55 Self-Love Quotes by Black Authors to Elevate Your Spirit

Hey you! Today I’m a bit low on energy, just things don’t seem to go my way at all.

I know I’m not alone, so I decided to take a break from work and read through some of the self-love quotes that I find uplifting during times like this.

Well, sharing is caring, right? I went ahead and compile a list of self-love quotes by black authors to share with you to remind you that it’s ok to have bad days sometime and it shall pass.

Trust me, you’ll want to keep these close, for moments when you need a sprinkle of affirmation or a boost of self-belief. Stay with me, my friends, because this post is about to pour some serious self-love into your hearts.

Self-Love Quotes by Black Authors: Affirmations for Your Soul

  1. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde
  2. “You are your best thing.” – Toni Morrison
  3. “Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: there’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” – Unknown
  4. “Be yourself, love yourself, value yourself, and celebrate yourself no matter what.” – Unknown
  5. “I am my best work—a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.” – Audre Lorde
  6. “I work really hard to like myself, and I think that’s a lifelong struggle.” – Lupita Nyong’o
  7. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker
  8. “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” – Tyra Banks
  9. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
  11. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia
  12. “Loving yourself is a journey that never ends.” – Oprah Winfrey
  13. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde
  14. “You are your best thing, and if you love yourself like that, then you can love others, and that’s the key.” – Alfre Woodard
  15. “You are your first and most important love. If you can’t love and accept yourself, then no one else will be able to.” – Angie Stone
  16. “Be kind to yourself on this journey. It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to cry. Just never stop moving forward.” – Unknown
  17. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
  18. “I don’t know if I’m always comfortable in my skin, but I don’t know anyone who is.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
  19. “I’m learning to trust myself, the path I’m on, and the person I’m becoming.” – Unknown
  20. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé
  21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  22. “We are our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.” – Audre Lorde
  23. “I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don’t like myself, there’s no reason to even live the life.” – Gabourey Sidibe
  24. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde
  25. “When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless.” – Unknown
  1. “I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally, it occurred to me: I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.” – Queen Latifah
  2. “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.” – Toni Morrison
  3. “I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” – Bell Hooks
  4. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
  5. “The most important thing is to be true to yourself and not try to be someone that you’re not. It’s easy to follow the crowd, but it takes courage to be yourself.” – Janelle Monáe
  6. “You are enough just as you are. Each emotion you feel, everything in your life, everything you do or do not do… where you are and who you are right now is enough. It is perfect.” – Taraji P. Henson
  7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Viola Davis
  8. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morley
  9. “I believe in myself so much. I believe in my abilities and my talent.” – Issa Rae
  10. “I’m not going to be the person I’m expected to be anymore. I’m going to be the person I want to be.” – Jamie Foxx
  11. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” – Maya Angelou
  12. “Self-love is the foundation of confidence and success.” – Idowu Koyenikan
  13. “Loving yourself isn’t an act of arrogance. It’s an act of survival.” – Yara Shahidi
  14. “Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.” – Owumi Oghenerukevw
  15. “Your relationship with yourself is the foundation for all other relationships.” – Jada Pinkett Smith
  16. “Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.” – Les Brown
  17. “Embrace and love your body; it’s the most amazing thing you will ever own.” – Unknown
  18. “You are worthy of love and respect, and that starts with treating yourself with kindness and compassion.” – Alex Elle
  19. “Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it.” – Unknown
  20. “The first and greatest love story you’ll ever have is with yourself.” – Sarah Jake Roberts
  21. “The more you love yourself, the less nonsense you’ll tolerate.” – Unknown
  22. “Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish, it makes you indestructible.” – Unknown
  23. “You are valuable and irreplaceable. No one else can be you.” – Unknown
  24. “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Unknown
  25. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  26. “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.” – Viola Davis
  27. “You are not merely enough, you are an abundance of strength, wisdom, and potential.” – Nikki Giovanni
  28. “Love yourself deeply enough to take the actions required for your happiness.” – Iyanla Vanzant
  29. “You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. You only have to be true to yourself.” – Michael B. Jordan
  30. “I define myself. I make my own rules. I pave my own path and I do so with passion and purpose.” – Nia Long


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