149 Self Affirmation Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of self affirmation quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about affirmation.

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The Most Famous Self Affirmation Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily. — Tia Walker

Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it's like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities. — Gary Smalley

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. — Claude M. Bristol

To build your self image, you need to join the smile, firm handshake and compliment club. — Zig Ziglar

The affirmation of one's own life, happiness, growth and freedom, is rooted in one's capacity to love. — Erich Fromm

Everyone needs a strong sense of self. It is our base of operations for everything that we do in life. — Julia Alvarez

When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged, it’s up to you. — Jay Shetty

Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential. — Sheryl Sandberg

Self-compassion - being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure - is associated with more motivation and better self-control. — Kelly McGonigal

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy. — Brian Tracy

Short Self Affirmation Quotes

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  • Be very careful what you say to yourself because someone very important is listening . . . YOU! — John Assaraf
  • I give myself permission to be all that I can be, and I deserve the very best in life. — Louise Hay
  • Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image. — Denis Waitley
  • There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Goddess is the deep Source of creating integrity and the Self-affirming be-ing of women. — Mary Daly
  • The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. — Alan Cohen
  • If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works. — Louise Hay
  • Coming out to gays is a way of affirming sanity and self-worth. — George Weinberg
  • Self-affirmation cannot be found in love; it is a prior condition of genuine love. — Jo Coudert
  • Self-programming, what you believe and affirm about yourself, is the basis of who you are. — Marshall Sylver
Self affirmation quote Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your p
Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.

Positive Self Affirmation Quotes

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I rejoice in what I have and I know that fresh new experiences are always ahead. I greet the new with open arms. I trust life to be wonderful. — Louise Hay

Here is an affirmation for today: I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy! — Wayne Dyer

Brain wave tests prove that when we use positive words, our "feel good" hormones flow. Positive self-talk releases endorphins and serotonin in our brain, which then flow throughout our body, making us feel good. These neurotransmitters stop flowing when we use negative words. — Ruth Fishel

Self affirmation quote We are what we believe we are.
We are what we believe we are.

Action eradicates fear. No matter what you fear,--- positive, self-affirming action can diminish or completely cancel that which you are fearful of. — Mark Victor Hansen

Affirmation Quotes

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When I ran I was a first candidate to talk about how immigration was going be so damaging to the American people. When I first ran I talked about affirmative-action. — David Duke

Everything you do and every word you say can become a ministering seed. You can be a blessing to everyone with whom you come in contact. — Kenneth Copeland

I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm. — Septima Poinsette Clark

True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together. — Pauli Murray

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. — Norman Vincent Peale

The point of my work is to show that culture and education arent simply hobbies or minor influences. They are hugely important in the affirmation of differences between groups and social classes and in the reproduction of those differences. — Pierre Bourdieu

Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, and death to communion with his Father. He affirmed life; and hatred was the great denial. — Howard Thurman

To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both. — St. Catherine of Siena

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Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. — Jim Rohn

Words and thoughts are a tremendous vibratory force, ever moulding man's body and affairs. — Florence Scovel Shinn

Self Appreciation Quotes

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. — Carl Rogers

Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment... the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency. — Abraham Maslow

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 human emotions largely result from thinking, then one may appreciably control one's feelings by controlling one's thoughts - or by changing the internalized sentences, or self-talk, with which one largely created the feeling in the first place. — Albert Ellis

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another. — Thomas Hughes

Taking value from your vanity as you age is a losing battle. Your looks are a depreciating asset. Your mind is an appreciating asset. Invest your self-worth wisely. — Chris Williamson

Once you carry your own water, you’ll remember every drop. — African Proverbs

Find new treasures in yourself. Love doesn't die. Love is unyielding. It's going to come back. The more you love and appreciate yourself, the more prepared you are when the real thing shows up. — Jill Scott

Yes, I would like you to love yourself, because unless you love yourself you cannot love anybody else. You don’t know what love is if you have not loved yourself. — Osho [Chandra Mohan Jain]

Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. — Confucius

Life Affirming Quotes

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Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. — B. R. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives. — Robert Collier

There comes a moment when you must quit talking to God about the mountain in your life and start talking to the mountain about your God. You proclaim His power. You declare His sovereignty. You affirm His faithfulness. You stand on His Word. You cling to His promises. — Mark Batterson

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation. — Hermann Hesse

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. — Josh Billings

You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood. However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it. — Ken Keyes Jr.

With a positive attitude, you can be anything you want to be. — Selena

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. — Alexander Haig

Humanism involves far more than the negation of supernaturalism. It requires an affirmative philosophy . . . translated into a life devoted to one's own improvement and the service of all mankind. — Corliss Lamont

It's not what happens to you, It's what you do about it. — W Mitchell

Inspiring Self Esteem Quotes

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You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. — Deepak Chopra

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Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. — Kahlil Gibran

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We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. — Marie Curie

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be. — Fanny Brice

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. — William Gibson

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. — Marie Curie

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. — Maya Angelou

You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. — Abraham Lincoln

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. — Tony Robbins

Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions... Do your thing and don't care if they like it. — Tina Fey

Self Esteem Quotes

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Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. — Sigmund Freud

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. — Mother Teresa

A positive self image and healthy self esteem is based on approval, acceptance and recognition from others; but also upon actual accomplishments, achievements and success upon the realistic self confidence which ensues. — Abraham Maslow

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I wish I could show you...the astonishing light of your own being. — Hafez

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. — Marva Collins

When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem. — Abraham Maslow

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. — Sam Walton

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. — Marcus Aurelius

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Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth. — Oprah Winfrey

I consider myself a crayon... I may not be your favorite color but one day you'll need me to complete your picture. — Lauryn Hill

Self Esteem Building Quotes

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Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. — Marianne Williamson

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I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles. — Laurie Halse Anderson

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. — Dale Carnegie

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. — Peter McIntyre

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

It's all about self-esteem now. Build the kids' self-esteem, make them feel good about themselves. If everybody grows up with high self-esteem, who's gonna dance in our strip-clubs? — Greg Giraldo

I really don't know how to be anyone else, and whenever I try to be anyone else, I fail miserably. Or I disappoint myself. It doesn't build my self-esteem, and it doesn't help me grow me at all. — Queen Latifah

When you trust and act on your intuition, you increase your self-esteem, build trust in yourself and experience a profound sense of security that no relationship or amount of money will ever give you. — Cheryl Richardson

The Games are just a nice, positive way to build friendships, camaraderie and, of course, self-esteem. Plus, the Games are a great opportunity for people to participate in sports who normally wouldn't. — Greg Louganis

Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it's these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem. — Jillian Michaels

Raise Self Esteem Quotes

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If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic. — Jean Sibelius

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. — Tim Ferriss

My mom raise me so wonderfully. She gave me self esteem and made me appreciate my flaws, as well as my strengths. — Kirsten Dunst

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. — Eric Thomas

Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it. — Bryce Courtenay

Healthy parenting is nothing if not a process of empowerment. As we help to raise our children's self-esteem, we also increase their personal power. When we encourage them to be confident, self-reliant, self-directed, and responsible individuals, we are giving them power. — Louise Hart

Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably. — Susan Jeffers

In putting everyone else down, I am raising myself up... and this will continue until my self-esteem rises. I have just sorted out the mystery of why I am always putting down everybody else's artwork. — Jim Rowe

There is nothing that so raises a young man's self-esteem, that so contributes to the formation of his character as for him to find himself unexpectedly confronted with a task which he has to accomplish entirely on his own initiative and by his own efforts. — Stefan Zweig

Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Gluttony, or, as we call them these days, "getting in touch with your sexuality," "raising your self-esteem," "relaxation therapy," and "being a recovered bulimic." — P. J. O'Rourke

Healthy Self Esteem Quotes

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

The most stable, and therefore, the most healthy self-esteem is based on deserved respect from others rather than on external fame or celebrity and unwarranted adulation. — Abraham Maslow

The most basic activism we can have in our lives is to live consciously in a nation living in fantasies. Living consciously is living with a core of healthy self-esteem. You will face reality, you will not delude yourself. — Bell Hooks

Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up, I have to cut others down.' Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy. — Pope Francis

“Healthy" and “diseased," as Susan Sontag points out...are often subjective judgments that society makes for its own purposes. Women have long been defined as sick as a means of subjecting them to social control. — Naomi Wolf

To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself. — Simone de Beauvoir

The most important key to the permanent enhancement of self esteem is the practice of positive inner-talk. — Denis Waitley

One of the most significant characteristics of healthy self esteem is that it is the state of one who is not at war either with himself or with others. — Nathaniel Branden

Don't workout because you think you 'need' to, do it because your body deserves love, respect and healthy attention. — Demi Lovato

Cherish believes that God made her with a special purpose. Like any teenage girl, she has her insecurities, but for the most part she has a real healthy self-esteem. — Charlene Tilton

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More Self Affirmation Quotes

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A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. — Desmond Tutu

It is essential that our love be liberating, not possessive. We must at all times give those we love the freedom to be themselves. Love affirms the other as other. It does not possess and manipulate another as mine. — John Powell

Communism... is the genuine resolution of the antagonism between man and nature and between man and man; it is the true resolution of the conflict between existence and essence, objectification and self-affirmation, freedom and necessity, individual and species. It is the riddle of history solved and knows itself as the solution. — Karl Marx


What has to be given up is not the I, but that drive for self-affirmation which impels man to flee from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting, unpredictable, dangerous world of relation into the having of things. — Martin Buber

I am willing to release the need to be unworthy. I am worthy of the very best in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it — Louise Hay

In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write? — Gao Xingjian

I have to do the work of self-love and affirmation, and say, "I am a woman, I am a person of color, I am the granddaughter of immigrants, I am also the descendant of slaves, I am a mother, I am an entrepreneur, I am an artist, and I'm joyful." And maybe in seeing my joy, you can finish your sentence with, "And I am joyful too." — Kerry Washington

The anxiety of fate is conquered by the self-affirmation of the individual as an infinitely significant microcosmic representation of the universe . — Paul Tillich

Individualism is the self-affirmation of the individual self as individual self without regard to its participation in its world. As such it is the opposite of collectivism, the self affirmation of the self as part of a larger whole without regard to its character as an individual self. — Paul Tillich

A glad welcome to this affirmation by a group of psychologists that the self does not stop at the skin nor even with the circle of human relationships but is interwoven with the lives of trees and animals and soil; that caring for the deepest needs of persons and caring for our threatened planet are not in conflict. — Mary Catherine Bateson

The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen. — Ellen Key

A Course In Miracles is a constant affirmation that you are created by an unconditional thought of love that appears to have lost itself in a world of fear. Freedom, joy and peace of mind are yours again, when you remember and re-connect to your unconditional self. — Robert Holden

Real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility. — Henri Nouwen

Islam united all heresies persecuted in Byzantine Empire and synthesised them well into a conseffion that later became a symbol of Arab self-affirmation. — Lev Gumilev

The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out. — Alan Cohen

The system knows how to cherry pick black people. It's like affirmative action - once a year, one is recognized. But what has to occur is self-emergence so if they ignore you, you don't have to disappear. — Haile Gerima

What we need are poems that interrogate the world of pronouns, open up possibilities of language and life; forms of politics that support and encourage self-affirmation. — Judith Butler

It's no accident that most of the great black spokespersons and leaders understood the centrality of self-affirmation, self-respect and self-love. — Cornel West

The atheist view is correspondingly life-affirming and life-enhancing, while at the same time never being tainted with self-delusion, wishful thinking, or the whingeing self-pity of those who feel that life owes them something. — Richard Dawkins

Mystical identification transcends the aristocratic virtue of courageous self-sacrifice. It is self- surrender in a higher, more complete, and more complete and more radical form. It is the perfect form of self-affirmation. — Paul Tillich

By his willingly renouncing self-defence, the Christian affirms his absolute adherence to Jesus, and his freedom from the tyranny of his own ego. The exclusiveness of this adherence is the only power which can overcome evil. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The essence of sin is a shift from God centeredness to a self-centeredness. The essence of salvation is a denial of self, not an affirming of self. — Henry Blackaby

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation. — Bernhard Haring

Americans are a lot more open, of course. There's something more declamatory in the way you express emotions. It's a stereotype but it's true. British people can appear repressed in expressing emotions. Not very good at self-evaluating, or affirming situations, touching, anything like that. — Emily Blunt

Art is an affirmation of life, a rebuttal of death. And here we blunder into paradox again, for during the creation of any form of art, art which affirms the value and the holiness of life, the artist must die. To serve a work of art, great or small, is to die, to die to self. — Madeleine L'Engle

Absolute faith is not the place of self-affirmation, but the place of self-negation. Life of faith is not limited to our spiritual life. What is important is how our spiritual sensitivity is applied to our relative environment. — Sun Myung Moon

The emerging church, reformed according to the needs of self-esteem-starved-souls under the Lordship of Christ.... will help us to affirm the concept that 'While god's ideas may seem humanly impossible, he will give us these ideas which will lead to glorious, self-esteem-generating success. — Robert H. Schuller

We should be telling girls what they already know but rarely see affirmed: that the lives they lead inside their own self-contained bodies; the skills they attain through their own concentration and rigor, and the unique phase in their lives during which they may explore boys and eroticism at their own pace - these are magical. And they constitute the entrance point to a life cycle of a sexuality that should be held sacred. — Naomi Wolf

Negative self-talk and negative affirmation can keep you anchored in old thought patterns and identities. — Bryant H. McGill

We must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

And, even if Affirmative Action survives, it is also clear that these policies are not themselves sufficient to close the educational and employment gaps that plague U.S. minorities. — Harry J. Holzer

Casting a spell, in self-defense or in self-interest is not selfish, but positive, life-affirming. You have been given powers, the very same powers that society devalues... What if it comes back tenfold? Well, don't be a fool. Never use your magick to attack the innocent. Then you have nothing to fear... Don't be frivolous or cowardly. If your course is righteous, and your tools ready, go to it. — Zsuzsanna Budapest

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