100 Self-Care Quotes to Give Yourself the Care You Deserve

We must always remember to take care of ourselves and here are 100 self-care quotes to remind ourselves of that.

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Start your mornings with these quotes or read them at night, or anytime you wish, to make self-care a part of your life and mind every day.

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Self-Care Quotes

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”
–Deborah Day

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”
– C. JoyBell

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”
– Nathaniel Branden

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
– Lalah Delia

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
– Etty Hillesum

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
– Christopher Germer

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
– Jack Kornfield

“When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.”
– John O’Donohue

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
– Anna Taylor

“Acknowledge, accept, and honour that you deserve your own deepest compassion and love.”
– Nanette Mathews

“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

“Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.”
– Thaddeus Golas

“The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself.”
– Bryant McGillns

“We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self-care.”
– Dr Sara Gottfried

“Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first; it means me too.”
– L.R. Knost

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
— Audre Lorde

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”
– Deborah Day

“Learning to love yourself is like learning to walk—essential, life-changing, and the only way to stand tall.”
– Vironika Tugaleva

“Be you, love you. All ways, always.”
― Alexandra Elle

“Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
– Jackie Viramontez

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

“You aren’t doing “nothing” when you choose to put your well-being first. In fact, this is the key to having everything.”
― Brittany Burgunder

“When you can’t find your purpose in a day, make it to look after yourself.”
― Dodie Clark

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”
– Joyce Meyer

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

Related: 7 Ways to Be a Good Friend to Yourself From Today

Self-Care Quotes for Your Smile

“The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.”
Bryant H. McGill

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

“The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.”
Bryant H. McGill

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. “
Tom Wilson

“Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.”
– Sri Chinmoy

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”
Chinese Proverb

“Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?”
Joel Osteen

“Everyone smiles in the same language.”
– George Carlin

“Strong people are ones who can smile for others’ happiness.”
Veronica Purcell

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa

“A smiling face is a beautiful face. A smiling heart is a happy heart.”
Dr T.P. Chia

“Keep a smile on your face and let your personality be your autograph.”
Unknown

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.”
– Steve Maraboli

“Smile at the obstacle, for it is a bridge.”
Medusa

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
Joseph Addison

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo Buscaglia

“After every storm, the sun will smile; for every problem, there is a solution, and the soul’s infeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”
William R. Alger

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Self-Care Quotes on Self-love

“Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.”
– Sri Ravi Shankar

“I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.”
– Louise Hay

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
– Jack Kornfield

“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

“Self-respect, self-worth, and self-love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.”
– Rob Liano

“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

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

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

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”
– Unknown

“I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be?”
– Golden Hawn

“Our entire life… consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”
– Jean Anouih

“You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.”
– Ram Dass

“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

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

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

“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

“When nobody celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.”
– Joel Osteen

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

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

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”
– Alan Cohen

“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

“As you build trust in yourself, your ability to expand your vision and fully live in your magnificence is amplified.”
– Miranda J. Barrett

"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

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

"If you could only 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

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company."
- Diane Von Furstenberg

"The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off."
- Robert Hand

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

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

“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

Related: 50 Insightful Self Love Journal Prompts

Self-Care Quotes on Gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”
– Jacques Maritain

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
– Aesop

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”
Jim Rohn

“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”
— Tecumseh

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
John F. Kennedy

"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
Frank A. Clark

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
— Epictetus

"Forget yesterday--it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow--you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift--today."
Steve Maraboli

"We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count."
Neal A. Maxwell

"Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
— Robert Braathe

"In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day--or to celebrate each special day."
Rasheed Ogunlaru

"This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before."
Maya Angelou

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
Henri Frederic Amiel

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
— Charles Schwab

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
Willie Nelson

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
Dalai Lama

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
— Albert Einstein

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy."
Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Continue Reading: The Most Wonderful Thank You Songs (with Spotify playlist)

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