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50 Inspirational Quotes About Not Seeking Approval and Validation



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From a young age, we seek approval from those important in our lives, and whose love and support we desire. A kind word of encouragement, or a sign of disapproval, can have a profound impact on us at this time.

In healthy and well-developed individuals, they have come to realize that ultimately what matters is that they approve of their choices. Most of us have work to be done to get to that point, and to stop seeking the approval of others.

Towards that goal, here are some wise approval quotes, and what it means to seek validation.


Motivational Approval Quotes

“An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation: You find it. People are naturally drawn like magnets to those who know who they are and cannot be shaken!”- MANDY HALE, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


1.) “Don’t seek approval. This may be the toughest suggestion for you to follow — and the most important. Whether you’re a teenager seeking approval from your peers, a middle-aged parent seeking the approval of your kids, or a man or woman seeking the approval of a partner, it all amounts to the same thing. You’re giving your personal power away every time you seek validation from someone else for who you are.” – TRISH MACGREGOR, Soulmate Astrology


2.) “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”- CONFUCIUS, Wisdom of Confucius


3.) “Approval is a lover who will always break your heart.”- SAMMY RHODES, This Is Awkward

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4.) “Eventually you just have to realize that you’re living for an audience of one. I’m not here for anyone else’s approval.” – PAMELA ANDERSON, Esquire, Jan. 2005


5.) “If you are an approval addict, your behavior is as easy to control as that of any other junkie. All a manipulator need do is a simple two-step process: Give you what you crave, and then threaten to take it away. Every drug dealer in the world plays this game.”- HARRIET B. BRAIKER, Who’s Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life


6.) “Man’s desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy (conscience) within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.”- W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Moon and Sixpence


7.) “He who seeks only for applause from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.”- OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man


8.) “Do right, and public approval will follow; either the next hour or the next century.”- J. C. LETTSOM, attributed, Day’s Collection


9.) “The people who receive the most approval in life are the ones who care the least about it–so technically, if you want the approval of others, you need to stop caring about it.”- WAYNE W. DYER, Your Ultimate Calling


10.) “A motto of the human race: Let me do as I like, and give me approval as well.”- IDRIES SHAH, Reflections


11.) “I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”- JOHANNES KEPLER, attributed, The Radical Humanist, 1969


12.) “The named it Ovation from the Latin ovis, a sheep.”- PLUTARCH, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations


13.) “Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.”- OLIVER CROMWELL, attributed, The New Speaker’s Treasury of Wit and Wisdom


14.) “The conformist is filled with the need for approval. He can never get enough. He runs from one person to another seeking compliments and endorsements for his behavior and actions. As a child, he turned to parents and teachers; when he started to work, to his boss and fellow workers; in marriage, he turned to his mate. He must always have someone around to pat him on the head and tell him he is doing a good job. This bolsters up his poor self-esteem.”- ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence


15.) “We’re high on the adrenaline of feeling, even though we know it’s fleeting and evanescence. And we’re getting worse — checking texts and emails and Facebook every five minutes, always searching for that next hit of feeling, that next morsel of approval.”- DEBORAH MEYLER, The Bookstore


16.) “Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people.”- MARK TWAIN, Corn-Pone Opinions


17.) “Not all approval is good news and not all disapproval is bad news. Imagine that you meet somebody and you think that he likes you. You wonder why. Then it dawns on you that he is a taker and that he probably likes you because he sees that he can take advantage of you. You realize that he approves of you for a rather unflattering reason. When you think through the meaning of this approval, it feels more like a criticism than a compliment.

18.) Well, what if we turn this scenario around: you meet somebody and you think he doesn’t like you. You wonder why. Then it dawns on you: this person is threatened by your intelligence. You realize that his dislike of you is actually an indirect compliment. This disapproval confirms to you something that you do value about yourself.

19.) My point? Evaluating yourself solely on the basis of others’ approval or disapproval can be misleading. The mere fact of others’ approval or disapproval of you is meaningless unless you understand and agree with the reasons behind others’ evaluations of you.”- PAVEL SOMOV, Present Perfect

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20.) “Once we realize that the wish for love and approval is a universal motivator, we can begin to dance with the flow of love by helping others to meet that need through their connections with us. And as we help others to meet those needs by being with us, the positive flow of giving Love comes back to us.”- PERRY WOOD, Secrets of the People Whisperer


21.) “Acceptance is approval, a word with a bad name in some psychologies. Yet it is perfectly normal to seek approval in childhood and throughout life. We require approval from those we respect. The kinship it creates lifts us to their level, a process referred to in self-psychology as transmuting internalization.

Approval is a necessary component of self-esteem. It becomes a problem only when we give up our true self to find it. Then approval-seeking works against us.”- DAVID RICHO, How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving



Unknown Quotes on Seeking Approval from Others

“Seeking approval of others is typically a good indication that we’ve been shortchanging our potential for greatness.”   


22) “Why, as women, are we constantly seeking approval of others for everything we say and do?”


23.) “Seeking approval of others is not living.”

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24.) “Some of y’all only act and aspire to do things because you’re seeking approval of others. That’s what makes you and I different.”


25.) “Seeking approval of others and listening to the opinions that don’t resonate with you is detrimental to your happiness.”


26.) “The older you get, the more you realize that seeking approval of others is a total waste of time. Being at peace with God is the key!”


27.) “Seeking approval of others is away to avoid how deeply we disapprove of ourselves.”


28.) “Courage requires that you follow your heart, do what is right and not be distracted by seeking approval of others.”


29.) “Funny how my world improved immediately when I stopped seeking approval of others and began approving of myself.


30.) “Fill all the emptiness in your day with God instead of seeking approval of others. Then receiving love from others becomes the overflow.

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31.) “Stop bartering away your body, heart, energy and time, seeking approval of others.


“Seeking approval of others…Have you no mind of your own?!”



More Approval Quotes and Sayings

“How much does it cost,

To win your approval?

Will it be money well spent?”

CLARA MARIE MITCHELL, ‘Friendship’, Poems of Reflection: Faith, Life, and Travel


32.) “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, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


33.) “Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts — only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people tend to be satisfied by what you do.”- RAQUEL WELCH, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing


34.) “We are forever looking outside ourselves, seeking approval and striving to impress others. But living to please others is a poor substitute for self-love, for no matter how family and friends may adore us, they can never satisfy our visceral need to love and honor ourselves.”- SUSAN L. TAYLOR, Lessons in Living


35.) “Somewhere in the middle of being driven by “what other people think”, the tension between the desire for approval and the fear of disapproval, are we missing what we really want?”- RACHNA SINGH, Love Yourself First, Deccan Herald, February 21, 2016


36.) “He’s not a ‘pat on the back’ type of guy and I am driven by the need for approval. He’s a stingy dealer, and I’m a needy addict.”- KERRI K. MORRIS, ‘Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015’, Chicago Now, January 1, 2016

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37.) “The truth is, many of us are looking for the approval of those closest to us on some level or another. And often this is disguised by the desire to have someone understand what we are talking about or going through, anything important to us about ourselves. I always thought I just wanted them to ‘get it.’ In reality, I wanted them to get it so that they would be okay with me.”- JADE MAZARIN, ‘Seeking to be Understood: The Need for Approval’, Psych Central, December 19, 2011


38.) “The fallacy of approval is irrational because it implies that others will respect and like you more if you go out of your way to please them. Often this simply isn’t true. Would you respect people who have compromised important values just to gain acceptance? Are you likely to think highly of people who repeatedly deny their own needs as a means of buying approval?”- RONALD B. ADLER and RUSSELL F. PROCTOR II, Looking Out, Looking In


39.) “Excessive need for approval is typically the result of an overly negative self-image.”- CAROLYN GREGOIRE, ‘This Is The Only Personality Type That Enjoys Being With Narcissists’, Huffington Post, March 14, 2016


40.) “Our need for social approval sticks more terribly and irreversibly to us than does a on a damaged Teflon-coated pan.”- RACHNA SINGH, ‘Love Yourself First’, Deccan Herald, February 21, 2016


41.) “In terms of approval, the Internet is a seductive place. Part of this is because the Internet makes approval feel more tangible. No one in real life can like or star or retweet something you say. The best they can do is laugh a little harder, smile a little bigger.

Not so with the Internet. The approval you feel is instantly measured by how much a post is shared, liked, “favorited,” or reposted. The danger of posting something online for me lies in the way I track its reception like a new iPhone about to be delivered to my doorstep: obsessively and compulsively. I want to feel the rush of approval.”- SAMMY RHODES, This Is Awkward


42.) “Most children were taught from a young age to seek approval from their parents for the things they said or did. Since the need for approval, love and acceptance from our parents is strong, we become conditioned over time to seek approval from others as well. Whenever we don’t receive approval from someone who is not our parent, there is an automatic trigger and desire to win it back.”- LAUREN SUVAL, ‘What Drives Our Need For Approval?’, Psych Central, September 20, 2012


43.) “Letting the need for approval determine your life has hugely stressful ramifications — look at the rate of celebrity-suicide. Did you know that there is a website called Kevo that tracks the approval rating of celebrities? Imagine the stress of perpetually living in fear that the ratings will go down!”- RACHNA SINGH, ‘Love Yourself First’, Deccan Herald, February 21, 2016


44.) “Humans share an innate drive to connect with others. We’re evolutionarily wired to crave inclusion. Eons ago, this was linked with our survival; in prehistoric times, rejection triggered fear. If someone became isolated or was ousted from the group, his or her life would be at risk.

Because the consequences of being rejected were so extreme, our brains and behavior adapted to avoid disapproval from others. In fact, research has shown that social rejection activates many of the same brain regions involved in physical pain, which helps explains why disapproval stings.”- MELODY WILDING, ‘4 Steps to Stop Seeking Approval from Others’, Psych Central, October 3, 2015


45.) “The affects were subtle at first, a warm feeling when someone liked or shared a column I wrote or commented on a status. The support from friends near and far when we are dealing with a crisis is also a positive way I have experienced affirmation and approval on social media.

But gradually, I discovered this need for approval that I just didn’t ‘like’ about myself. I started to recognize a nudging inside me. It’s kind of like the way my dogs tap my hand, with their wet noses, when they want food or attention. This nudging was coming from a need for approval of my work and a validation of my opinions.”- EILEEN BENTHAL, ‘The Human Craving for Approval, Played Out In Social Media’, Riverhead Local, November 16, 2014


46.) “Tacit approval is real approval; hypothetical approval is not.”- LEIF WENAR, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World


47.) “Trying to get other people’s approval is not going to boost up one’s self worth. One thing is that you will never get the approval from everyone. While you may get approval from some, others will be turned away. Most of the time trying too hard to get approval from others backfires.”- ED RUSSO, The Pleiadian Papers


48.) “The fallacy of approval is based on the idea that it’s not just desirable but vital to get the approval of virtually every person. People who accept this idea seek approval from others, even when they have to sacrifice their own principles and happiness to do so.”- RONALD B. ADLER and RUSSELL F. PROCTOR II, Looking Out, Looking In

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49.) “Both money and approval are general means of exchange in social interaction, one in economic exchange and the other in social exchange.”- PETER A. BARONE, ‘Plausible Solutions to School Violence and Disturbance in America’, Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education


50.) “If we’re in constant need for approval from other people, it could be a sign that the approval we receive internally simply isn’t enough.”- ERICA FLORENTINE, ‘8 Weird Signs of Low Self-Esteem & How To Change It’, Bustle, December 30, 2015


Did these validation and approval quotes help you decide if you need it?

Seeking approval is something that does NOT change throughout our lives. We still want people to be proud and supportive of us. We want the pat on the back of a job well done.

However, as we become adults, there is a difference between needing approval for all we do, wanting approval, and knowing that the most important approval has now become the appreciation we give ourselves.

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30 Inspirational Best Friend Quotes To Show How Much You Care



Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

While we have a lot of people in our lives, including our spouses, family members, and children among others, there is nothing quite as unique as the relationship we have with our best friend. There is an unspoken bond with the person who knows us better than anyone in the world.

The one you call on the phone at 3AM during a crisis; someone who knows what we are thinking before we say it; the only person who really, truly, ‘gets’ us. Best friends hold a special place in our hearts. Thus, they should be celebrated.

So with that in mind, here is a list of wonderful best friend quotes that does just that.


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes and Sayings

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis


“A true friend is someone who is there for you when they would rather be someplace else.” – Len Wein

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“A true friend sees the good in everything, and brings out the best in the worst of things.” – Sasha Azevedo


“Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.” – Anon

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare


“Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” – Author Unknown

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson


“Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.” – Anon

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes


“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller


“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” – Robert Brault


Famous Best Friend Quotes To Warm Your Heart

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Everyone has a ‘best friend’ during each stage of life, but only a precious few have the same one.” – Anonymous


True love is finding your soul mate in your best friend.” – Faye Hall


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.” – Author Unknown


“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.” – Anonymous


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.” – Kristin Hannah


“The road to a friend’s house is never long.” – Danish Proverb


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” – Anonymous


“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.” – Ed Cunningham


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” – Elie Wiesel


“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry, ‘Heart of the West’


More Heartwarming Best Friend Quotes

Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“A friend is someone who knows all about you, and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard


“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.” – Charles Kingsley


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford


“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” – Barbara Kingsolver


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.” – Unknown


“A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail. A best friend is the one sitting next to you saying ‘boy was that fun.’” – Kate Angell


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts


“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” – Henry David Thoreau


Inspirational Best Friend Quotes

“Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.” – Jennie Jerome Churchill


“Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” – It’s a Wonderful Life


To whom will you share these best friend quotes with?

I hope these best friend quotes warmed your heart and reminded you of your own best friend. If they did, please share this with those friends you hold dearest to you. Let them know you were thinking of them.

A best friend is a special gift. If we are lucky enough to have just one person like that in our life, we are wealthy beyond words.


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30 Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness To Guide You Through Life



Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness

No matter what your personal belief, no one seems to touch a chord so consistently with people as much as Buddha. There is something about the messages, the tone, and the inspiration of Buddha’s words, which rings true with people.

Everyone seems to have their favorite quotes – and there are so many I could not possibly list them all here. They have a tone that is encouraging in nature. That is what I want to gather here, in hopes that you have a list at your disposal to motivate you when the need arises.

So, please enjoy some of my favorite inspirational Buddha quotes below:


The Best Buddha Quotes On Being Present

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha


“I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha


“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha


“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha


“When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” – Buddha


Buddha Quotes On Happiness and Health

Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha


“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha


“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” – Buddha


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha


Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha


More Inspirational Buddha Quotes about Life

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” – Buddha


“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Hate is never conquered by hate; hate is only conquered by love.” – Buddha


Nothing is permanent.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – Buddha


“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha


“A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha

Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Karma and Happiness


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha


Which of these Buddha quotes struck you the most, and why?

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading some of the common, but also lesser known Buddha quotes. Hang them on your mirror, keep them on your fridge, hide them in your desk drawer, or keep them in your planner. Anywhere they might come in handy.

There is just something about Buddha that has a way of saying something in a way that resonates. I hope that something here did that for you.

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