We engage in conversations, give advice, ask questions.

No, not just with others. Knowingly or unknowingly, we also engage in conversations with ourselves.

The subject that judges people and things is also responsible for the self-talk that either empowers or belittles you.

I don’t deserveI’ll never be able toit’ll never be me… these are the words that slowly poison your enthusiasm.

And if we were brutally honest with ourselves, some of us would realize that we tend to engage in negative self-talk quite often.

But here’s the good news — the insidious enemy can turn into an ally that doesn’t just motivate you but gives practical advice.

Once. Twice. Three times. Until it becomes a habit. And when it’ll turn into a habit, it’ll be once again subconscious.

The importance of being your own best friend

You can imagine yourself as two people in one, just like you can imagine your mind as being both subject and object.

The key is to take control and make sure the subject — your own self-talk and by extension your self-esteem — becomes your own best friend.

Being your own best friend makes you whole and complete the way you are; it gives you strength that’s immune to anyone else’s thoughts.

Most importantly, though, your own attitude toward yourself will reflect the attitude you have toward others, too.

Once your self-image changes, you’ll naturally project the same positivity on those around you… and inspire them to be their own best friend too.

Here are 44 quotes to remind you of the importance of being your own best friend.

If there is a quote that you absolutely love or that resonates with you in particular, please leave a comment at the end and let me know 😉

“Be your own best friend” quotes

Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I may be alone, but I am never lonely. I am always with my best friend, and that is me.

Debasish Mridha

The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.

Diane Von Furstenberg

We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treat our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?

Meghan Markle

You are the cause of your own joy or your own misery. You hold that power. You are your own friend and your own enemy.

Swami Satchidananda

You don’t need another person, place, or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.

Maya Angelou

When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realize that the only approval and validation you need is your own.

Mandy Hale

You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be okay on your own before you can be okay with someone else.

Jennifer Lopez

Don’t wait on approval, validation, and likes from others — always give yourself the highest of approval ratings and work from there. Hold your head up and be fabulous no matter what!

Jody Watley

What you think of yourself is much more important than what people think of you.


Look at yourself in the mirror and don’t be afraid to notice how beautiful you are.

Yoko Ono

Love yourself so much that when someone treats you wrong, you recognize it.

Rena Rose

More “be your own best friend” quotes

Stop looking out, start looking in. Be your own best friend. Stand up and say, hey, this is mine!

Sammy Hagar

The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. It is in this relationship that you set the standard for all others.

Steve Maraboli

When we are kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.

Brené Brown

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health — food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself.

Charlie Chaplin

Once you embrace your values, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less if you.

Rob Liano

I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.

Emma Stone

Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

Louise Hay

Self-love means being there for yourself even when you fail, even when nobody else is there for you. It’s when you’re able to hug yourself, and pick yourself up and say “it’s okay, I’m human; this is part of my journey; I learned”.

Anita Moorjani

If you’re searching for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.


We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our worst enemies.

Roderick Thorp

“Learn to be happy alone” quotes

The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may sound paradoxical to you, but it’s not. (…) Only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person — without possessing the other (…).


You are perfect, whole, and complete. You needn’t add anything to yourself to experience true power.

Doreen Virtue

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing, and work hard. The right people — the ones who really belong in your life — will come to you. And stay.

Will Smith

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

As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves.

Laurie Helgoe

I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be?

Goldie Hawn

As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that.

Nic Sheff

Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.

Christopher Barzak

This life is mine alone. So I stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.

Glennon Doyle

Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing.


If you don’t love yourself, you’ll always be chasing after people who don’t love you either.

Mandy Hale

Short “be your own best friend” quotes

Your sense of self worth comes from you alone, never the opinion of others.

Robert Greene

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.

Robert Morley

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

Michel de Montaigne

Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.

Brené Brown

Sometimes in life you have to be your own best friend.

Taylor Swift

You are your own best friend. Never, ever put yourself down.

Paulo Coelho

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain

If it makes you happy, it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else.


Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Loving yourself isn’t vanity; it’s sanity.

Katrina Mayer