Self-compassion is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. It’s a way of relating to ourselves that isn’t based on judging or criticizing ourselves but instead focuses on our common humanity and the understanding that we all make mistakes sometimes. It can be difficult to muster up the courage to be kind to ourselves, especially when we’re experiencing a tough time. But luckily, we can turn to powerful quotes from writers, thinkers, and other inspiring souls to help us along the way. In this blog post, I will share 50 quotes that will help you boost your self-compassion and remind you that you’re not alone on this journey called life.

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Inspiring Quotes on Self-Compassion

When you are feeling down, overwhelmed, or just plain crappy, giving yourself a little compassion goes a long way. Here are some quotes about self-compassion that will help get you started on the path to being kinder and gentler with yourself. You deserve it!

  • Self-compassion is a way of emotionally recharging our batteries. Rather than becoming drained by helping others, self-compassion allows us to fill up our internal reserves, so that we have more to give to those who need us.— Kristin Neff
  • Because self-compassion makes us feel safe, centered and connected, we can delight in what’s wonderful about our lives rather than dwelling solely on problems and limitations. We can start to pursue our dreams rather than merely ward off dangers. ― Kristin NeffSelf-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • Whenever I notice something about myself I don’t like, or whenever something goes wrong in my life, I silently repeat the following phrases: This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.— Kristin Neff

  • Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance. —Tara Brach Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN
  • Circumstances vary; self-kindness does not. It is a constant. ― David R. Edwards
  • By giving ourselves unconditional kindness and comfort while embracing the human experience, difficult as it is, we avoid destructive patterns of fear, negativity, and isolation.— Kristin Neff

  • Self-compassion is key because when we’re able to be gentle with ourselves in the midst of shame, we’re more likely to reach out, connect, and experience empathy. — Brené Brown

  • Compassion is not a virtue — it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have — it’s something we choose to practice. — Brené Brown
  • Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. ― Brené Brown

  • If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Jack Kornfield
  • To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. – Sandra Bierig
  • 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
  • Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. ― Louise L. Hay
  • You find a use for everything. Yet you discard yourself at every opportunity.― Amanda Cox
  • More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate. ― Roy T. Bennett
  • Self-compassion is critical in accountability. We often overcorrect by shaming and blaming
    ourselves or under-correct by avoiding ways to face accountability directly. Using self-compassion doesn’t mean letting yourself off the hook for missteps, but owning them and still holding space to love yourself. Adding compassion to accountability processes decreases shame and isolation and increases growth and connection. ― Gina Senarighi
  • There is lot of conversation about self-love nowadays, but how can we love ourselves if we do not consider ourselves worthy (we condemn ourselves, punish ourselves, sabotage ourselves, criticize ourselves, and constantly judge and devalue ourselves)?― Danijela Jokic Vaislay
  • Nurturing your self-compassion is anti-oppression work within yourself. ― Joy Donnell
  • Leaning on others is a beautiful act of self-compassion.― Sally Clarke

Self-compassion quotes Kristin Neff

  • If you are continually judging and criticizing yourself while trying to be kind to others, you are drawing artificial boundaries and distinctions that only lead to feelings of separation and isolation.— Kristin Neff

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More Quotes about Self-Compassion

We all need a reminder that being gentle with ourselves is not the same as being weak. In fact, it can actually make us stronger. So next time you’re having a tough day, remember that it’s okay to give yourself a break! Here are more quotes on self-compassion that can help motivate you to treat yourself with a little more kindness!

  • I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.— Kristen Neff
  • To be self-compassionate is not to be self-indulgent or self-centered. A major component of self-compassion is to be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with love, care, dignity and make your wellbeing a priority. With self-compassion, we still hold ourselves accountable professionally and personally, but there are no toxic emotions inflicted upon and towards ourselves.
    ― Christopher Dines
  • A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. ― Christopher K. Germer
  • Self-compassion is like a muscle. The more we practice flexing it, especially when life doesn’t go exactly according to plan (a frequent scenario for most of us), the stronger and more resilient our compassion muscle becomes. ― Sharon Salzberg
  • There’s no amount of self-improvement that can make up for a lack of self-acceptance. ― Robert Holden
  • It’s like a mother, when the baby is crying, she picks up the baby and she holds the baby tenderly in her arms. Your pain, your anxiety is your baby. You have to take care of it. You have to go back to yourself, to recognize the suffering in you, embrace the suffering, and you get a relief. ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.―Rumi
  • Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at. — Pema Chodron
  • An important aspect of self-compassion is to be able to empathically hold both parts of ourselves–the self that regrets a past action and the self that took the action in the first place.— Marshall Rosenberg
  • Most unhappy people need to learn just one lesson: how to see themselves through the lens of genuine compassion and treat themselves accordingly. — Martha Beck
  • You can have compassion for yourself which is not self-pity. You’re simply recognizing that ‘this is tough, this hurts,’ and bringing the same warmhearted wish for suffering to lessen or end that you would bring to any dear friend grappling with the same pain, upset, or challenges as you. — Rick Hanson
  • Be nice to yourself… It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time. ― Christine Arylo
  • If one is cruel to himself, how can we expect him to be compassionate with others? ―Hasdai ibn Shaprut

Quotes about Self-Compassion

  • Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.— Christopher Germer

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Self-Compassion Quotes to help you Embrace Self-Kindness

When you’re hard on yourself, it’s tough to make progress. But when you can be your own biggest cheerleader, life gets a lot easier. Here are some self-compassion quotes to help you embrace yourself fully.

  •  Healing takes self-compassion. – Juansen Dizon
  • Once we are honest about our feelings, we can invite ourselves to consider alternative modes of viewing our pain and can see that releasing our grip on anger and resentment can actually be an act of self-compassion. — Sharon Salzberg
  • With mindfulness, loving-kindness, and self-compassion, we can begin to let go of our expectations about how life and those we love should be. — Sharon Salzberg
  • When we practice self-compassion in our lives, we are compelled to be more understanding and accepting toward ourselves. — Jose Incer
  • Speak to yourself with compassion on the inside and you will radiate peace on the outside. — Amy Leigh Mercree
  • Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path. — Tara Brach
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. — Dalai Lama
  • Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks, what’s good for you? – Kristin Neff
  • Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things. — Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Self-compassion is approaching ourselves, our inner experience with spaciousness, with the quality of allowing which has a quality of gentleness. Instead of our usual tendency to want to get over something, to fix it, to make it go away, the path of compassion is totally different. Compassion allows. — Robert Gonzales
  • Self-compassion triggers people to adopt a growth mindset. —Serena Chen
  • Self-compassion is about treating yourself with kindness, care, support, and empathy in the same way you would treat a good friend who needs you. —Rebecca Dolgin
  • Self-compassion cultivates authenticity by minimizing negative thoughts and self-doubts. Serena Chen
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion both allow us to live with less resistance toward ourselves and our lives. If we can fully accept that things are painful, and be kind to ourselves because they’re painful, we can be with the pain with greater ease. — Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
  • Self-compassion is nurturing yourself with all the kindness and love you would shower on someone you cherish.— Debra

Quotes on Self-compassion

  • An important aspect of self-compassion is to be able to emphatically hold both parts of ourselves–the self that regrets a past action and the self that took the action in the first place. — Marshall Rosenberg

Final Thoughts

As we come to the end of this post, take a few moments to reflect on one or two of these quotes that spoke to you the most. Consider how you can apply self-compassion in your own life, especially during challenging times. The next time you find yourself beating yourself up, remember these words of encouragement and give yourself the compassion you deserve.

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