Words of Wisdom: The Work of Loving Yourself

“Love yourself” is simple to say and sometimes the most difficult thing to do.
It means asking ourselves what love is.
It means asking ourselves what we believe our value to be.
It can mean dismantling a lifetime of false or negative beliefs.

Scientists have taught us for hundreds of years about inertia and a physical object’s “resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion”. People are not always unlike that in an emotional or mental sense. Changing direction can be a struggle even when we detect that we’re headed down a road we’ve stopped wanting. It will take force. It will take focus. It will take intent to change, to push yourself to be the best you, to keep pushing when you get tired.

Today we are happy to help with the pushing. We are sharing words of wisdom from brilliant minds who believe that loving yourself is worth the work:

Don’t forget to love yourself.
-Soren Kierkegaard

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


Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the ‘other self” is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror.
-Napoleon Hill

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
-Ernest Hemingway

Freeing yourself was one thing,
claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
-Toni Morrison


We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers –
but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault.
But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
-Katharine Hepburn

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all,
there does exist a supreme self who is
eternally at peace.
-Elizabeth Gilbert


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

You are your own judge. The verdict is up to you.
-Astrid Alauda

Just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are.