I dare say that love is as essential as the air you breathe to survive. From basic plant biology, we know that plants require some conditions to remain healthy, such as nutrients, a source of light, air, and water. This is very much the equivalent of human beings. Asides air, food, and water, we also require a source of light – love – for survival.
You can go a whole day without food, and if you push yourself hard enough, you may also be able to go an entire day without water, but can you go a full day without feeling the love?
This post of curated inspirational love quotes will reaffirm what you already know about yourself. These inspirational love quotes will remind you of the things you can achieve with love. Often, it becomes difficult to remember why you do the job you do; why you surround yourself with the people you do; why you should do the things you love the most; and why you should love yourself and your body. When you hit a rough patch and begin to doubt yourself, these inspirational love quotes should serve as a pick-me-up and get you moving again.
My Selection of Best Inspirational Quotes About Love
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou.
What Maya Angelou describes in the above love quote is the power that love gives you. Love can be a sole motivating factor towards reaching your end goal, be it at work or in your personal relationships.
Only love can push you towards self-betterment and fulfillment. When you love, it becomes a source of energy that transforms you into the best version of yourself. When you do the things you love, you’re guaranteed to put in your best effort, and this will, in turn, yield the best results. The same thing happens when you love yourself; you put the best energy towards your decisions and your health. Such is the power of true love.
Unfortunately, as beautiful as love is, we know that it can be quite elusive at times. Sometimes you wake up in the morning, and you begin to wonder why you even bother. It is not like you can see the results of all your hard work, as nothing seems to be working. The pain of life and your struggles have made you lose sight of what’s important to you. Now before you begin to start beating yourself up, this is a perfectly reasonable response that all human beings have.
The solution is pretty straightforward, do more things that you love, be with more people that you care about, and you will wake up every morning with a new purpose.
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller.
Quotes about Self-Love
“I love myself; why is it so important that I love myself?”
You cannot give from a place of lack. What this means is that if you don’t first figure out how to love yourself, you will never be able to get the rest right. The best love you can ever have is self-love. Unfortunately, self-love is one of the things that hold many people back.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi.
When you keep thinking you’re not good or worthy enough, it registers in your subconscious until you eventually manage to convince yourself that you indeed are not.
So, where does that leave you?
You dream of that perfect someday, but deep inside, you’re not convinced that you will eventually get there because you don’t believe that you are good enough. So you try halfheartedly, and as to be expected, you don’t get the desired results. So you try to overcompensate because you think the problem is that you don’t try hard enough. You set unrealistic goals and expectations, and when you don’t meet them, it reinforces your belief that you are not good enough. Now that pesky little inner voice will never keep quiet, “See? I told you that you are not good enough!”
It becomes worse at this point because now you have “proof” that you are not good enough, so the voice permeates everything you do, and every time you think, “Hey! I can make that,” the voice is at the forefront to tell you, “No, you really can’t.” Sadly, you will listen.
How will I learn to love myself?
First: You start by learning to pull yourself out of this self-destructive loop. Instead of seeing flaws when you look at yourself, validate yourself and strip the power from these negative voices. Say words of affirmation to yourself. Every time you walk past the mirror, tell your reflection;
“I am a beautiful person.”
“I am a great businessman/woman.”
“I am talented.”
“I love you.”
“I deserve to have beautiful things.”
“I am creative,” and so on.
Second: Fake it till you make it, and this includes smiling in the face of adversary. Even when it doesn’t feel like you have done something worth being happy about, smile and tell yourself that you have.
“The smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa.
Practice these two steps daily till it becomes a habit for you, and you’re well on your way to loving yourself wholesomely.
Quotes About Loving Yourself & Self-Care
“I love my body; why is it important to love my body?”
“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” – Buddha
Self-care is as crucial as self-love; there is no single soul in the entire universe that will have your best interest at heart as you do. So, if you don’t learn to care for your body, nobody else will.
Caring for your body in this instance does not mean obsessing over whether you fit into the trending standards of beauty, or starving yourself to drop a few dress sizes down.
Caring for your body means that you focus on your mental, physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. Focusing on being healthy, as against fitting with beauty standards, will help you find a more profound sense of gratification, as well as motivation to keep going.
Say you need to lose a few pounds, doing it for the sake of health, rather than an obsessive need to be skinny and ripped, you make healthier feeding choices, exercise better, and remove worries about poor health.
How do I learn to self-care?
Treat yourself the way you would treat others: Sometimes, we have more respect towards other people than we do towards ourselves. We are also our harshest critics, which means we expect more from ourselves than we would from others, putting ourselves under undue pressure.
Stay positive and grateful: When you focus on the positives of what you have, it helps you stay grateful and releases negative thoughts about what you do not have. When you focus on the things you don’t have, it is easy to remain frustrated and discouraged. A task as simple as writing all of the things you have achieved will help you stay focused on what is right and motivate you.
Slow down: The world is such a fast-paced environment; sometimes, you need a few minutes to take a breather. During your day, take a couple of minutes to breathe. Take ten deep breaths and allow yourself to re-center and refocus before you move on with your daily tasks.
Rest: Your body needs all the rest it can get to recharge and rejuvenate. Asides the detrimental effects that lack of rest has on your body, you can’t do much if you are always exhausted and prone to mistakes.
Quotes About The People I Love
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde.
You need the people you love because you need to remain connected to people that get you – the people that sing a song that only you can hear, talk more of understanding. They know what makes you tick. They know how to make you feel good about yourself.
Look at it this way, you’re at work, and you feel stressed out because you have a deadline to meet, and a text comes in from your friend, “Saw this picture, and I thought of you.” Or, you get an “I was thinking of you and decided to call.” Suddenly, your day isn’t as gloomy anymore because someone just reminded you of happier times.
The people in your inner circle, irrespective of the size, make everything else look practicable. When you think about unconditional love, they first come to mind. You have a sense of belonging. They accept you; they get you. They challenge you; they bring out the best in you. Hearing simple words like “I love you” from the people you love can set your entire day straight again.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss.
It doesn’t have to be limited to romantic love; once you see yourself putting the happiness of another person above all else, it means that the said person is significant to you.
Now that you know the importance of these people, you have to work actively to sustain the relationship by;
Being present: In an outing, put down your phone and focus on them.
Listening deeply: Don’t just listen to words to make your rebuttals or dish out advice. Listen and be there.
Forgiving often: One of the avoidable human flaws is making errors. Your friends will err on the side of judgment at one point or the other, so learning to forgive is essential.
Giving freely: It doesn’t matter if the gift is tangible or not. Something as easy as making yourself accessible to your friends in their time of need will go a long way.
Being vocally appreciative: Don’t be afraid to tell them how much they mean to you. Be vocal about the way they make you feel; let them know their importance in your life and don’t forget to be grateful.
Speaking truthfully: Learn not to mince words so the message is not lost in the things left unsaid. Although being truthful does not mean you have to be cruel.
Accepting them fully: A relationship is a quid pro quo affair, so, as much as they accept and get you, you should be the same way with them.
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
About The Job I Love
“Why is it important to do the job I love?”
The most important reason you should do the job the love is that you deserve happiness. Too many people end up lacking enthusiasm for the jobs they have to do because they don’t love what they do. They eventually become complacent in their discomfort that they refuse to pursue anything that might present risks, even though liberation will be the end prize. When this continues, their mental and physical health begins to spiral downwards.
“Why should I do the job I love?”
Less stress and better health: Loving your job will reduce consistent negative thoughts, anxiety, and worry. The long term effect of worrying too much is that it begins to tell physically on your health. Symptoms like chronic fatigue, lack of concentration, hypertension, and lack of productivity begin to show. But all of that is reduced when you do the jobs you love.
It increases your motivation and confidence: Because you are doing what you love, it means that you know what you’re doing, which is a great confidence booster. When you feel confident about your abilities, you’re always willing to do more.
Ask yourself, “Do I see myself doing this job for the rest of my life?” If the job is not one you want to spend the rest of your life doing, you should probably not be doing it anyway.
Doing The Things, I Love
“Why should I do the things I love?”
Finding ways to do the things you love will go a long way in improving the quality of your life. Your day does not have to be utterly dreary and exhausting. Doing the things you like, even if it is just a ten-minute walk, daily will improve your outlook, keep you feeling refreshed and motivated.
When you do what you love, you live a happier, more productive life because;
- You develop higher self-esteem because you keep reaffirming that you know what you’re doing.
- It improves the quality of life you live. Your overall health is better – mentally, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
- You become more proactive and motivated to keep doing those things.
- Your work no longer looks like a chore to you, and it begins to come quickly for you.
- You always learn and find ways to improve.
When you think about the difference that something as simple as love can bring to your life, you ask yourself, “what have I been doing all this while?”
Well, it is not too late to start now to love yourself, your body, the people around you, your job, and, most importantly, the people you love.
If you have a story of the times love has made a difference in your life, please leave a comment to share with us.