19 Self-Acceptance Quotes For Relating To Yourself In A Healthier Way


“There is no greater suffering than constantly measuring yourself and coming up short, except perhaps the realization that your suffering is hurting others. But where do we learn these things? Because, really, they are learned. We don’t come crying out of the womb because of our birth weight or because we have no money in this brand new world. We learn to measure and we learn to attach our self-worth to those measurements.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

Vironika Tugaleva self-acceptance quote


“No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance.”

― Robert Holden

Robert Holden self-improvement quote


“I have always been better at caring for and looking after others than I have been at caring for myself. But in these later years, I have made progress.

– Carl Rogers at age 75 (Rogers, 1995, p. 80)

Carl Rogers Quote


“When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of our human limitations. Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves.”

– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Brennan Manning


“When you create yourself to make it you’re going to have to either let that creation go and take a chance on being loved or hated for who you really are…or you’re gonna have to kill who you really are and fall into your grave grasping onto a character that you never were.”

– Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey Quote


“What self-acceptance does is open up more possibilities of succeeding because you aren’t fighting yourself along the way.”

― Shannon Ables

Shannon Ables


“So we scramble to fill ourselves—our time, our body, our mind. We might buy something new or lose ourselves in mindless small talk. As soon as we have a gap, we go on-line to check our e-mail, we turn on music, we get a snack, watch television—anything to help us bury the feelings of vulnerability and deficiency lurking in our psyche.”

Radical Acceptance Quote


“Every day I wake up and ask myself, ‘How can I accept myself and others more fully?”

― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life

Alaric Hutchinson


“Your mind can never allow self-acceptance, since it is by nature self-contradictory and divisive. In fact, thinking is wholly based on a duality that
prevents you from ever relaxing into yourself.”

― Shai Tubali, Unlocking the 7 Secret Powers of the Heart

Shai Tubali


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because once one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

― Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu Quote on self-acceptance


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

― Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg


“You’re already stuck with yourself for a lifetime. Why not improve this relationship?”

― Vironika Tugaleva, The Art of Talking to Yourself

Vironika Tugaleva


“Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself.”

― Nathaniel Branden

Nataniel Branden self-compassion quote


“What if each time you experienced an emotion, you acknowledged it, accepted it, and became curious about its message for you (instead of trying to make it go away or make it last longer)? Imagine how this could change your life. Imagine how heard, loved, and honoured you would feel if you really listened to yourself.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

Vironika Tugaleva Quotes


“Option A:
Spend your life trying to get others to accept you.
Option B:
Accept yourself, and spend your life with others who recognize what a beauty you are.”

― Scott Stabile

Skott Stabile


“You work so hard to fix yourself, but maybe what you need isn’t another tactic, another book, another expert, another five-step plan. Maybe, you don’t need to be fixed. Maybe, what’s really holding you back is the idea that you need to be fixed. Maybe you just need to let yourself play instead of always making yourself do homework.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

Vironika Tugaleva quote on self acceptance


“Being authentic begins with unconditional self acceptance – imperfections and all.”

― Azim Jamal & Brian Tracy

Azim Jamal Brian Tracy


“I’m not perfect, but I’m pretty good.”

― Anonymous

Self-acceptance quote


“We don’t have to wait until we are on our deathbed to realize what a waste of our precious lives it is to carry the belief that something is wrong with us.”

― Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach Radical Self-Acceptance


What is your experience with self-acceptance? Please leave a comment below 🙂

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About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock, BBA, is the co-founder of PositivePsychology.com. Seph strongly believes that we can deal with most of life’s absurdities by leveraging human connection and challenging ourselves, instead of using dogma or pharmaceutical drugs.


  1. Rajendra Shrivastava

    All quotes are excellent.Wonderfully expressed.

  2. Fortunebliz

    This is great!
    Self acceptance is important.
    Thanks for sharing…

  3. shivangi sharma

    This is amazing and very enlightening. this world needs to realize their worth in order to grow.

  4. shivangi sharma

    so powerful words
    useful information
    keep up the good work

  5. shivangi sharma

    self love is the best form of love.
    no one can beat it

  6. Lauren foreman

    Be you otherwise the sum of your parts will not ever fit

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