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10 Tender Picture Quotes To Help You Love Yourself More


We can remind ourselves until we’re blue in the face that we need to be kind to ourselves, be gentle to ourselves, be forgiving to ourselves, but sometimes we need to hear it from another source. Just like we’re better able to share our compassion with others rather than ourselves, while we find it much harder to be a best friend to ourself, sometimes we need to hear the words from others for them really to sink in.

Here are 10 of my favourite tender quotes that will help you love yourself a little more. They’re designed to be sharable, pinable, and printable, so you can use them as you like (I share these and other inspiring quotes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest).










Do these resonate with you? My favourites are the first, from AA Milne and the last, from Anais Nin. Which did you need to hear most today? Who do you know that needs to hear these messages?

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  • Sandra Pawula April 18, 2016, 2:49 am

    The first one resonated for me immediately, Ellen. It was the “tender” feeling of all those particular words in combination. These are so beautiful and so inspiring!
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    • Ellen April 18, 2016, 4:32 am

      Thank you Sandra, and yes, I just love that one too. My mum quite often sends it to me, despite my age! :-)

  • Debbie L Hampton April 18, 2016, 3:05 pm

    I love all of these. So inspirational and motivating. I particularly like the one about honoring boundaries. It took me a long time to learn that one, but I finally did.
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    • Ellen April 19, 2016, 4:22 am

      Ah yes, I absolutely know I am still working on that one Debbie. It’s funny, some people think inspiration quotes are a little trite, but I think there is just so much wisdom in each of these if we spent a bit of time meditating on their message.

  • Cathy Taughinbaugh April 18, 2016, 6:23 pm

    Beautiful quotes Ellen. I love them all. Honoring our own boundaries speaks to me today because when we honor ourselves, we set the tone for how we will be treated by others. Inspiring!
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    • Ellen April 19, 2016, 4:23 am

      You’re so right Cathy. Really glad you liked them!

  • Elle April 18, 2016, 8:23 pm

    A beautiful and gentle read Ellen. My favourites? Albert Einstein and Anais Nin. I love the feeling that everything is a miracle and finding peace with oneself is vital to our wellbeing and happiness.
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    • Ellen April 19, 2016, 4:24 am

      Thanks Elle. And yes, I included the miracle one because I think that thinking in that way changes our relationship with the world, which in turn changes our relationship with ourselves – we are a miracle too :-)

  • Zeenat Merchant Syal April 20, 2016, 6:16 am

    You know I’m a quotes junkie Ellen :) So this is pure heaven for me. Youve done such a wonderful job with these creations. Beautiful!
    Love each and every quote :)
    Much Love,
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    • Ellen April 20, 2016, 10:07 am

      Thanks so much Zeenat, so glad you liked them! x

  • pat April 21, 2016, 11:56 pm

    Ellen, thank you for these. I use them a lot. However, the last really resonated. Right now, I am taking care of myself on a sabbatical in Ireland.

    • Ellen April 23, 2016, 4:10 am

      Thanks Pat, that’s definitely one of my favourites too. Good luck with your sabbatical, I hope it’s a time where you’re able to focus on what lights you up inside.

  • Vidya Sury April 27, 2016, 6:27 pm

    They are all gorgeous quotes, Ellen! I love the “You cannot serve from an empty vessel” So true! Charity begins at home, as the old adage goes. Applies to self care too! Thank you!
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    • Ellen April 28, 2016, 4:26 am

      Thanks so much Vidya. I always think that quote’s a really good reminder for those of us that think we’re too busy looking after other people to look after ourselves <3

  • Suzie Cheel May 10, 2016, 11:17 pm

    Love AA Milne and the Gandhi ones- and love how you have presented this and the resting one- so important. Thank you
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    • Ellen May 11, 2016, 6:56 am

      Thanks Suzie. I find them really supportive reminders <3

  • Suzie Cheel July 5, 2016, 10:39 pm

    Love these will pin and share thanks
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