Looking for some inspired advice about love and relationships? We’ve got your back! Here are some of the greatest quotes on the subject to expand your heart and mind. Spoiler: self-love comes first.

1. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – Morrie Shwartz

2. “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

3. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

4. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

5. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” – Maxwell Maltz

6. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” – Mark Twain

7. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

8. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” – Oscar Wilde

9. “We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.” – Joyce Meyer

10. “Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

11. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

12. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

13. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis

14. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

15. “To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.” – Mickey Mouse

16. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

17. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” – Ellen DeGeneres

18. “Before you find your soul mate, you must first discover your soul.” – Charles F. Glassman

19. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

21. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh