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15 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Love Your Body

The next time you start to berate yourself for your looks, read these quotes and remember that you are more beautiful than you know.

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Show your body who is boss

"Don't let your mind bully your body." – June Tomaso Wood

This social worker and sex therapist believes women should focus on giving birth to their true selves. This ideology depends upon acceptance, and love, of your body—and getting your brain on board: Don't let your mind tell you your body isn't beautiful.

Check out all the health benefits of being kinder to yourself.

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Focus on what really matters

"Being a healthy woman isn't about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters—on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves." – Michelle Obama

Feeling content about yourself and your place in life has more value than a lower number on the scale.

Don't miss these quotes about happiness to lift you up. 

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Harness the power of reinventing yourself

"Sometimes it takes dealing with a disability—the trauma, the relearning, the months of rehabilitation therapy—to uncover our true abilities, and how we can put them to work for us in ways we may have never imagined." – Sen. Tammy Duckworth

This senator from Illinois lost both legs while fighting for our country. She is a living example of the power all women possess to transcend whatever may come, whether by accident or through aging.

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Nothing against models, but….

 

"I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing." – Mae West

As a screen siren too hot for the censors of 1930s Hollywood, Mae West was a mere five feet tall and all curves; she was too good at being bad.

Here are 25 of the most famous movie quotes of all time, including another one from Mae West.

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Embrace your natural size

"To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality." – Naomi Wolf

Some women are naturally thin, and then there's the rest of us. Wolf's book, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, examines the trap of physical perfection that even the smartest women can fall into. This is what a healthy diet looks like.

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Play your instrument for all its worth

"Your body is an instrument. Not an ornament." – Ariane Machin, PhD

This motivational psychologist believes women can be instruments of change and power. Use your physical self, in harmony with your soul, and brain, as a catalyst to achieve anything you wish.

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Be sure of yourself

"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself." - Simone de Beauvoir

Philosopher and mother of modern feminism, de Beauvoir helped pave the way for women to become more self-assured.

Learn about the 14 things confident people never do.

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Listen to the innate wisdom of your body

"No diet can substitute for the wisdom of your body." – Brooke Castillo

Castillo is the founder of the Life Coach School and wise about food plans. The research backs her up: Here's why diets don't work, according to doctors.

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You're perfect just as you are

"It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting right here, right now, with its aches and its pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive." – Pema Chodron

A treasured Buddhist teacher, nun, author, and mother, Chodron has helped millions focus on spirituality, inner peace, and other matters far more important than one's clothing size.

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Works for Muggles, too

"Beauty is the marks that life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live." – Emma Watson

Harry Potter's best friend is right once again: When you feel beautiful on the inside, you look beautiful on the outside.

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See the beauty in front of you

"Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup. It's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own." – Valerie Monroe

The beauty director for O, the Oprah Magazine would know: Monroe has interviewed practically every beauty expert on the planet.

Here's how you can boost your body image with just one 30 minute workout.

 

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Take it from everyone's favorite Bossypants

"Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes." – Tina Fey

The hilarious comic nails the impossibility of living up to society's standards in her autobiography, Bossypants.

Check out the nine reasons you should banish the term "bikini body" from your vocabulary.

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Write your own story

"I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story—I will." – Amy Schumer

Your opinion about yourself shapes everything. Don't let others tell you how to look—or how to feel about how you look.

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Into every life, a couple cookies must fall

"I'm not going to starve just to be thin. I want to enjoy life, and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable." – Kate Upton

Eating at least some of everything you want is OK and doesn't make your body less beautiful—Ms. Upton is evidence of that. Here are nine food innovations that make healthy eating easy.