9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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TERRIC853 5/29/2018
Loved these!! Thanks for the positivity! Report
JVANAM 4/24/2018
I'm on this road for the rest of my life. - Dennis Banks (Ojibwa) ~ #Commit 4/24/18 Report
PINEMB 3/29/2018
When I take my vitamins, I always think of Lucille Ball selling vitaminavegomatic in one of her comedy episodes. What a riot to wake up to your article that included her take on life! Smile. Report
VHAYES04 2/24/2018
Thanks Report
DEE107 12/7/2017
thank you Report
REDROBIN47 10/4/2017
These are awesome Report
LOVEDABUNCH2 8/23/2017
This is my favourite today:

"No matter how slow you go, you are still LAPPING everyone on the couch." Report
These are cute and colorful. Report
FISHGUT3 7/31/2017
not sure! Report
JVANAM 7/29/2017
Be obscure clearly.
- E. B. White Report
LOSER05 7/29/2017
thanks. Report
ILOVEROSES 7/29/2017
Great article! Report
CJS1MOMMY 7/29/2017
Love these quotes Report
RAZZOOZLE 7/28/2017
great quotes Report
TERRI1458 7/28/2017
Great read!!! I love Lucy and she had a great quote listed in this article! Report
Thank you Sparks for the positive quotes today! :-):-) Report
Will be printing these off to place all over my home and office! Report
NELLJONES 7/28/2017
Great!! Report
MARTHA324 7/28/2017
These are GREAT! Report
PLCHAPPELL 7/28/2017
Choose one to repeat each day to help you stay positive. Report
KATHRYNGC 7/28/2017
Thoughtful little pep talks. The words are very true. Report
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. Report
These are all very good. Reading motivational quotes is a great way to stay motivated Report
Love the quotes! I use quotes for my blogs. I hope everyone has a Terrific &
Blessed Tuesday! Report
Awesome quotes - I really need to remember these! Report
Never grow a WISHBONE where your BACKBONE ought to be! Report
I think my favorite saying is WASTE IT OR WAIST IT! Report
Thanks for the inspiration Report
The most outstanding quotes! Really opens your eyes!!! Report
LOVE these quotes! Report
Thanks...I needed these positive quotes. Very helpful. Report
Loved these little inspiring quotes. Report
Great article making quotes easily accessible. Thanks. Report
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! Report
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? Report
These quotes are awesome and motivating! I agree with VPADMA31 "exercise because you love your body" A great mind changer! Report
Loved these!!! Report
Good! I need to remind myself (often!) of these! Report
These are good quotes, but it's hard (almost impossible) for me to love my body since I look like the Goodyear Blimp. Report
I LOVE this. It's a keeper. Report
Great message! Report
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 Report
I am not a has been, I am a will be. Report
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. Report
I love these quotes,there so true.I feel good just reading them,I love SP!!!! Report
After years of seeing these and hearing these, they really are "platitudes" in our current society, to be honest, sorry, but it's true. Report
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. Report
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. Report
"You don't have to be great, in order to start. You have to start, in order to be great!" Report
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