9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem


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No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

"When life throws you curves, embrace them!" Whether you're curvy or thin or somewhere in between, embrace the body you have right now. Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings, your arms let you hug your kids. Love your body, it's your home!

"Happiness isn't size specific." Many people discover that after losing weight they're about as happy as they ever were. Happiness is a choice not a condition of achieving a "perfect" body. Choose to be happy right now!

"There is no wrong way to have a body." We're all human. We all have flaws. Your body is yours and you should love it for all the things it can do.

"You are so much more than the number you see on the scale." The scale can't tell you how you good you feel. The scale can't tell you how much you're loved. The scale can't tell you how much you should love yourself. It can't even tell you how strong you are. All it does is measure the effect of gravity on your body. That's it!

"Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it." Exercise should never be a punishment for something you eat. It should make you feel good and strong and energized. Move out of love for yourself and your body rather than focusing on how many calories you're burning.

"Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend." Would you tell your best friend that she was lazy, worthless and fat. Would you say that you hate her and wish she would just change. No, of course, not! So stop saying those hateful things to yourself!

"If someone has a problem with your body, it's their problem--not yours!" Your body is your business. If someone says something rude to you about your body it's because of their own self-esteem issues. You're under no obligation to agree with them!

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." To be kind to others and love them you must first be kind to yourself. Start by loving yourself and then allow yourself to see the entire world with love rather than judgement. Can you imagine how good that would feel?

"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." You live with yourself day in and day out for your entire life. Can you make being in your own skin a joy rather than a misery? You can if you focus on living in the moment and enjoying all the good things your body has to offer, rather than worrying about its imperfections.

What's your favorite quote or saying that helps you to appreciate the body you have?

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    Choose one to repeat each day to help you stay positive. - 7/28/2017   5:35:05 AM
    Thoughtful little pep talks. The words are very true. - 7/28/2017   4:27:43 AM
  • 68
    Great insight, but sometimes I do not feel like it is me with the problem of my self-esteem but the people that surround me. - 5/3/2017   9:03:09 AM
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    Great - 3/30/2017   10:46:51 AM
  • 66
    These are all very good. Reading motivational quotes is a great way to stay motivated - 3/24/2017   12:37:32 AM
  • 65
    Love the quotes! I use quotes for my blogs. I hope everyone has a Terrific &
    Blessed Tuesday! - 3/21/2017   10:16:31 AM
  • FELICIA1963
    Awesome quotes - I really need to remember these! - 8/31/2016   11:28:02 AM
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    Never grow a WISHBONE where your BACKBONE ought to be! - 8/26/2016   11:07:47 AM
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    I think my favorite saying is WASTE IT OR WAIST IT! - 7/28/2016   3:51:00 PM
  • 61
    Thanks for the inspiration - 7/28/2016   11:34:38 AM
  • 60
    The most outstanding quotes! Really opens your eyes!!! - 7/28/2016   9:06:58 AM
  • 59
    LOVE these quotes! - 7/28/2016   5:55:07 AM
    Thanks...I needed these positive quotes. Very helpful. - 5/24/2016   5:38:13 PM
  • 57
    Loved these little inspiring quotes. - 5/23/2016   7:58:25 AM
  • PORA70
    Great article making quotes easily accessible. Thanks. - 5/22/2016   3:28:42 PM
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    I need to print these out and save them. Love them all, especially the one about talking nice to ourselves like we would to our best friend...after all we are our best friend! - 5/22/2016   7:37:10 AM
    My favorite part is about how the scale is just a measurement of your body's effect to gravity.

    One of my motivational quotes is "All is well in my world." ~ Louise Hay

    I know it's not weight or body specific but I like it because no matter what is going on in the moment I just think that and I realize the past is gone, even if its 5 minutes ago, so what can I do in this moment to be okay or find a positive? - 8/9/2015   12:40:21 PM
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    These quotes are awesome and motivating! I agree with VPADMA31 "exercise because you love your body" A great mind changer! - 7/29/2015   7:37:46 AM
  • LMBOWMAN1963
    Loved these!!! - 7/28/2015   1:45:59 PM
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    Good! I need to remind myself (often!) of these! - 7/28/2015   12:13:51 PM
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    These are good quotes, but it's hard (almost impossible) for me to love my body since I look like the Goodyear Blimp. - 7/28/2015   10:24:32 AM
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    I LOVE this. It's a keeper. - 7/28/2015   8:39:53 AM
  • JULIE700
    Great message! - 7/28/2015   2:53:47 AM
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    Great Quotes Megan!! Every middle school and high school in America should have these posted through out and send a good message to every child in their age group. It's the time in their lives when so much "mind damage" is done that leads to "self inflicted negativity" of themselves.
    I wish I had a penny for every person I've met in life who remarked how much they disliked High School. I'd be a super wealthy woman.!! Thanks again for the share!
    ginny - 6/5/2015   11:42:42 AM
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    I am not a has been, I am a will be. - 6/5/2015   4:28:46 AM
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    Thanks for these cheerful reminders to be body-positive: my two favourites are the one about exercising because you love your body and not saying anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to a friend. - 6/5/2015   2:30:41 AM
    I love these quotes,there so true.I feel good just reading them,I love SP!!!! - 5/24/2015   12:24:16 PM
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    After years of seeing these and hearing these, they really are "platitudes" in our current society, to be honest, sorry, but it's true. - 5/24/2015   6:16:06 AM
    God created me in His image, therefore I was created perfectly. I remind myself this when my self-talk turns ugly or when I think negatively about another's appearance. I also remind my children of this when I hear them comment on someone's appearance. - 5/23/2015   8:17:17 AM
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    you say not to say things you wouldn't say to a friend, yet you use words that diminish a good body view: "...Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings...",
    I realize that you are trying to use an example, but no one wants to hear those words. Can't you just say..."whatever you think are your flaws, remember that your legs and feet take you where you want to go...your arms hug your kids...." etc. - 3/18/2015   1:28:36 PM
    "You don't have to be great, in order to start. You have to start, in order to be great!" - 1/11/2015   2:59:15 PM
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    to save a quote: using your mouse, right click, "save image as" and then save it :) Then, to share it, just make sure you know where it is... and then send it to someone on Facebook or some other site :) - 9/13/2014   8:26:22 PM
  • DUCKY2222
    Let me apologize first for what might offend some but I say this to myself.
    Exercise is a pain in the ass, but I sure like the one it's giving me!!! Another is
    When I sweat I know it's my fat crying!
    - 9/13/2014   8:40:13 AM
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    Don't say anything to yourself you wouldn't say to a friend!-I have used that one myself, and I try to rephrase what I said to myself, and ask myself, would you say that to a friend, and if not, what would you say instead? It helps me:) - 9/13/2014   4:43:44 AM
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    I love the first graphic. lol!! - 8/17/2014   7:38:41 PM
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    great quotes - 8/17/2014   7:28:41 PM
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    "To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." - 8/17/2014   4:27:22 PM
    Love these! Thank you!!! - 8/17/2014   12:54:17 PM
    Best thing on SP. Ever. Thank you. - 8/17/2014   10:02:00 AM
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    "Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down.
    It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily.
    It is accepting people as they truly are.
    It is looking beyond physical appearances
    to attributes that do not dim through time.
    It is resisting the impulse to categorize others."
    Thomas S. Monson - 8/17/2014   8:59:10 AM
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    I love these. I think it's important to remind yourself to love yourself no matter your size during this process of getting healthy. It can be easy to forget. - 7/19/2014   4:22:14 PM
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    Love all of these! - 7/19/2014   3:48:11 AM
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    What you are is God's Gift to you, And what you make of yourself is your gift to him... Sooo, everyone Remember God Don't Make No Junk. We are the ones who make ourselves that way, so we are the ones who need to change, But always know; We are all precious..Try looking at ourselves through his eyes. Amen - 6/21/2014   10:39:43 AM
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    thanks - 6/19/2014   12:51:15 PM
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    Like Hallmark, "When you care enough to send the very best..." You need to care enough about your body large or small to give yourself the best of what it needs, good food, good exercise, good complements. Treat yourslef the way you treat a good friend. Ignoring an unhealthy body or a body shape you don't find appealing or a disability doesn't help you to change. You have to do the work in a positive manner to get positive results, and that takes time and effort. - 6/17/2014   1:25:34 PM
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    Only maybe 2 of these I find helpful. They are nice and clever, but, for the most part, they don't encourage change, they promote "stay the same". - 6/17/2014   12:18:21 PM
    These are great things to remember. One for every day of the week and two extras for the weekend! - 6/17/2014   9:59:00 AM
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    My favorite when eating and exercising healthy is " I can't wait for tomorrow, because I get better looking every day"......... Lol - 6/17/2014   8:20:36 AM
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    awesome - 6/17/2014   7:49:13 AM
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    "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson That includes loving yourself!

    Thank you for this article and the posters! - 5/15/2014   11:11:26 PM

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