Body image is an issue for many people, and they often find themselves lacking the ability to be body positive. Lacking body positivity can be harmful to your mental health, however.
When you find yourself being negative about your body, change your course of thinking. Embrace what makes you different, and love your body for all that it does for you.
If you’re having trouble getting past the negativity, you can be inspired by quotes about being body positive. These quotes can help you change your thought process and teach you to love yourself as you are.
20 Quotes About Being More Body Positive
1. “If we make self-love or body acceptance conditional, the truth is, we will never be happy with ourselves. The reality is that our bodies are constantly changing, and they will never remain exactly the same. If we base our self-worth on something as ever-changing as our bodies, we will forever be on the emotional roller coaster of body obsession and shame.” – Chrissy King
Your body is changing every second of the day. Accept this and love each change as it happens, because it’s what makes you unique. If you can’t accept the constant change, it will impact your mental health.
2. “Most important, in order to find real happiness, you must learn to love yourself for the totality of who you are and not just what you look like.” – Portia de Rossi
You are more than just what you look like. There are important things like values, morals, personality traits, and other characteristics that make you special. Love every part of yourself and you will be able to be more body positive.
3. “I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realization that everybody does that—even the people that I consider flawless—then you can start to live with the way you are.” – Taylor Swift
Even famous people have flaws and insecurities. The things you hate about yourself may be something someone else doesn’t even notice or that they think is beautiful. Accept yourself as you are and remember that everyone has insecurities.
4. “This is it: This body is home. This is where I live and hang my hat. This is where I settle into my hips and sit easy in myself, slung together with strong muscles and bones, made gentle and forging with flesh. This body is durable, has lasted for years, hunkered down through fierce storms, and allows for the peaceful erosions of age. It is like a cottage on the shore: weathered and well made, a place where a person could comfortably live. I like it here. It is my own.” – Marya Hornbacher
Your body is the one thing that is all your own. You have it no matter where you go or what you do. It’s gotten you this far in life, and it’ll get you through so much more.
Appreciate your body for all that it has done and for the strength it gives you. It has grown with you and you should be completely comfortable in it. Embrace it and learn to love the body that has gotten you so far.
5. “To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” – Alan Cohen
If you can learn to love yourself right now, you’ll live with so much more peace and comfort. Don’t keep being unhappy and self-critical when you could accept and love yourself.
6. “The most important day is the day you decide you’re good enough for you. It’s the day you set yourself free.” – Brittany Josephina
Your opinion is the only one that matters when it comes to you and your body. If you believe that you are good enough, then you are good enough. As Josephina explained, you set yourself free when you learn to accept yourself.
7. “Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.” – Unknown
Stop the negative self-talk and use positivity when talking or thinking about yourself. When you look in the mirror, think of loving yourself instead of criticizing what you see. If you can do this, you will learn to love yourself and be more body positive.
8. “Girls of all kinds can be beautiful—from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box…think outside of the box.” – Tyra Banks
It doesn’t matter what shape your body is or what color your skin is. Likewise, it doesn’t matter what your personality is like. You are beautiful just how you are, and there are no criteria you need to follow.
9. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
When you can accept yourself, you will realize how beautiful you are. You’ll love the things that make you unique, and you will value your body for what it’s worth.
10. “Body positivity is as simple as making the choice to love yourself despite your shortcomings—to embrace your whole self and not let others dictate how you feel about your body.” – Paige Fieldsted
As stated before, everyone has flaws and insecurities. Even when you are confident you will experience these things.
Instead, stop letting other people decide how you should feel about yourself. Only then will you be able to experience body positivity and self-love.
11. “I don’t want to wait until I’m 73 to embrace my body. To look back and think of my beauty: How did I miss it? Let’s not wait another moment.” – Ashley Asti
You likely already look back at your younger self and realize how beautiful you were. Then you become nostalgic and begin wishing you still looked that way.
When you are old and look different than right now, you’ll look back and wish you still looked that way. Stop this cycle and learn to love your body as it is right now. Don’t waste your time hating your body.
12. “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” – Steve Maraboli
When a person can be themselves without feeling bad about it, they are beautiful. It doesn’t matter what they look like, what matters is how they behave. It shows confidence and comfort with one’s self, and you can reach that level of self-love, too.
13. “Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.” – Serena Williams
Accept what makes you different and love yourself because of it. You don’t have to look like anyone else to be beautiful.
14. “Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like.” – Emma Watson
Beauty is dependent on the personality and the heart of a person. If you behave beautifully, you will be beautiful. Accept who you are and be a good person.
15. “Step away from the mean girls and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.” – Oprah Winfrey
If there are people in your life who make you feel bad about yourself, leave them behind. Stop letting other people tell you how you should look. Be yourself, love yourself, and you will be confident.
16. “People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.” – Salma Hayek
Your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters. What other people think about you and your appearance. So, you decide that you are beautiful, and you will be beautiful.
17. “You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.” – Jessica Ortner
As Ortner explains, hating yourself won’t get you anywhere. Neither will criticizing or shaming yourself. You have to take care of yourself and love yourself, and then you will be happy and confident in your body.
18. “One day I decided that I was beautiful and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.” -Gabourey Sidibe
When you decide that you are beautiful, you become beautiful. Your opinion is what matters, and you will carry yourself in the way that you view yourself.
19. “Life is so much more beautiful and complex than a number on a scale.” – Tess Munster
Many small parts of life are more meaningful than your look or size. Don’t let mundane things bring you down. When you feel it starting to happen, start listing all the beautiful things in life.
20. “For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things…what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep
Your differences are what make you unique and capable of doing things other people can’t. Use your differences to your advantage and make them work for you.
It can be a challenge to be more body positive, but you can reach that point and love yourself. Follow the advice of those who have been through it, too. It’ll help you be inspired and start thinking differently about your body. Stop wasting time with the negative self-thoughts, and learn to love yourself.