Self-Help Quotes


Insightful Quotes on Self-Help

Self-help quotes might be affirmations or they may offer some good advice. You don't have to be unhealthy to benefit from self-help quotes. Check out the quotes below for self-help that is good for you.

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“Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Who doesn't need more self-confidence from time to time? Remember the self-help affirmation above when you are facing a monumental task. You can do it, piece by piece.


“Every situation in life is temporary.”

This quote can pick you up from your darkest hour. If you're thinking of ending it all, check the suicide hotline page and give life another chance.


Quote about self-help: “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

To be emotionally well, you've got to let anger pass before acting on it. 


“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

Sometimes the 'something good' is a nutritional meal that helps your mental health. Check out foods that calm anxiety and stress or foods that help depression for inspiration.


“Once you start laughing you start healing.”

Laughter is the best medicine. But sometimes you might benefit from an antidepressant or a beneficial self-care activity too.


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Learn to give off positive vibes and see who you attract in your quest to live forever.


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Think you can't do that? Think again. And check into self-help for overcoming low self-esteem, too.


“It's never too late for a new beginning in your life.”

This self-help quote is good for encouraging you to start over with what you have. A positive personality will help you do that.


“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

What could you create today? How about starting with a positive mindset?


"Trust yourself, you have survived a lot and you will survive whatever is coming.”

If you're suffering from a lack of self-confidence, this quote may be hard to believe. But you can't deny the logic of it.


“Expect nothing and appreciate everything.”

Your mental health and well-being may rely on limiting your expectations and appreciating the small things.


“Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life.”

This self-help quote challenges you to stretch your positive thinking muscles!


“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

It's trying when you're tied up in a bad situation that seems to have a negative ending. Get some positive messages for your mental health so you can figure out what to do next.


“You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”

Reacting differently to verbal abuse or any other kind of abuse will change your experience. Learn how to deal with verbal abuse in the best ways.


“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.”

Positive thinking exercises and tips might help you while you wait.


“Big problems are best solved in small pieces.”

Big problems? Do as the self-help quote suggests and solve it in small pieces. Check out these 10 positivity facts to improve your mood before you get to work on that problem.


“We repeat what we don't repair.”

Can't think of something that needs to be repaired? What about a negative thinking pattern? Learn what negative thinking patterns to avoid and repair how you think today.


“You cannot always be strong, but you can always be brave.”

Anxiety can weaken you, but you can use coping skills for anxiety and feel yourself come back to full strength.


“It is not your job to be everything to everyone.”

Emotionally healthy relationships respect give and take. Good friends don't take from you constantly, and you shouldn't have to give everything to everyone constantly.


“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.”

Negative thinking can keep your suffering fresh. Learn how to get rid of negative thoughts to improve your mental health and focus on the lesson.

More Self-Help Quotes

The following self-help quotes will strengthen your resolve to put more energy into yourself. Take a look and feel your soul lighten.

“Be confused, it's where you begin to learn new things. Be broken, it's where you begin to heal. Be frustrated, it's where you start to make more authentic decisions. Be sad, because if we are brave enough we can hear our heart's wisdom through it. Be whatever you are right now. No more hiding. You are worthy, always.”


"You are not your yesterday. You are what you make of your todays. Mistakes will happen, don't let that discourage your future. Use your broken thing to make unbroken wings. Then fly.”


“The journey is as important as the destination.”


“Good vibes attract good lives.”


“Try not to resist the changes that come your way.”


“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.”


“Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life.”


“Life is too short to be normal. Stay weird.”


“Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.”


“Don't let a bad day stop you from crushing your goals.”


“I’m not impressed by what you do for a living or your career establishments. I’m impressed by how you think, how clean your heart is, how you treat other human being and how you treat yourself.”


“Choose those who choose you.”


“Stop keeping track of the mistakes you’ve made. It’s time to forgive yourself.”


“The journey is beautiful but the path is not always smooth or even clearly marked, and sometimes there are weird detours. So fill your tank as often as possible.”


“Don’t measure your progress using someone else’s ruler.”


“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.”


“There comes a point when you have to realize that you’ll never be good enough for some people. The question is, is that your problem or theirs?.”


“It’s in the darkest moments that we find our greatest strengths.”


“Friendly reminder to check you’re not holding tension in your body. Let your shoulders drop, unclench your hands and jaw. Take a deep breath. Much better.”


“If you avoid conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself.”


“It is okay to set boundaries.”


“Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”


“Life is so much simpler when you stop explaining yourself to people and just do what works for you.”


“Kindness changes everything.”


“For a star to be born there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth.”


“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. What’s what this storm’s all about.”


“You are the greatest project you will ever get to work on. Take your time. Create magic.”


“I forget how to love myself most days. But I keep trying. I keep trying. I keep trying. And that alone is a victory.”


“Kindness changes everything.”


“Sometimes I like to be alone and do absolutely nothing. I’m not anti-social. I’m just pro-me.”


“You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.”


“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”


“Those broken places are where you built your strength.”


“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. For now, take time for you. It’s time to replenish.”


“It’s okay if you aren’t ready for self love, sometimes the best we can do is not want to destroy ourselves. You aren’t a failure for struggling with self love, you’re doing just fine.”


“There comes a point when you have to realize that you’ll never be good enough for some people. The question is, is that your problem or theirs?.”


"It's in the darkest moments that we find our greatest strengths.”


“It’s actually okay to do nothing. Being productive 100% of the time isn’t possible, so don’t feel guilty for just relaxing.”


“The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light.”


“Your mistakes do not define you.”


“Live your life purpose.”


“Give yourself the space to listen to your own voice-your own soul. Too many of us listen to the noise of the world & get lost in the crowd.”


“It is okay to live a life others do not understand.”


“I have endured, I have been broken, I have known hardship, I have lost myself. But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day.”


“There is beauty in simplicity.”


“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”


“The world you see is created by what you focus on. It is never too late to adjust your lens.”


"Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.”


“Nobody but you have to believe in your dreams to make them a reality.”


“There is nothing wrong with being a little more giving than others, after all, there has to be someone who gives light in a darkened room.”


“Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.”


“Hope is not born on mountain tops, but in valleys when you’re looking to the heights and peaks that you’re yet to climb.”


“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness - even our wholeheartedness - actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.”


“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s unbecoming everything that isn’t you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”


“Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.”


“When it comes to making a big change in your life, you have to want it more than you fear it.”


“Once you have learned to dance in the rain, you will be able to survive life’s passing storms.”


"Just because the past didn’t turn out as you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you’ve ever imagined.”


“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”


“Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t feel pain. It means you feel it & try to understand it so you can grow from it.”


“Sometimes you just need to talk about something-not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air.”


“Learn to let go of whatever it is that makes you think you’re not good enough because that’s when you’re gonna beat it. When you learn that you matter.”


"It’s okay to move on. Actually, it’s often a great act of self-love, self-respect and emotional self-defense.”


“To find peace, sometimes you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all those noises in your life.”


“When we are willing to stay even a moment with uncomfortable energy, we gradually learn not to fear it.”


“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”


“In the waves of change, we find our true direction.”


“You can find me somewhere between inspiring others, working on myself, dodging negativity, and slaying my goals.”


“These painful feelings aren’t permanent. There are better times ahead.”


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”


“Note to self: Don’t be so hard on yourself.”


“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.”


“The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.”


“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”


“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.”


“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”


"When others try to rain on your dreams, carry an umbrella & dream on.”


“Make time for yourself. You are important.”


"Unlike self-criticism which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?.”


“Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.”


“Sometimes we just need a little Me-Time.”


“Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”


“You carry so much love in your heart give some to yourself.”


“Where we think we need more self-discipline we usually need more self-love.”


“Sometimes is okay to give up on something, as long as you do not give up on yourself.”


“Memorize that feeling you get when things are working out.”


“Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”


“Sometimes the simple things are the most beautiful.”


“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.”


“It takes both rain and sun to grow a beautiful flower. It takes both light and dark to grow a strong you.”


“Be scared and do it anyway.”


“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.”


“Once you learn to appreciate the small victories there is no need for a finish line.”


“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”


“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.”


“Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.”


“Nothing in nature blooms all year round be patient with yourself.”


“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”


“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”


“I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.”


“Sometimes you don’t realize you’re actually drowning when you’re trying to be everyone else’s anchor.”


“Be your own definition of amazing, always. That is so much more important than anything beautiful, ever.”


“Regardless of how anyone else feels about me, I am going to choose to be happy and completely love myself today.”


"Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.”


“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?.”


“Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time.”


“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”


"Sometimes when you're in a dark place, you think you've been buried; but actually you've been planted.”


“My life has changed, and I'm changing with it.”


“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.”


“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.”


“Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”


“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”


“Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.”


"You only fall when you stop trying.”


"Don't feel guilty for doing what is best for you."


"What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy."


"Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy."


"If you stumble, make it part of the dance."


The moment when you want to quit is the moment when you need to keep pushing."


"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."


"There is a season for everything under the sun-even when we can't see the sun."


"A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world."


"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”


"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”


"Remember to be proud of yourself. No victory is too small to celebrate.”


"At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.”


"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."


"Don't stumble over something behind you."


"The greatest power you can give someone is to say, ‘I believe in you."


"Some people come in your life as blessings, others come in your life as lessons."


"It's okay to be afraid of failing, you just can't let it stop you from trying."


"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go."


"Believe in your dreams. They were given to you for a reason."


"Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect."


"We'd achieve more if we chased our dreams instead of our competition."


"Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can't begin to explore your possibilities."


"Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and supported."


"Big things often have small beginnings."


"If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary."


"The future depends on what you do today."


"You can't change the ocean or the weather, no matter how hard you try, so it's best to learn how to sail in all conditions."


"Closed doors, rejections. They do not decide your fate, they simply redirect your course, you must keep moving because life's detours can also be meaningful."


"It might be stormy right now, but it can't rain forever."


"Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it."


"Nothing is permanent in this world. Not even our troubles."


"We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have."


"Letting toxic people go in not an act of cruelty. It's an act of self-care."


"A tiny step of courage is always a good place to start."


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."


"Be thankful for what you are now and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow."


"You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around."


"What you tell yourself every day will either lift you up on tears you down."


"The only way you are going to experience the beauty of life is to stop obsessing about what's wrong with it."


"Remember even your worst days only have 24 hours."


APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2016, June 2). Self-Help Quotes, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 22 from

Last Updated: April 7, 2020

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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