I have always heard that you can't truly care about anyone else (including your coworkers and employees) until you have learned to love yourself. It's hard for someone who has never experienced love and nurturing to provide it to someone else because they have no idea what it feels like.

Here are 17 self-esteem and self-love quotes to help us all feel happier with ourselves and hopefully allow us to share that feeling with the other people in our lives -- at work, at home, and in our communities.

  1. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." -- Buddha

  2. "Self-care is never a selfish act--it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." -- Parker Palmer
  3. "Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?" -- Brigham Young       
  4. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." -- Lucille Ball
  5. "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. "If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." -- Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
  7. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. "A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life." -- Andrew Matthews
  9. "People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues." -- Elizabeth Gaskell
  10. "Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." -- M. Scott Peck   

  11. "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." -- Harvey Fierstein
  12. "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." -- Malcolm S. Forbes
  13. "Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." -- Louise L. Hay
  14. "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -- William James
  15. "You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company." -- Diane Von Furstenberg 
  16. "The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off." -- Robert Hand
  17. "One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered." -- Michael J. Fox