61 Self-Care Quotes To Lift Your Spirits

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 61 of the best self-care quotes I could find. And please remember: before taking care of others, you must take care of yourself first. You’ll discover quotes by Abraham Hicks, Paulo Coelho, Fred Rogers, and more. Enjoy!
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Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a priority. Kim Leyva

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Closing your eyes and listening to silence is self-care. Maxime Lagacé

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Your opinion of you is the only thing that matters. Gal Shapira

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The greatest thing you can give yourself is freedom from what others think. Abraham Hicks

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Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde


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Don’t say “maybe” if you want to say no. Paulo Coelho

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Distance yourself from people you don’t want to become. Shane Parrish

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Stop being so available to people who are only there for you when it’s convenient for them. Aaron Will

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To be comfortable in your own skin is priceless. Brian Norgard (Related topic: be yourself)

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True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from. Brianna Wiest


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Forgiving people in silence and never speaking to them again is a form of self-care. Aaron Will

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Normalize not feeling guilty for putting yourself first. Pammy

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Choosing not to argue with people is self-care. Unknown

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Self-care is also being honest with yourself about your negative habits and mistakes. Unknown

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To take your self-love and self-care seriously is to take your personal evolution into your own hands. Yung Pueblo



More Quotes About Self-Care

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The more we say yes, the more complex life gets. Jack Butcher

Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated. Gloria Steinem

Self-care is showing up for yourself when others don’t. Andrew Zaffina

Being private, staying low-key and not telling everyone everything is self-care. Unknown

Sometimes self-care is just telling yourself that you can always try again tomorrow. Unknown

Related: Oprah Winfrey: Take Care of Yourself (3-minute YouTube video)

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Detaching from expectations is self-care. Lance Cooper

Someone told me the other day that he felt bad for single people because they are lonely all the time. I told him that’s not true I’m single and I don’t feel lonely. I take myself out to eat, I buy myself clothes. I have great times by myself. Once you know how to take care of yourself company becomes an option and not a necessity. Keanu Reeves

Everyone is not your assignment. That’s why you’re drained. Wesley Snipes (Source)

Protect your time at all costs. Protect your mind at all costs. Protect your mission at all costs. Protect your peace at all costs. You are a walking miracle. Aaron Aalto

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. Marcus Aurelius

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The truest way to decline is just to say, “it doesn’t feel right to me.” No explanation is necessary. Naval Ravikant

You are the most constant thing in your own life. Befriend yourself first. Invest in yourself first. Become yourself first. The rest will come together in time. Brianna Wiest

Don’t wait for your doctor to prescribe meds before you start giving a fuck about your body. Dan Go

You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try and make everyone happy. Remember to take time for you, time to replenish. Jim Kwik

Avoiding people who constantly lower your vibe is self-care. Pammy

Be ok with not being liked. Gal Shapira

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Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Thich Nhat Hanh

Self-care is honoring your right to say no to doing more than what you feel is right for you. Whether it is physical, intellectual or emotional labor you need to say no at times so that you can focus on rejuvenation. Yung Pueblo (Source)

Traditional self-help backfires because it promises to relieve all your pain while conveniently forgetting to mention that pain never goes away, motherfuckers. Some pain is simply better than others. Mark Manson

Take care of yourself while also making sure you respect and help other people. Do good for no reason. Gal Shapira

Many care deeply about themselves and neglect others. Many care deeply about others and neglect themselves. Few are able to care deeply about themselves *and* others. Mark Manson

You are 100% allowed to cut people off who don’t fit the vision. Aaron Will

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As you get wiser, you stop caring about everything. Maxime Lagacé

Forgiving your old self is self-care. Unknown

Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it. Fred Rogers

Not caring what people think and growing at your own pace is self-care. Mind Haste (Source)


Take care of yourself, do not let others harm you and, if you can, do the higher level work of treating difficult people with compassion. Unconditional love can simultaneously protect itself and shine radiantly. Yung Pueblo

Be careful not to sleepwalk through the only life you have. Wake up. Blink hard. Stretch. Keep moving. Maggie Smith

Sometimes it’s okay to just sit and listen. No agenda, no antidote, no destination, even no meditation – just a moment alone, breathing, listening, present to what it’s like to be you. Jason Garner

We have to keep taking care of ourselves. We have to keep taking care of each other. Joel Leon

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The ego wants to go fast. The soul needs to go slow. Maxime Lagacé

Be honest with your heart, wherever it is in the present moment—if you are tired, hold space for that. if you are hurt, hold space for that. if you are angry, hold space for that. if you are joyous, hold space for that. Joel Leon

If you are being gentle with yourself during a difficult time, that is not self-pity. You would show compassion to a friend in pain, even a stranger, so why withhold it from yourself? Don’t. Keep moving. Maggie Smith

Take care of yourself before you take care of others. Sachin Bansal

Unlearning past habits that no longer serve you is self-care. Chris Ruden

Don’t put anyone on a pedestal. Gal Shapira

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Stop trying to please everyone and just do the shit that makes you happy. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

Boundaries are a part of self-care. They are healthy, normal, and necessary. Doreen Virtue

Focus on yourself, everything else is politics. Sven Schnieders

Discipline is the strongest form of self-care. Thibaut

Educate yourself. No one is looking out for you like you will look out for yourself. Anthony Pompliano

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein


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Today, set a reminder in your phone every hour to stop, close your eyes and breathe for one minute. Don’t make it a thing by adding expectations and judgements. Just stop, close your eyes and breathe. A respite from the chaos. A moment of intimacy with yourself. You deserve that. Jason Garner

Key Takeaways

  • Self-care is respecting your boundaries
  • Self-care is the art of prioritizing the essential: your mental and physical health
  • How to take care of yourself?
    • Slow down
    • Smile (often)
    • Say no (often)
    • Learn to meditate
    • Try to accomplish less
    • Do what makes YOU happy
    • Live more in the present moment
  • Want peace of mind? Stop caring what they think
  • Want even more peace of mind? Stop caring about everything

Further Readings

Hope you enjoyed these inspiring self-care quotes.

And remember, like Oprah said, “You don’t have anything to give that you don’t have”. In other words, start with self-care, then you’ll be able to take care of others.

Now, if you did enjoy the quotes, please share them with a friend today who could benefit from them!

What is self-care to you? What’s your favorite self-care quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

July 12, 2022

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