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Some Inspiring Quotes From Women Around Self-Love

As the great Whitney Houston said:  learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all...

This might be cheesy but a lot of us still struggle to see our self-worth, especially in light of relationships and what society deems as a successful and beautiful woman. February is the month of love but we at ELLE believe that love transcends the borders of romance and heteronormativity and that the most important type of love is the love that you unapologetically pour into yourself. Many great women will agree that confidence and self-assurance is the ultimate form of freedom and it's a life-long journey that requires great commitment.

To get you inspired, we've selected 10 quotes from 10 inspiring women on self-love:


"The minute you learn to love yourself you won't want to be anyone else."

Meryl Streep

"The formula of happiness and success is just being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can."

Luthando Shosha

"When you own being imperfect, nobody can use it against you!"

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. Don’t do it. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back, then they actually just like that twisted shape, and not you. And the world is such a gloriously multifaceted, diverse place that there are people in the world who will like you, the real you, as you are."

Lupita Nyong'o

"What I have learnt about myself is that I do not have to be anyone else. Myself is good enough."

Ava Duvernay

"We have so much coming in as sisters, when is our interior life ever put at the forefront. We constantly want to give to other people. The word no is important. It’s self-abuse. Too much of not caring for yourself is not a good thing. We’re bad at that as achievers. Self-care is a priority and we have to do it more.”

Nandi Mngoma

"Try to not worry about what people think. I think as women; we weigh our self-esteem with other people’s opinions."


"In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright.æ

Tracee Ellis Ross

"Here is my wish and my desire and my pledge as well: that we remember our true nature and our womanhood. That we own and know that we are more than our bodies and yet our bodies are these sacred, beautiful, rhythmic houses for us."

Had to round it off with a Maya Angelou quote:

"It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me."

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