80 Self Preservation Quotes To Inspire Self Love

Looking for inspirational quotes about self preservation? We have rounded up the best collection of self preservation quotes, sayings, captions, messages, (with images and pictures) to motivate you to think and protect yourself.

Self preservation is the instinct to act in your own best interest to protect yourself and ensure your survival. There are times when you have to think about yourself first before others.

When you have to protect your own self first, so that you can perform better in life later. These motivational self preservation sayings will inspire you to take care of your inner self and take out some me time.

If you liked these inspirational quotes, then also read our post on self care quotes and encouraging self love quotes to take out time for yourself.

Self Preservation Quotes

  1. “You owe yourself the love that you freely give to others.”

  2. “Silence was the key to self-preservation.” — Laura Wiess

  3. “Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.” — Voltaire                                                                           

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    self preservation quotes

  4. “Self-preservation is the first law of nature.” — Samuel Butler

  5. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”

  6. “The strongest human instinct is self-preservation.” — Iris Watts

  7. “I’m still learning to the love parts of myself that no one claps for.”

  8. “Self-preservation is an enemy of love.” — Roxanna Aliba Kazibwe

  9. “There’s a fine line between self-preservation and mummification.”

  10. “Self-preservation is the first responsibility.” — Margaret Anderson

  11. “Self-Preservation: You are all you have. It is ok to put yourself first.”                                   

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    self preservation quotes images

  12. “I have an instinct for survival, for self-preservation.” — Julian Barnes

  13. “Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” — Audre Lorde                                     

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    self preservation quotes love

  14. “You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.”

  15. “Self-preservation is an important thing to me.” — Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

  16. “I do watch sports. How could I not? Just for self-preservation.” — Joe Buck

  17. “Self-preservation is the first principle of our nature.” — Alexander Hamilton

  18. “I have to take care of myself. It’s about self-preservation.” — Danielle de Niese

  19. “Politicians have an acutely honed instinct for self-preservation.” — Steve Schmidt

  20. “When there’s fear of trust, everyone’s worried about self-preservation.” — Aldrich

  21. “Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.” — Baruch Spinoza

  22. “A focus on self-preservation is a choice for self-destruction.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

  23. “You betray yourself by giving away your fire, in hopes of getting it back.” — Isabel Rocio

  24. “Avoiding certain people to protect your emotional health is not a weakness. It’s wisdom.”

  25. “I didn’t want to move on from you but it was vital for self-preservation.” — Robyn Patrick

  26. “Self-preservation isn’t worth it if you can’t live with the self you’re preserving.” — David Levithan

  27. “Power focuses on self-preservation; principle focuses on making ideas successful.” — Dan Webster

  28. “Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.” — Andrew Marvell

  29. “Self-discovery begins with self-love. You have to love yourself enough to find yourself.” — Nitin Namdeo

  30. “That level of responsibility drastically conflicts with my belief in self-preservation by inactivity.” — C.L. Allen

  31. “Losing weight for the sake of our health and for self-preservation is our first responsibility.” — Felicity Luckey

  32. “Strong people will automatically stop trying if they feel unwanted. They won’t fix it or beg. They will jut walk away.”

  33. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lorde

  34. “We as a country, our lust for entertainment has sort of superseded our sense of self-preservation.” — Sam Levinson

  35. “But the theory is also, once the shooting starts, negotiations stop. Then it’s self-preservation.” — Michael Chitwood

  36. “When you’ve spent your whole life listening to others, it takes courage to pay attention to the sound of your own voice.”

  37. “By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.” — Ali Washington

  38. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” — Mandy Hale

  39. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde

  40. “He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.” — Evelyn Waugh

Quotes About Self Preservation And Love


  1. “Self-preservation shouldn’t be the first instinct in politics. It should be doing the right thing for the country.” — Seth Moulton

  2. “As far as keeping my sanity, it’s something I’ve only recently tried to focus on as a means of self-preservation.” — Anthony Green

  3. “An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life.” — Jose Marti

  4. “When the collective mentality of any organization is self and self-preservation first, it’s a sure sign of pending doom.” — Chris Fussell

  5. “Writing, for me, was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life.” — Philip Roth

  6. “Self-preservation’s a man’s first duty. And natives don’t mind dying, you know. They don’t feel about it as Europeans do.” — Agatha Christie

  7. “His (the theologian) basic instinct of self preservation forbids him to respect reality at any point or even to let it get a word in.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “Careers, children and homemaking all come above preserving your appearance. Self-preservation is at the bottom of the scale.” — Trinny Woodall

  9. “As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.” — Diogenes

  10. “After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”

  11. “It’s easy to give up all of those things important for self-preservation. You need to keep your sleep, exercise and retain good eating habits.” — Susan Fletcher

  12. “Every time you make a commitment to your own self-care, self-love and self-respect and then follow through, you build trust in yourself.” — Miranda J. Barrett

  13. “People always choose self-preservation over the greater good, most of the time, with the belief that self-preservation is the greater good.” — Dana Loesch

  14. “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” — Joseph Campbell

  15. “Responsible global behavior is ultimately an act of self-preservation of, by, and for the global beast that modern technological humanity has become.” — David Grinspoon

  16. “Sometimes when things are way too big and I can’t control it, I do sort of a weird thing where I kind of check out a little bit. It’s all about self-preservation for me.” — Hoda Kotb

  17. “The right of nature… is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.” — Thomas Hobbes

  18. “Interviewing someone is a very proactive process and requires taking a lot of agency into your own hands to get past people’s general normal self-preservation mode.” — Brandon Stanton

  19. “My inner wolf seeks to destroy the one I love for reasons of self-preservation. For the only cure to free my soul is to be killed, in an act of true love, by the one who loves me most.” — Bree Despain

  20. “Your biggest power is your own forgiveness. Not for anyone else, but from you to yourself. It liberates you from guilt and shame and allows you to move on and grow, rather than staying the same.”

  21. “Doing things for yourself (self-preservation) are ok in in small doses and when necessary but over-burdening you life with your own self will weaken your heart, soul connectivity with others.” — Paul Isaacs

  22. “Of course I was wearing make-up, I never went anywhere without red lipstick for 25 years! It was a form of self-preservation for me to continue to wear lipstick even though my face was broken.” — Nan Goldin

  23. “Unlike earlier black-power movements that tried to fight or segregate for self-preservation, Black Lives Matter aligns with the dead, continues the mourning, and refuses the forgetting in front of all of us.” — Claudia Rankine

  24. “The first law of nature is self-preservation. Cut off that which may harm you. But if it is worth preserving, and is meaningful, nourish it and have no regrets. Ultimately, this is true living and love of self…from within.” — T.F. Hodge

  25. “I was scared before every battle. That old instinct of self-preservation is a pretty basic thing, but while the action was going on some part of my mind shut off and my training and discipline took over. I did what I had to do.” — Audie Murphy

  26. “Most English writers are not interested in change but in the social novel. That demands a static backdrop. I’m intensely interested in change – probably as a matter of self-preservation. What the hell is going to happen next?” — J. G. Ballard

  27. “She seemed almost to have a perverse impulse to make anyone who cared about her regret it, to find the thing that would most appall those people and then do that until they had to run away as a matter of self-preservation.” — Joe Hill

  28. “Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant.” — Ann Coulter

  29. “The instinct of self-preservation in human society, acting almost subconsciously, as do all drives in the human mind, is rebelling against the constantly refined methods of annihilation and against the destruction of humanity.” — Bertha von Suttner

  30. “How silly then to imagine that the human mind, which is formed of the same elements as divine beings, objects to movement and change of abode, while the divine nature finds delight and even self-preservation in continual and very rapid change.” — Seneca

  31. “At the start of my career – not just Me Too, which is not the totality of my career – I wish I would have known that you don’t have to sacrifice everything for a cause. And that self-care and self-preservation is also a tool that is necessary to do the work.” — Tarana Burke

  32. “Self-preservation is the key to life. Being able to acknowledge who you are who’s you are and to whom you belong will give you a small accuracy of self while on the other hand it enhances the knowledge and starts to instill true definition to ones character inside and out.”

  33. “The feudal concept of self-preservation is poisoned at the core by the virulent assumption of master and man, of potentate and slave, of external and internal suppression of the life urge of the only one – of its faith in human sacrifice as a means of salvation.” — Louis Sullivan

  34. “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” — Winston Churchill

  35. “This is not to say that one should not be angered at an injustice or speak out against whatever violates one’s security. That is the first law, the law of self-preservation. But we must consider the motives behind the selection of an enemy. Perhaps nothing more is threatened beyond the threat of not having an enemy.”

  36. “My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.” — Chesty Puller

  37. “For the several thousands of years before they became firefighters and physicians, women were sirens, enchantresses, snares. At times it seems as if female powerlessness is male self-preservation in disguise. And for millennia, this has made for a zero-sum game: A woman’s intelligence was a man’s deception.” — Stacy Schiff

  38. “A common excuse for self-preservation through disobedience is offense. There is a false sense of self-protection in harboring an offense. It keeps you from seeing your own character flaws because the blame is deferred to another. You never have to face your role, your immaturity, or your sin because you see only the faults of the offender.” — John Bevere

  39. “When a nation is on the downward path, when it feels its belief in its own future, its hope of freedom slipping from it, when it begins to see submission as a first necessity and the virtues of submission as measures of self-preservation, then it must overhaul its God.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

  40. “Because your self-preservation instinct keeps telling you, “Unless you have walls you are not safe,” unconsciously you keep building them. Later, you struggle with them. This is an endless cycle. But creation is not unwilling to open to you the doors to the beyond. It is not creation’s unwillingness that you are struggling with. You are struggling with the walls of resistance that you have built around yourself.” – Sadhguru

  41. “Any time you approach anything in fear and aggression or in self-preservation mode, you are going to scare people off. But if you go in love, with the idea of being the feet and hands of Christ, if you go with the idea of showing the love of Christ, then they become softened because love changes all.” — Ron Hall

  42. “In America, the political system just is paralyzed for whatever reason. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong, in that it’s just become this giant blob bureaucracy, the primary objective is self-preservation, and the definition of self-preservation is don’t do anything because then you continue to illustrate where you’re needed.” — Rush Limbaugh

  43. “I was young, and by instinct of self-preservation I had to collect my energy on something, if I were not to be whirled away with the dusk on the farm-roads, or the smoke on the plain. I begun in the evenings to write stories, fairy-tales, and romances, that would take my mind a long way off, to other countries and times.” — Isak Dinesen

  44. “Marriage is the most obvious public practice about which information is readily available. When combined with the traditional Jewish concern for continuity and self-preservation – itself only intensified by the memory of the Holocaust – marriage becomes the sine qua non of social membership in the modern Orthodox community.” — Noah Feldman

  45. “Maybe that’s why Claire had perfected the art of invisibility. It was a form of self-preservation. You couldn’t resent what you could not see. She was so quiet, but she noticed everything. Her eyes tracked the world like it was a book written in a language that she could not understand. There was nothing timorous about her, but you got the feeling that she always had one foot out the door. If the situation got too hard, or too intense, she would simply disappear.” — Karin Slaughter


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