Love the Skin You’re In Quotations

The Quippery

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.
– Ann Landers (1918-2002) –

Beauty comes in all sizes, not just size 5.
– Roseanne Barr –

Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery.
– G. B. Trudeau –

Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can’t put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you’re doing it from a position of correction.
– Kevyn Aucoin –

But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. 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, Bossypants –

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.
– Jean Paul Richter –

Hair color changes your looks, not your life.
– Dee Ann Stewart –

How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body 2. Go to the beach.
– Author Unknown –

I’d rather be thought of as smart, capable, strong, and compassionate than beautiful. Those things all persist long after beauty fades.
– Cassandra Duffy –

I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do, I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.
– Elizabeth Gilbert –

I’m not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blonde.
– Dolly Parton –

Is “fat” really the worst thing a human being can be? Is “fat” worse than “vindictive”, “jealous”, “shallow”, “vain”, “boring” or “cruel”? Not to me.
I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.
– J.K. Rowling –

Knowing the shape of your face is not the key to happiness.
– Dee Ann Stewart –

Living Large Cocktail: ¼ Dreams, ¼ Goals, ¼ Action, ¼ Courage
– Kerstin Wyman, EzineArticles –

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being ‘normal’ is not necessarily a virtue? It sometimes rather denotes a lack of courage.
– Aunt Frances, Wild Woman Sisterhood –

My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other. To stop shaming ourselves and other people for things we don’t know the full story on—whether someone is too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too loud, too quiet, too anything. There’s a sense that we’re all ‘too’ something, and we’re all not enough.
– Emma Stone –

People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.
– Dolly Parton –

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
– John Ruskin –

Ring the bells that still can ring,
forget your perfect offering,
there’s a crack in everything,
that’s how the light gets in.
– Leonard Cohen –

Screw Beautiful. Women are smart, talented, thoughtful, generous, strong, understanding, creative, fun, courageous, curious… or any of the other descriptions people use to compliment men.
– Margy –

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
– –

Step Away from the Mean Girls… …and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.
– Author Unknown –

The chances of meeting someone with Barbie’s human-scale measurements (36-18-33) is 1 in 100,000. The chances of meeting someone with Ken’s is 1 in 50.
– Author Unknown –

The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are, and what you are- bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling- when you don’t feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything. To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.
– Charles Handy –

There is nothing wrong with your body, but there is a lot wrong with the messages that try to convince you otherwise.
– Rae Smith –

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.
– Oprah Winfrey –

We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.
– Olin Miller –

Women’s liberation will not be achieved until a woman can become paunchy and bald and still think she’s attractive to the opposite sex.
– Earl Wilson –

17 thoughts on “Love the Skin You’re In Quotations

  1. My mother once said to me (when, as a teenager, I was whining about something or other related to my looks), “After you’re dead, do you want people to remember you for how you looked, or for how smart you were?”


    1. Yes, that quote is mine (though I used a lot of words and thoughts that others have expressed…)
      I was thinking about all the comments I would see on Facebook. A woman would post a picture of herself or her daughter doing something, and invariably someone would comment – “You (or your daughter) look beautiful!” Or a woman would post a photo of her daughter and say “This is our beautiful daughter at …”.
      Though they are well meaning sentiments, they perpetrate the beauty stereotype and they don’t celebrate all the other things that women are.


  2. It is strange how much energy we expend wondering what others think of us. Now I wonder why it takes so many years not to even consider it. Aaaaah…..time.


  3. Amen to all of it – but it’s a shame how much harder it is to internalize it all.
    Nice to see a little Leonard Cohen “there’s a crack in everything,
    that’s how the light gets in” … one of my favourites 🙂


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