23 Favourite Quotes from Louise Hay: Wise, Uplifting and Inspiring!

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On Wednesday 30 August 2017, at the age of 90, Louise Hay - the powerhouse behind Hay House publishing, Hay House Radio and author of many books including the seminal "You Can Heal Your Life" passed on. Known for her positive affirmations and "power thoughts", Louise is an inspiration for many of us in the personal development world. In this article I share 23 of my favourite Louise Hay quotes.

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As with so many people who go on to make a big impression in the world, Louise had a challenging childhood. Born Helen Vera Lunney in 1926 in Los Angeles, Louise was raised by her mom and violent and abusive step-father in poverty in Los Angeles. Needless to say she learned how NOT to love herself early on.

Louise experienced many traumatic events including being raped as a child, dropping out of high school, having a child just before 16 and giving her up newborn baby for adoption. Moving first to Chicago and working low-paying jobs, she eventually moved to New York and became a successful fashion model working for big names.

Then she married an English businessman who left her after 14 years of marriage for another woman, which Louise said was devastating. Shortly after her marriage fell apart, she discovered the power of positive thinking through a local church, and everything changed from there.

Louise worked with people with an HIV/Aids diagnosis during the aids crisis in the 1980s to help them look in the mirror and love themselves - no matter what. She began using positive affirmations and led workshops, learned transcendental meditation, survived "incurable" cervical cancer through a regimen of extreme self-care.

Her work with people with aids led to her appearing on Oprah and other TV shows. Shortly after those appearances her book, You Can Heal Your Life made it onto the New York Times best-seller lists—and is still considered a self-help classic (having sold over 50 million copies in 30 languages). You Can Heal Your Life has also been made into an inspirational movie, which can be purchased here through Hay House.

For me, Louise was a compassionate warrior—embodying Fierce Kindness—something the world needs desperately right now. She vigorously participated in life, espousing the importance of self-love—and showed us that we can continue to contribute and make a difference, no matter our age or background.

Here are 23 of my all-time favourite Louise Hay Quotes

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  1.  "If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you."
  2. "The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives."
  3. "I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves."
  4. "Every thought we think is creating our future."
  5. "Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives."
  6. "I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing."
  7. "You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we're not. We always have the power of our minds… Claim and consciously use your power."
  8. "Love who and what you are and what you do. Laugh at yourself and at life, and nothing can touch you. It's all temporary anyway. Next lifetime you will do it differently anyway, so why not do it differently right now?"
  9. "In the infinity of life where I am,
    All is perfect, whole and complete,
    I no longer choose to believe in old limitations and lack, I now choose to begin to see myself
    As the Universe sees me --- perfect, whole, and complete."
  10. "Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of love."
  11. "Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens."
  12. "Your unique creative talents and abilities are flowing through you and are being expressed in deeply satisfying ways. Your creativity is always in demand."
  13. "When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives."
  14. "Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in."
  15. "Remember, in the vast infinity of life, all is perfect, whole, and complete... and so are you."
  16. "We learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experiences to match our beliefs. Look back in your own life and notice how often you have gone through the same experience."
  17. "If your mother did not know how to love herself, or your father did not know how to love himself, then it would be impossible for them to teach you to love yourself."
  18. "If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed."
  19. "It seems to me that everyone on this planet whom I know or have worked with is suffering from self-hatred and guilt to one degree or another. The more self-hatred and guilt we have, the less our lives work. The less self-hatred and guilt we have, the better our lives work, on all levels."
  20. "The past has no power over us. It doesn’t matter how long we have had a negative pattern. The point of power is in the present moment. What a wonderful thing to realize! We can begin to be free in this moment!"
  21. "If I want to be accepted as I am, then I need to be willing to accept others as they are."
  22. "When there is a problem, there is not something to do, there is something to know."
  23. "Every Experience is a Success."

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  1. A.Natarajan

    Beautiful book. You can heal your life. Excellent narration. Every one of us should read and get the benefits of her teaching. You are part of this universe. All are perfect, whole and complete.
    The will power to stay alive even with problems.
    Really Great lady.

    • mturcott

      Thank you for commenting! We're so glad you're as inspired by Louise Hay as we are!
      Warmly, Mary

  2. Bettina

    "You can heal your life" was the first Louise Hay book I read, immediately upon diagnosis of an autoimmune condition I've struggled with for 34 years. After reading this, I realized that I needed to apply Louise Hay's wisdom and be brave enough to live my life. As she says, fix your thinking. Love yourself. I'm still standing!

    • Sunitha.M.S

      Thank you Bettina. I'm also going through the same condition now. i got a hope from your message. Thank you Louise Hay!

  3. JailAid

    I love the title. Many people nowadays find it hard to find inspiration due to problems they burden in life. All people should read this content to boost inspiration and motivation in life. Thank you for posting!

  4. Ellie

    "Your secirity is your a ability to connect with the cosmic power that creates all things." - Louise Hay


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