261 Self-Worth Quotes To Empower Every Woman

It’s hard to be happy with low self-esteem. These motivational self-worth quotes for women will remind you of the strength and power you possess but may have forgotten.

Feel free to share them on social media or with anyone you know who struggles with a low confidence level or who doesn’t realize her value and worth.

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Motivational Quotes About Loving Yourself

Every woman I’ve known has been so concerned with others that they sometimes forget the essential first step. They forget to love themselves. I hope these self-love quotes remind you who you need to love first.

“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
– Diane Von Furstenberg

“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.”
– Diane Von Furstenberg

“Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.”
– Lilly Singh

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

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

“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.”
– Katrina Mayer

“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

“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself, ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.”
– Ashley Graham

“You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.”
– Jessica Ortner

“When you make a mistake, respond to yourself in a loving way rather than a self-shaming way.”
– Ellie Holcomb

“Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.”
– Corita Kent

“Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.” – Corita Kent

More Quotes About Self-Love

“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.”
– Lori Deschene

“Self-love is not selfish love. You can love yourself while also loving others. It’s not a zero-sum game.”
– Anon

“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self-love deficit.”
– Eartha Kitt

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
– Barbara De Angelis

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
– Brené Brown

“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”
– Louise Hay

“Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush.”
– Glennon Doyle

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
– Roy T. Bennett

“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”
– Malcolm X

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
– Oscar Wilde

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

“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

Inspirational Quotes To Boost Your Self Worth

If you suffer from low self-worth, you won’t expect good things for yourself. I often question my worth, and I identify as a dude, so I know it is that much more of a struggle for women.

Please head the advice of these powerful, wise women (and a few dudes) and remember that you are worthy of love, success, happiness, and any and everything else you want.

“One person can change the world.”
– Rosa Parks

“There is a potential heroine in every woman.”
– Jean Shinoda Bolen

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.”
– Richelle E. Goodrich

“I need to see my own beauty and to continue to be reminded that I am enough, that I am worthy of love without effort, that I am beautiful, that the texture of my hair and that the shape of my curves, the size of my lips, the color of my skin, and the feelings that I have are all worthy and okay.”
– Tracee Ellis Ross

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
– Michel de Montaigne

“Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself.”
– Iyanla Vanzant

“Nothing destroys self-worth, self-acceptance, and self-love faster than denying what you feel. Without feelings, you would not know where you are in life. Nor would you know what areas you need to work on. Honor your feelings. Allow yourself to feel them.”
– Iyanla Vanzant

“One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.”
– Marilyn Monroe

“One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” - Marilyn Monroe

More Quotes About Self-Worth

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie

“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. Be that lotus flower always. Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings to destroy your confidence, affect your growth, or make you question your self-worth.”
– Suzy Kassem

“We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
– Marie Curie

“Self–worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don’t feel good about you, it’s hard to feel good about anything else.”
– Sandy Hale

“They are called, “SELF-worth” and “SELF-esteem” for a reason… we can’t let others decide what we are worth, that is so dangerous! Empower yourself!”
– Jaeda DeWalt

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”
– Anne Frank

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

“The enemy uses those things you’re insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are – flaws and all.”
– Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir*

“The enemy uses those things your insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are – flaws and all.” – Yvonne Pierre

Foster Your Self-Worth

“Over the years, I’ve interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I’ve ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.”
– Maya Angelou

“Worthiness does not have prerequisites.”
– Brené Brown

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

“Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters — on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”
– Michelle Obama

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

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson

“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone to tell you who you are.”
– Beyoncé Knowles

“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone to tell you who you are.” - Beyoncé Knowles

Remember That You’re Worthy!

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”
– Venus Williams

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected for all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’”
– Gloria Steinem

“She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.”
– JmStorm

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
– William James

“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”
– Dr. Robert Anthony

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
– T. Harv Eker

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who realize the self are always satisfied. Having found the source of joy and fulfillment, they no longer seek happiness from the external world. Happiness can only be found within the self.”
– Bhagavad Gita

“The most valuable asset in your life is your self-worth, not your net worth.”
– Matshona Dhliwayo

Remember to Embrace Your Beauty

The media places too much attention on narrow-minded ideals of outward beauty.

First of all, as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, so many fall for the fake ideals promoted by the media. There’s nothing beautiful about conformity and sameness. Diversity and uniqueness are far more attractive.

Secondly, inner beauty is far more significant. There is so much more to life than visual aesthetics, especially when they’re a matter of personal opinion.

8 Quotes to Remind You of Your Beauty

“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

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”
– Sophia Loren

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful.”
– Sophia Loren

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world, and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself, is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”
– C. JoyBell C

“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
– Tina Fey

“Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like.”
– Emma Watson

“Outer beauty pleases the eye. Inner beauty captivates the heart.”
– Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
– 1 Peter 3:3-4

Quotes to Help Boost Your Self-Esteem

Suffering from low self-esteem makes happiness difficult, so it’s essential to maintain your confidence level. These powerful quotes will remind you how beautiful you are!

“When you have high self-esteem, you are not dependent on others to feel happy. You believe in yourself, and you believe in your values more than anything.”
– Angel Graff

“Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.”
– Louise Hart

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”
– Iyanla Vanzant

“We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem.”
– Iyanla Vanzant

“To establish true self-esteem, we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
– Denis Waitley

“Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.”
– Oprah Winfrey

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

“Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
– Lucille Ball

“There’s nothing more prized to a man than something he had to wait for, work for, or struggle a little bit to get.”
– Sherry Argov

The Greatness of Being Yourself

I mentioned above that uniqueness is better than sameness. Despite that, we often think we have to be like others to fit in.

If you want to be like someone who is like everyone else, then you’re trying like everyone else. We already have too many of them. We need more of you.

Some people feel uncomfortable being different. Because of their insecurity, they’ll belittle or make fun of you for being different. Don’t let anyone else’s insecurity discourage you from being anything other than your true self.

Quotes About Being Yourself

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
– Jodi Picoult

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
– Golda Meir

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Just be yourself, there is no one better.”
– Taylor Swift

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst. Be that fearless girl the one would dare to do anything. Be that independent girl who doesn’t need a man. Be that girl who never backed down.”
– Taylor Swift

“You define beauty yourself. Society doesn’t define your beauty.”
– Lady Gaga

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“There is nothing ordinary about being yourself!”
– Trishna Damodar

“There is nothing ordinary about being yourself!” - Trishna Damodar

Why It’s Better to Be Yourself

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

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go.”
– Sheila Murray Bethel

“The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.”
– Jamie Lee Curtis

“Free yourself from others’ versions of you.”
– Angela Jiang

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“Those who do not attempt to appear more than they are but are simply themselves, stand out as remarkable and are the only ones who truly make a difference in this world.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.”
– Frederick Douglass

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”
– Mark Twain

“Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
– W. C. Fields

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein

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

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
– Coco Chanel

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
– Coco Chanel

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Coco Chanel

Why We Need You to Be Yourself

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
– Coco Chanel

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
– Coco Chanel

“Relationship Principle 11: It is better to be disliked for being who you are than to be loved for who you are not.”
– Sherry Argov

“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.”
– Beyoncé Knowles

“This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.”
– Glennon Doyle

“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

“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
– Dan Coppersmith

Not Caring About What Others Think About You

No one insults you to lift you up. People will insult you because they feel low and want to drag you down to them. The only reason they think less of you is because they’re insecure with who they are.

Furthermore, most will be too worried about what you think about them to think about you.

“I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your own.”
– Jessie J

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”
– C. JoyBell C.

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.”
– Nic Sheff

“You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
– Bindi Irwin

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”
– Tina Fey

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”
– Coco Chanel

“You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.”
– Isadora Duncan

“You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.” - Isadora Duncan

You Are Worthy! What Others Think Doesn’t Matter

Remember, anyone who belittles or makes fun of you does so because they’re afraid of you, not because they’re better than you.

“Why should we worry about what others think of us? Do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
– Brigham Young

“Once you embrace your value, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
– Rob Liano

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”
– Michelle Obama

“Call me whatever you want. It’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing. Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too.”
– Emma Watson

“The best way to avoid falling prey to the opinions of others is to realize that other people’s opinions are just that – opinions. Regardless of how great or terrible they think you are, that’s only their opinion. Your true self-worth comes from within.”
– Travis Bradberry

“You are not responsible for other people’s opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.”
– Shane Parrish

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
– Francis Phillip Wernig

“Once you embrace your value, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
– Rob Liano

Quotes About Confidence

A great way to build confidence is to try new things. Start with a small, safe task. When you’re confident with that, they try a little more challenging task.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re afraid to talk to new people. To start small, just ask someone for the time. First, hide your phone in your pocket and ensure you don’t have a visible watch. Then walk up to someone and ask them what time it is.

When you’ve done that so many times that it becomes boring, then ask someone for directions. Another idea is to ask someone in line at the coffee shop which drinks they recommend.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“I taught myself confidence. When I’d walk into a room and feel scared to death, I’d tell myself, ‘I’m not afraid of anybody.’ And people believed me. You’ve got to teach yourself to take over the world.”
– Priyanka Chopra

“Don’t take anything for granted. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. Have a little more confidence.”
– Cathy Moriarty

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”
– Blake Lively

“Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”
– Michelle Obama

“Through my education, I didn’t just develop skills, I didn’t just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence.”
– Michelle Obama

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Confidence is the most beautiful thing you can possess.”
– Sabrina Carpenter

“Confidence is the most beautiful thing you can possess.” - Sabrina Carpenter

Quotes to Help You Feel Confident

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller

“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
– Emma Stone

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”
– Beyoncé Knowles

“To overcome fear is the quickest way to gain your self-confidence.”
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Just remember, there are no quick fixes. But, by taking action just a little bit every day, you will build up a powerful reservoir of confidence, self-esteem, and discipline.”
– Scott Allan

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
– Dalai Lama

“Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress; dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.”
– Coco Chanel

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
– Stacey Charter

Quotes Celebrating Strong Women

I think women are stronger than men overall. Any time I see a female, I automatically assume she’s strong, and I want to help make sure I’m right.

If you’ve forgotten how naturally strong you are being a woman, I hope these wise words will remind you.

“A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”
– Gina Carey

“Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, & don’t point fingers. They stand & they deal.”
– Mandy Hale

“The world needs strong women—women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.”
– Amy Tenney

“Strong women aren’t simply born. We are forged through the challenges of life. With each challenge, we grow mentally and emotionally. We move forward with our head held high and a strength that can not be denied. A woman who’s been through the storm and survived. We are warriors.”
– Alysia Helming, Protogenesis

“Strong women don’t have attitudes. They have standards.”
– Anonymous

“Strong women need not declare they can carry all the burdens in life. They just quietly do it and survive with a smile.”
– Princess Maleiha Bajunaid Candao

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
– G.D. Anderson

“Strong women wear their pain like they do stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.”
– Harriet Morgan

37 Quotes About Strong Women

“A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”
– Harriet Morgan

“I am a strong woman with or without this person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.”
– Queen Latifah

“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.”
– Ellen Barrier

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”
– Nancy Rathburn

“I am a strong woman. I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor let people mistreat me. I don’t respond to people who dictate to me or try to bring me down. If I fall, I will rise up even stronger because I am a survivor and not a victim. I am in control of my life, and there is nothing I can’t achieve.”
– Anonymous

“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”
– Ritu Ghatourey

“I am not a difficult woman at all. I am simply a strong woman and know my worth.”
– Angelina Jolie

“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.”
– Carly Simon

“A strong man can handle a strong woman. A weak man will say she has an attitude.”
– Sonya Parker

Quotes to Remind You of Your Strength

“Be a strong woman. So your daughter will have a role model, and your son will know what to look for in a woman when he’s a man.”
– Anonymous

“When you are a strong woman, you will attract trouble. When a man feels threatened, there is always trouble.”
– Barbara Taylor Bradford

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”
– Kavita Ramdas

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”
– Maya Angelou

“Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.”
– Michelle Obama

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story—I will.”
– Amy Schumer

“Truly powerful people don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage someone who doesn’t give it to them.”
– Sherry Argov, Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship

“He must feel that you choose to be with him, not that you need to be with him.”
– Sherry Argov, Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship

“Standing up for yourself doesn’t always involve verbal confrontation. Sometimes it’s about not wasting energy on people who are negative.”
– Sherry Argov

We Need You to Realize The Strength You Already Have

“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine, and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.”
– Beyoncé Knowles

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”
– Katherine Henson

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not to do.”
– Marge Piercy

“Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.”
– Roy T. Bennett

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
–  Proverbs 31:25

“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”
– Psalm 46:5

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
– Lady Gaga

“The most dangerous woman of all is the one who refuses to rely on your sword to save her because she carries her own.”
– R.H. Sin

“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
– Ziad K. Abdelnour

Quotes Stressing the Importance of Self Care

I often tell my wife that I need her to take care of herself because I need her to care for our kids and me. Remember that your spouse, kids, parents, friends, and co-workers are not only counting on you to take care of yourself, we want that for you because we love you.

“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

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
– Maya Angelou

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
– Charlotte Brontë

“Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”
– Warsan Shire

 Why You Should Remember Self-Care

“Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know-how. Drink water, sleep eight hours, and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth, or I’ll slap you. Hard.”
– Olivia Wilde

“Once you start laughing, you start healing.”
– Sherry Argov

“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

“I think people don’t place a high enough value on how much they are nurtured by doing whatever it is that totally absorbs them.”
– Jean Shinoda Bolen

“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

“Understand that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.”
– Michelle Obama

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”
– Princess Diana

Quotes About Courage and Fear for Women

Courage isn’t the absence of fear but acting despite feeling afraid. At some point, the action becomes less scary. It takes more courage to start something than to keep it up. As with building confidence, start small and safe. Additionally, heed these wise and powerful words.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”
– Maya Angelou

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
– Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
-Rosa Parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
– Rosa Parks

“Stand for something, or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”
– Rosa Parks

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No one can believe in you until you believe in yourself.”
– Matshona Dhliwayo

You Have More Courage Than You Think

“Women must not depend upon the protection of man but must be taught to protect herself.”
– Susan B. Anthony

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.”
– Maya Angelou

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
– Helen Keller

“Before you can do something that you’ve never done, you have to be able to imagine it is possible.”
– Jean Shinoda Bolen

“Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always.”
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”
– T. Harv Eker

10 Zora Neale Hurston Quotes That Will Inspire Strength

My kid introduced me to Zora Neale Hurston a few weeks ago when she read Their Eyes Were Watching God for school. Hurston’s writing is astoundingly poetic and beautiful, so I had to include a few of her quotes.

“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” - Zora Neale Hurston

Beautiful Zora Neale Hurston Quotes About Strength

“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“At certain times, I have no race. I am me. I belong to no race or time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads.”
– Zora Neale Hurston

“But as de old folks always say, Ah’m born but Ah ain’t dead. No tellin’ whut Ah’m liable tuh do yet.”
– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“That though the heart is breaking, happiness can exist in a moment, also. And because the moment in which we live is all the time there really is, we can keep going.”
– Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

“Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever-changing, ever-moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men? The wide belt of the universe has no need for finger-rings. I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance.”
– Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road

“You can’t beat me and my prayers!”
– Zora Neale Hurston, Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings

11 Sharon Salzberg Quotes To Remind You of Your Worth

If anyone can teach someone how to love themselves and others, it’s Sharon Salzberg. These quotes will help remind you that you’re worthy.

“You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to prove that.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Sharon Salzberg (not Budha)

“Self-compassion is like a muscle. The more we practice flexing it, especially when life doesn’t go exactly according to plan (a frequent scenario for most of us), the stronger and more resilient our compassion muscle becomes.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

“You are capable of so much more than we usually dare to imagine.”
– Sharon Salzberg

“When you recognize and reflect on even one good thing about yourself, you are building a bridge to a place of kindness and caring.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

“If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger – we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.”
– Sharon Salzberg

“If we have nothing material to give, we can offer our attention, our energy, our appreciation. The world needs us. It doesn’t deplete us to give.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

To offer our hearts in faith means recognizing that our hearts are worth something, that we ourselves, in our deepest and truest nature, are of value.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

“We’re capable of much more than mediocrity, much more than merely getting by in this world.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

“If we truly loved ourselves, we’d never harm another. That is a truly revolutionary, celebratory mode of self-care.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

“When we learn to respond to disappointments with acceptance, we give ourselves the space to realize that all our experiences—good and bad alike—are opportunities to learn and grow.”
– Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

10 Dolly Parton Quotes to Remind You of Your Worth

There is no better inspiration than singer/songwriter/actor/entrepreneur Dolly Parton when it comes to courage, strength, hard work, and success.

“If I can hold God’s attention, I can hold the world’s.”
– Dolly Parton, “Coat of Many Colors”

“I’ve had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I’ve had a few pains in the ass, but I’ve survived to tell about it.”
– Dolly Parton

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
– Dolly Parton

“I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me.”
– Dolly Parton

“Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.”
– Dolly Parton

“I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are and to love who they love.”
– Dolly Parton

“The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.”
– Dolly Parton

“If you try to follow everyone else and be like everyone else, before you know it, you’re gone. You’re not going to find yourself again; you’ll just be a version of what you might have hoped to have been.”
– Dolly Parton

“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.”
– Dolly Parton

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb – and I’m not blonde either.”
– Dolly Parton

11 Kris Carr Quotes to Remind You About Self-Care

Wellness activist and author Kris Carr has given us so much information and encouragement for taking care of ourselves. Here are a few quotes to remind you that you deserve good self-care.

“Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling and everything to do with how you treat yourself.”
– Kris Carr

“The Universe Always Has Your Back.”
– Kris Carr

“Life is just too sweet to be bitter.”
– Kris Carr

“Make space in your life, space for health and happiness.”
– Kris Carr

“Honestly, self-care is not fluffy. It’s something we should take seriously.”
– Kris Carr

“Don’t shrink to meet the expectations of others, grow to become the person you want to be.”
– Kris Carr

“It’s not about finding your voice. It’s about giving yourself permission to use your voice.”
– Kris Carr

“We always have the potential to rise. Rise out of our slump. Rise out of our negative thoughts. Rise out of our comfort zone. Rise out of our complaints. Get up and rise. Rising is a choice that’s one powerful thought away.”
– Kris Carr

“When we accept ourselves exactly as we are, in exactly this moment, we shift from living for tomorrow to appreciating today.”
– Kris Carr

“There’s no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live because they won’t.”
– Kris Carr

“Direct your mind where you want it to travel instead of always going for the ride.”
– Kris Carr

9 Shannon L. Alder Quotes to About the Best Person to Be: Yourself

Therapist and author Shannon L. Alder’s wisdom has appeared in over 500 books. Here are a few of her reasons to be yourself.

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you, real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“A competitive and insecure woman will tell you that ‘true love’ is never giving up on someone you’re in love with. A confident and spiritual woman knows that ‘moving on’ doesn’t mean you never loved someone. She realizes that letting go is what God needs her to do because both your happiness and hers require taking different journeys for spiritual growth. Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing, but it is the most’ real love’ you will ever experience.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“Staying silent is like a slow-growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for—you.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“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

“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”
– Shannon L. Alder

More Self-Worth Quotes to Come

I listened to Kelly Clarkson and Evanescence while formatting the final draft of this post and heard several great lyrics that might find their way to this post soon.

I hope these quotes reminded you that you are precious and worthy of love and all the success and happiness you can earn.

Question: Which are your favorite self-worth quotes?

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