Despite all our efforts to show love, patience, understanding and compassion to ourselves, there are simply some days that it feels impossible to do. On those occasions, it can be encouraging to turn to the words of others for a dose of inspiration that will help you love yourself more, prioritize self-care, and enhance your self-compassion.

Here are just 10 of our favorite quotes that inspire self-love. Share your own favorite quotes in the comments section below!

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“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

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

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“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brownn

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

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

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“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me too.’” -L.R. Knost

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“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same, to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as your would sunshine.” -Melodie Beattie

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

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

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“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

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