angela, thank you so much for your kind words. You made my day. :) Congratulations and best of luck with your new blog and being an advocate for ED recovery! That's wonderful.

Peg Spencer said...

These are great quotes! I found them while researching for an article on eating disorders.

I especially love that you put Dr. Seuss in here. That man could say it!

MrsMenopausal said...

Yes he could! :)
Thank you.

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Ines said...

I love these quotes. I love reding things like that. They really help in a difficult situation. Great blog!

MrsMenopausal said...

Thank you, Ines. :)

Hayleigh Kicks said...

I look at this daily. Thank you x

MrsMenopausal said...

I'm so glad you like them, Hayleigh. :) Thank you.

Jenny said...

Beautiful collection, every single one of them had their own blow. I especially liked the one by Rita Mae Brown, “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself”. Superb!!! Thanks for the effort and also thanks for sharing.

MrsMenopausal said...

Thank you, Jenny :)