Self-compassion is the ability to love yourself and forgive yourself when things went wrong for you.

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Top 10 Self Compassion Quotes

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Enjoy life – there are no re-runs. ~ Shirley Lowery.

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Loving Yourself is Healing the World! ~ Jaymie Gerard.

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~ Joseph Campbell.

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James.

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The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. ~ Mark Twain.

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“You have peace,” the old woman said, when you make it with yourself. ~ Mitch Albom.

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When you say, ‘Yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself. ~ Paulo Coelho.

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

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We can weather disappointment in ourselves better if we act kindly towards ourselves. ~ Gina Simmons Schneider.

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The secret to peace is right under our noses. Slow down, love yourself, sloth and smell the roses! ~ Sabrina Moyle.

Famous Self Compassion Quotes

An important aspect of self-compassion is to be able to empathically hold both parts of ourselves, the self that regrets a past action and the self that took the action in the first place. ~ Marshall Rosenberg.

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. ~ Maya Angelou.

It’s like a mother, when the baby is crying, she picks up the baby and she holds the baby tenderly in her arms. Your pain, your anxiety is your baby. You have to take care of it. You have to go back to yourself, to recognize the suffering in you, embrace the suffering, and you get a relief. Thich Nhat Hanh.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Jack Kornfield.

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Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. ~ Deborah Day

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. ~ Buddha.

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

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Self-acceptance begets acceptance from others, which begets even deeper, more genuine self-acceptance. It can be done. But no one is going to bestow it on you. It is a gift only you can give yourself. ~ Camryn Manheim.

Profound Self Compassion Quotes

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The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. ~ Steve Maraboli.

Chasing a person doesn’t give you value or build values in you. You earn your value by chasing morality and practicing dignity. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

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.

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A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. ~ Christopher K. Germer.

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives. ~ Louise Hay.

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. Now I see it as self-loving. ~ Kim McMille.

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You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~ Christopher Robin.

Acceptance is the key to everything. ~ Michael J Fox.

Deep Self Compassion Quotes

Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion. ~ Margo Anand.

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes.

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. ~ Mary Dunbar.

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.

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You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. ~ Amy Bloom.

Self-compassion is critical in accountability. We often overcorrect by shaming and blaming ourselves or under correct by avoiding ways to face accountability directly. Using self-compassion does not mean letting yourself off the hook for missteps but owning them and still holding space to love yourself. Adding compassion to accountability processes decreases shame and isolation and increases growth and connection. ~ Gina Senarighi.

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear. ~ Tracee Ellis Ross.

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If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do. ~ Vironika Tugaleva.

There’s no amount of self-improvement that can make up for a lack of self-acceptance. ~ Robert Holden.

Popular Self Compassion Quotes

Leaning on others is a beautiful act of self-compassion. ~ Sally Clarke.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Dalai Lama.

Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. ~ Louise L. Hay.

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

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Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. ~ Helen Keller.

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

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

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. ~ Carl Jung.

Best Self Compassion Quotes

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.

Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance. ~ Tara Brach.

Most unhappy people need to learn just one lesson: how to see themselves through the lens of genuine compassion and treat themselves accordingly. ~ Martha Beck.

Drop the people who do not value you, respect you. Life has infinite horizons. Accept yourself, love yourself, and move forward. ~ Amit Ray.

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Stop beating yourself up for beating yourself up. ~ Eleanor Brown.

Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at. ~ Pema Chodron.

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. ~ Steve Furtick.

Talk to yourself as you would someone you love. ~ Brene Brown.


So these were the 53 powerful quotes about Self-Compassion.

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