Self-acceptance (quotes)

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Accept yourself as you are, flaws and all

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Accept yourself for who and what you are

  • Acceptance in its purest sense means accepting yourself for what and who you are. Clare Wilde
  • Accept yourself as you are right now. I may not be perfect, but I am okay just the way I am. Richard Carlson
  • Accept who you are… and revel in it. Mitch Albom
  • Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are. Jean Anouih
  • The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet. Shunryu Suzuki
  • Let us learn to accept ourselves–accept the truth that we are capable in some directions and limited in others, that genius is rare, that mediocrity is a portion of almost all of us, but that we can contribute from the storehouse of our skills to the enrichment of our common life. Joshua Liebman
  • Stop hating yourself for what you aren’t and start loving yourself for what you are.
  • AcceptanceSelf-loveSelf-forgivenessSelf-forgivenessSelf-esteemSelf-compassionThe gift of being imperfect
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Accept every part of you …

  • Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. Henry A. Kissinger
  • The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. C.Carl Jung
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… including what’s great about you …

  • I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don’t want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It’s high time that I accept all the great things about me.   JoyBell C.
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… including your imperfections and weaknesses …

  • Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. Henry A. Kissinger
  • To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. Sandra Bierig
  • Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness. Jean Vanier
  • Warriors of the light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn. Paulo Coelho
  • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Brendan Francis
  • Accept yourself as you are right now. I may not be perfect, but I am okay just the way I am. Richard Carlson
  • All you have to do is revise your point of view. Instead of trying to achieve perfection, simply relax and enjoy human imperfectability. With that perspective you achieve the ultimate godhead. You see man as infinite possibility always in the process of becoming. You see finally that man, in emulating the creative process, is nothing less than God. Robert H. Rimmer
  • I like flaws. I think they make things interesting. Sarah Dessen
  • Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Brené Brown
  • It’s not worth our while to let our imperfections disturb us always. Henry David Thoreau
  • At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. Albert Camus
  • WeaknessUniqueness
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… and especially your weirdness and quirks…

  • Embrace your innate weirdness. No one is normal. Everyone has quirks and insights unique to themselves. Don’t hide these things—they are what make you interesting.  Jessica Hagy
  • Everything starts to be seen as a manifestation of spirit, including your humanness, with all of its strengths and weaknesses and all of its funny little quirks. You discover that your humanness is in no way separate from the divinity within you, which is what you actually are. Adyashanti
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… for that’s all part of being human

  • We’re not here to get over our humanness, but rather to accept and make peace with it… and to remember our Divine nature. Sonia Choquette
  • Accept your humanness as well as your divinity, totally and without reserve. Emmanuel
  • Allow yourself and others to make mistakes, miss opportunities, and make foolish decisions. Recognise and accept your vulnerability and fragility. Your quirks and idiosyncrasies – all part of who you are. You are beautiful and special because of your humanness – in fact, this is where your true beauty lies. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so you accept yourself. And so you become complete and whole. John Kehoe
  • Everything starts to be seen as a manifestation of spirit, including your humanness, with all of its strengths and weaknesses and all of its funny little quirks. You discover that your humanness is in no way separate from the divinity within you, which is what you actually are. Adyashanti
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Accept your body as it is

  • You’ve got your body for life, you might as well learn to get along with it. Sandy Kumskov
  • Start living life fully now, in your present body, because waiting until you lose weight is a big old waste of time. Linda Bacon
  • So long as we are in conflict with our body, we cannot find peace of mind. Georg Feuerstein
  • Self-body hate, like any hate or other strong negative emotion, contributes to unneeded weight gain by triggering junk- food cravings. Julia Ross
  • It’s such a profound alienation for a person not to be at home in their own body. Marilyn Wann
  • Body image
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Have the courage to accept the parts of yourself that you believe to be unacceptable …

  • What the psychologist Carl Jung called the shadow, contains all the parts of ourselves that we have tried to hide or deny. It contains those dark aspects that we believe are not acceptable to our family, friends, and most importantly, ourselves. The dark side is stuffed deeply within our consciousness, hidden from ourselves and others. The message we get from this hidden place is simple: there is something wrong with me. I’m not okay. I’m not lovable. I’m not deserving. I’m not worthy. Debbie Ford
  • The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. Paul Tillich
  • Loving everything about yourself-even the parts you consider unacceptable-is an act of personal power. It is the beginning of healing.   Christiane Northrup
  • We need to revisit the experience of our innocence that allows us to accept all of who we are at every moment. This is where we need to be in order to have a healthy, happy, complete human existence. This is the path. Love is inclusive: it accepts the full range of human emotion—the emotions we hide, the emotions we fear. Jung once said, ‘I’d rather be whole than good.’ How many of us have sold ourselves out in order to be good, to be liked, to be accepted. Debbie Ford
  • Courage
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… for you need to accept and integrate your shadow to be whole

  • Only in the recognition and acceptance of our shadow side can we become whole, integrated, reconciled, and therefore truly and fully ourselves. Ruben Habito
  • As a psychotherapist I see nothing does as much for an individual’s self-esteem as becoming aware of and accepting disowned parts of the self. The first steps of healing and growth are awareness and acceptance—consciousness and integration. Nathaniel Branden
  • Embrace your shadow
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The rewards of accepting yourself

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Accepting your faults makes you more likely to appreciate your strengths

  • Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. Hugh Prather
  • When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you’ll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. Richard Carlson
  • When I allow myself to be human and let go of my harsh judgements, I flower and bloom. My eyes are opened to my worth. Talents and gifts I never knew I had, begin to reveal themselves. Every part of me bathes in the warm glow of love and acceptance. Strengths, abilities, weaknesses and inadequacies. All things become new. No regret or shame. A life nourished from within. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so I accept myself. And so I become complete and whole. John Kehoe
  • Strength
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Paradoxically, accepting yourself as you are brings transformation and growth

  • The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers
  • We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.  Carl Jung
  • The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow. Will Garcia
  • Eventually you realize that you can become the person you want to be by accepting who you are. Robert Brault
  • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein
  • Growth begins when we begin to accept our weaknesses. Jean Vanier
  • Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives. Louise L. Hay
  • A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself. Adyashanti
  • Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it “the first law of personal growth”. Peter McWilliams
  • A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself. Adyashanti
  • Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives. Louise L. Hay
  • No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance. Robert Holden
  • TransformationGrowth
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Accepting yourself allows you to more readily accept and love others

  • You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. Jane Roberts
  • Those who love others grandly are those who love themselves grandly. Those who have a high toleration and acceptance of others are those who have a high toleration and acceptance of themselves. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Love is forgiving, accepting, moving on, embracing, and all encompassing. And if you’re not doing that for yourself, you cannot do that with anyone else. Steve Maraboli
  • I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others? Dan Millman
  • I realized that I only judged people when they displayed a quality I could not accept in myself. If someone was a show-   off, I no longer judged them because I knew that I, too, was a show- off. Only when I had completely convinced myself that I was not capable of a certain behavior would I get upset and point my finger at the other person. When we are blaming others we are only denying an aspect of ourselves. Debbie Ford
  • LoveUnconditional love
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Accepting yourself makes you become more complete and fully alive

  • The essence of being alive is loving acceptance of yourself, for once we accept ourselves we unleash the beauty that lies within our soul. Micheal Teal
  • When we accept ourselves exactly as we are, in exactly this moment, we shift from living for tomorrow to appreciating today. Acceptance heals. Rejection harms. Nurture and nourish yourself.  Kris Carr
  • 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
  • When I allow myself to be human and let go of my harsh judgements, I flower and bloom. My eyes are opened to my worth. Talents and gifts I never knew I had, begin to reveal themselves. Every part of me bathes in the warm glow of love and acceptance. Strengths, abilities, weaknesses and inadequacies. All things become new. No regret or shame. A life nourished from within. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so I accept myself. And so I become complete and whole. John Kehoe
  • Being fully alive
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Accepting yourself increase your likelihood of being accepted by others

  • Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. Lao Tzu
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Accepting yourself frees you of the burden of needing acceptance from others

  • When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me. Dr Steve Maraboli
  • Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. Lao Tzu
  • 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. Stacey Charter
  • Approval seeking
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Accepting yourself makes everything in life click into place

  • I find that as we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works. It’s as if little miracles are everywhere. Our health improves, we attract more money, our relationships become much more fulfilling, and we begin to express ourselves in creatively fulfilling ways. All this seems to happen without even trying. Louise L. Hay
  • One has just to be oneself. That’s my basic message. The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens, simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights. Osho Rajneesh
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Accepting yourself brings self-esteem and self-worth

  • I cannot be truly myself, cannot build self-esteem, if I cannot accept myself. Nathaniel Branden
  • 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. Stacey Charter
  • Your problem is you’re … too busy holding onto your unworthiness. Ram Dass
  • Self-esteemSelf-worth
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Accepting yourself makes you comfortable and beautiful in your own skin

  • Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. Ellen DeGeneres
  • To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • For once, you believed in yourself, you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world. Sarah Dessen
  • The essence of being alive is loving acceptance of yourself, for once we accept ourselves we unleash the beauty that lies within our soul. Micheal Teal
  • Beauty
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Accepting yourself brings confidence and success

  • The greatest success is successful self-acceptance. Ben Sweet
  • Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything. Xuan-Thu Nguyen
  • You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you. Dr. Robert Anthony
  • It doesn’t matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn’t matter what we do. Charly Heavenrich
  • Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence.  Rosalynn Carter
  • Self-confidenceSuccess
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Accepting yourself brings happiness, peace and contentment

  • We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. The Dalai Lama
  • One has just to be oneself. That’s my basic message. The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens, simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights. Osho Rajneesh
  • Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.  Bonard W. Overstreet
  • Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman
  • HappinessContentmentInner peace
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Not to accept yourself brings self-rejection and pain

  • The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. Mark Twain
  • Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are. Miguel Ángel Ruiz
  • RejectionPain
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Refuse to be in an adversarial relationship with yourself

  • Practising self-acceptance is about refusing to be in an adversarial relationship with myself. Nathaniel Branden
  • Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents. Harley King
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Accept yourself by …

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Accept yourself by having a loving and open attitude to yourself

  • Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance. Tara Brach
  • Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. Leo F. Buscaglia
  • Love is forgiving, accepting, moving on, embracing, and all encompassing. And if you’re not doing that for yourself, you cannot do that with anyone else. Steve Maraboli
  • Loving everything about yourself-even the parts you consider unacceptable-is an act of personal power. It is the beginning of healing.   Christiane Northrup
  • Self-loveAttitude
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Accept yourself by ceasing to struggle against who you are

  • Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents. Harley King
  • Practising self-acceptance is about refusing to be in an adversarial relationship with myself. Nathaniel Branden
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Accept yourself by forgiving yourself for past hurts and mistakes

  • The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you have created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self- acceptance begins and self-love grows. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. Leo F. Buscaglia
  • Self-forgiveness
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Accept yourself by being more ready to accept others and letting go of the need to judge

  • Those who love others grandly are those who love themselves grandly. Those who have a high toleration and acceptance of others are those who have a high toleration and acceptance of themselves. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Let go of the need to judge
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Accept yourself by having the courage to see yourself as you really are …

  • Some people walk through a hallway with covered mirrors– the hallway is lined with mirrors but there are blankets covering each of them. They go through life believing in an image of themselves that isn’t real, and an image of themselves standing in the world and relative to the world, that isn’t real. If you happen to be in that hallway and pull the blankets off the mirrors, they’re going to think that you’re hurting them; but they’re actually just seeing their reflection for the first time. Sometimes the most horrendous thing a person can see, is all the hidden things inside them, the things they’ve covered, the things they choose not look at. And you’re not hurting them, you’re setting them free. C. JoyBell C.
  • Be who you are
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… and loving yourself enough to accept even painful truths about yourself

  • Self-acceptance is a way of viewing oneself compassionately, without condemnation or justification. It is a starting point in life which makes other things possible. It celebrates the fullness of joy of being alive and of being who we are: accepting ourselves, however, does not mean embracing our neuroses or bad habits and celebrating them as if they were virtues. On the contrary, self-acceptance involves loving ourselves enough to accept painful truths about ourselves. . . . Self-acceptance is, at its simplest, the experience of one’s self, here and now, as a complete human being, with all the glories and problems that condition entails. Don Richard Riso
  • Truth
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Accept yourself by using positive affirmations and a mirror

  • Reframe your mind with positive affirmations. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day. Evelyn Lim
  • I ask my clients to pick up a small mirror, look into their own eyes, and say their names and, ‘I love and accept you exactly as you are.’ Louise L. Hay
  • I lock eyes with my reflection and don’t look away. The day you look away you start to lose yourself. I’m never going to lose myself. You are what you are. Deal with it or change. Karen Marie Moning
  • Affirmations (self-talk)
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Final thoughts

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Try this exercise to develop self-acceptance

  • Divide a piece of paper into two columns. In one column, write down all the things you like about yourself; your personal strengths, difficult situations you have overcome, people whose lives you have touched, personal accomplishments, and values that increase your self- respect. On the other side, make a list of your personal weaknesses or issues that you still struggle with. Perhaps you are selfish, sometimes, or avoid taking responsibility. You may have treated other people in a careless way, or not followed through on your commitments. Disorganization and lack of self-control may have cost you opportunities – you may feel lonely, or heavier than you would like to be. Whatever these issues are, bring them out into the light of day to be examined, and they will automatically feel less shameful. At the end of the exercise, read both the strengths and the weaknesses column aloud. Next, put your hand on your heart and say “I am strong; I am weak. I am flawed; I am broken. I am vulnerable. I am human. And despite these flaws, I give myself permission to love myself unconditionally. I am a growing, evolving being, who uses past mistakes as a fuel for my journey of growth. I accept myself as I am, and I set an intention to become the person I want to be.”  Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.
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Give up on being perfect and begin the work of becoming yourself

  • Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. Heath L. Buckmaster
  • The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. Anna Quindlen
  • There are none so tense as those who try to be outwardly perfect. There is great release in acknowledging your foibles and laughing at your mistakes. Ervin Seale
  • Perfectionism
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