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25 Most Inspirational self-love quotes for valentine’s day

On Valentine’s Day, do you take time to focus on the person most deserving of your love? That would be you. It’s good to love others, of course, but it is absolutely vital to love yourself. Here are two dozen (plus one!) self-love quotes, just in time for Valentine’s Day (better than roses, yes?)

People seem to have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day more than any other holiday. The whole “love” concept can make us so, I don’t know…uncomfortable.

Love is complicated.

Love is hard.

It’s never guaranteed.

Valentine’s Day is an in-your-face reminder of the love we want, the loves we’ve lost, the love we read about in storybooks that just doesn’t translate to real life.

We put so much pressure on ourselves to express that special romantic love that we push aside all the other ways we experience this emotion.

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The people who enjoy Valentine’s Day the most just might be those who have moved on from defining the holiday as “couples only” and expanded to celebrate all the kinds of love we experience in life.

And I agree – Valentine’s Day should be a day to celebrate all forms of love. And that means your partner, family members, friends, and – most importantly! – yourself!

Perhaps the most complex love of all is self-love.

Here are twenty-five self-love quotes to remind you that self-love must come before all others. Enjoy these quotes on Valentine’s Day, and any other time you need a little reminder to love yourself and have an extra dose of emotional self-care.

self-love quotes for Valentine’s Day

1. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath

2. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

3. The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” – E.E Cummings

4. “Self-love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.” – Beau Taplin

5. “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

6. “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Set your life on fire.” – Rumi

7. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle

8. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball

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

10. “There is you and you. This is a relationship. This is the most important relationship.” – Nayyirah Waheed

11. “Take heart, gentle soul, you may not be like the rest of them, but you are still whole.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

12. “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

13. “My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.” – Anaïs Nin

14. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morley

15. “I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” – Maya Angelou

16. “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” – Charles Bukowski

17. “You are the one that you’ve been waiting for.” – Byron Katie

18. “By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better.” – Laverne Cox

19. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” – Rupi Kaur

20. “Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.” – Unknown

21. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli

22. “You are enough just as you are. Each emotion, everything in your life, everything you do or do not do… where you are and who you are right now is enough. It is perfect.” – Haemin Sunim

23. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” – Brené Brown

24. “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

25. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” – Madonna

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Which of these quotes speaks most strongly to you? Let me know in the comments!

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