Focus On Yourself 33 Quotes To Remind You

Focusing on loving and caring for yourself may sometimes feel selfish, but it is the foundation for living a fulfilling life. When you prioritize self-care and understanding yourself, you give yourself the energy and clarity to show up for others fully.

As the quotes below illustrate, self-acceptance and self-love breed confidence, compassion, and the ability to pursue your dreams.

Focus On Yourself

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha.
This quote reminds us that we are worthy of self-love. Providing ourselves compassion is not vain but rather the groundwork for inner peace.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs.
Here, Steve inspires us to live authentically rather than conforming to others’ expectations. Following society’s norms without reflection leads to complacency and stagnation.

“If you depend too much on others in making your decisions, you will never realize your full potential.” – Edmond Mbiaka.
This encourages us to develop self-trust. Over-relying on others’ opinions prevents the honest self-examination necessary for personal growth.

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball.
Lucy speaks to the ripple effects of self-love. Appreciating ourselves motivates us to pursue goals and show compassion to others.

  1. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before. – Warsan Shire
  4. To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means, paint, and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
  6. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours. – Ayn Rand
  7. Your first and foremost job is to take care of yourself. Everything else is secondary. – Cheryl Richardson
  8. You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise Hay
  9. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama
  10. The hardest person to awaken is the one who is asleep in the conviction that he is already awake. – Idries Shah
  11. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown
    If you depend too much on others in making your decisions, you will never realize your full potential. – Edmond Mbiaka
  12. At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end. – Christine Mason Miller
  13. Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. – Golda Meir
  14. Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. – Henry David Thoreau
  15. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. – Kurt Cobain
  16. Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on. – Henry Rollins
  18. The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off. – Robert Hand
    The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
    Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. – Parker Palmer
  19. If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. – Charles Bukowski
  20. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. – Lao Tzu
  21. Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. – Rumi
  22. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde
  23. You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. – Diane Von Furstenberg
  24. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  25. The most important relationship you’ll ever have is your relationship with yourself. – Diane Von Furstenberg
  26. We are who we choose to be. – Disney’s Incredibles
  27. Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. – Jenn Proske
  28. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Regularly reflecting on how to best care for yourself is not merely a self-indulgent act. From cultivating self-love and acceptance to pursuing passions authentically, focusing inward lays the groundwork for living your best life.

Remember that you deserve your compassion and nurturing as much as anyone. Make time to reconnect with your needs and desires. When you feel grounded from within, you can lend your gifts to the world that much more.

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