85 I Deserve Better Quotes to Empower and Motivate You

I Deserve Better Quotes to Empower and Motivate You

Sometimes you’re dragged down by life.

In a workplace you dread going to, in a relationship or friendship that adds more negativity than positivity or simply through an unlucky situation.

In this post I’d like to help you to move out of that by sharing the top 85 I deserve better quotes.

Timeless wisdom to empower you, to make you feel better about yourself and to help you move out of a situation you are honestly not happy in.

I truly hope you’ll find some motivation here to make a change if you need that right now in your life.

And if you want more inspiration to start living your best life then check out this post with quotes on knowing your worth and value and this one filled with don’t settle quotes.

Inspirational I Deserve Better Quotes

“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”
Maureen Dowd

“Make the most of what you have and keep your standards high. Never settle for anything less than you deserve or are capable of achieving.”
Roy T. Bennett

“I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I’m never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could.”
Maya Angelou

“Don’t settle for less, know your value and always tell yourself you deserve better.”
Pertrice St Pierre

“Stop blaming everybody and everything for what’s going on. If you really believe that you deserve better, then you would have it.”
Bobby Williams

“Never settle for less than your dreams, somewhere, sometime, someday, somehow, you’ll find them.”
Danielle Steel

“Know who you are. Know what you want. Know what you deserve. And don’t settle for less.”
Tony Gaskins

“You don't deserve to understand truth, if all that you want is just the normal life.”
Toba Beta

“I want it to be better than okay. You deserve better than okay.”
Tammara Webber

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Nelson Mandela

“If it’s always just you that tries to fix things and no one else then it might be time to realize that you deserve better and move on.”
Unknown

“No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it.”
Richard Bach

You Deserve Better Quotes to Empower and Give Strength

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
Robert Tew

“Even if you have a million flaws you still deserve love and respect.”
Sonya Parker

“The moment you settle for less than you deserve is the moment you get less than you deserve.”
Nishan Panwar

“To be successful, forget what you feel and remember what you deserve. Your courage, dedication and hard work make you deserve to take you to a new high and reach your goal.”
DR Anil Kr Sinha

“We only get what we believe that we deserve. Raise the bar, raise your standards and you will receive a better outcome.”
Joel Brown

“Having to fight for the thing you want doesn't mean you deserve it any less.”
Anna Kendrick

“Stop waiting for what you know deep down you deserve in life. This is not a dress rehearsal and life is short so go after what you want and need out of yours.”
Unknown

“We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have.”
James R. Ball

“Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever.”
Unknown

“When you earn something, you never have to worry about justifying that you truly deserve it.”
Ronda Rousey

“Somewhere in this small world, you can find a place where everyone appreciates you more than you think you deserve.”
M.F. Moonzajer

“All things come to an end. But the better endings in life lead to something better, to something you deserve. So don’t be afraid of sometimes quitting and moving.”
Unknown

“I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve but when I’m done, I’m done.”
Turcois Ominek

“If you feel deserve to judge the arrogant, it's a sign that you're so far from humbleness.”
Toba Beta

“People often attain and hold power within an organization by downplaying their qualifications. We gain status more readily, and more reliably, by acting just a little less deserving than we actually are.”
Sam Walker

“If you really believe that you deserve better, work on you, not them.”
Bobby Williams

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I Deserve Better Quotes on Relationships and Love

“Don’t stay stuck on the people who’ve hurt you. Move on and let your future give you the better that you deserve.”
Trent Shelton

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
Oscar Wilde

“Relationships: If you put up with it, you’re going to end up with it.Set the standard you want and don’t settle for less.”
Steve Maraboli

“There are better people in the world, do not let the worst do the worst to you, you deserve the best in life.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“The people who have you apologizing for your love are the ones who don’t deserve it.”
Nitya Prakash

“We should not give away a moment to anyone who does not deserve it.”
Deb Caletti

“You deserve peace, love, happiness and all that your heart desires. Don’t let anyone control your life and take away those things.”
Sonya Parker

“Stop wasting your time with people that don’t put as much energy into a relationship as you do. You deserve better than a one-sided relationship.”
Unknown

“You were never meant to fight for the love you deserve. It should have come your way effortlessly.”
Samiha Totanji

“I will not try to convince you to love me, to respect me, to commit to me. I deserve better than that; i am better than that… goodbye.”
Steve Maraboli

“Don’t settle, even if you have to remain alone for a lifetime. You deserve someone who will appreciate you for both your beauty and your bruises.”
A.R. Lucas

“Every girl deserves someone that is honest and has her back even when times are indeed tough.”
Unknown

“You have to respect me to commit to me. That is one of the basic things I need I guess.
I think I deserve that. And I won’t settle for anything less.”
Unknown

“Do not be disappointed if no one appreciates your true feelings, because they do not deserve them.”
M.F. Moonzajer

“Don’t let people influence you by pretending to be an innocent victim and by playing hurt when you know that is not the case. Be smart about it and know you deserve better than such behavior no matter if it is from a friend or family member.”
Unknown

“I’m not single, I’m not taken, I’m simply on reserve for the one who deserves my heart.”
Mitch Cuento

“My heart finally told me enough is enough. And so I moved on, because I had finally realized that honestly, I deserve better.”
Unknown”

“Someday, I will let you go and it won't ache, someday I will realize, I deserve more.”
Nitya Prakash

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
Buddha

You Deserve Better Quotes on Not Settling For Less

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn

“Even if you have to walk fast for 30 mins, five days a week, by all means do so. Never make excuses to why you don’t have the time to work out. Your body deserves to enjoy the taste of a good health. Never settle for less.”
Edmond Mbiaka

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
Thomas Merton

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Steve Jobs

“Find your own happy street, don’t settle for someone else’s address.”
Christine Szymanski

“We all deserve love. We deserve better. True love that flows both ways. You are not an exception to that.”
Unknown

“Tearing up between what you deserve and what you settle for is a perpetual cause of unsettling pain.”
Nitya Prakash

“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.”
Angela Bassett

“It is sometimes tempting to settle for less than you deserve. But that choice can slowly eat away at you.”
Unknown

“One key to success is demanding more than adequacy, never settling for good enough and always doing a little bit more.”
Michael Josephson

“Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self respect.”
Chanakya

“To my fellow women: “Please don’t settle. Not in a job you hate, not in a town where you don’t feel at home, not with friendships that aren’t real and especially, especially not with love.”
Marisa Donnelly

“Every dream is worth following in life. Never settle for the minimum when you can have so much more.”
Taneisha LaGrant

“You deserve respect. You deserve to be able to be unapologetically you. That’s a part of the happy and fulfilling human experience. So don’t deny yourself that.”
Unknown

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.”’
Ashton Kutcher

“Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.”
Mandy Hale

I Deserve Better Quotes About Equality and Rising Up

“Never settle for less than you desire or deserve because when you accept crumbs people will assume that you are happy with scraps.”
Stacye Branche

“Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they are born.”
Melinda Gates

“If you are a woman, reading my tale, learn to fight for your rights and the respect you deserve as a human being. But, if you are a man, reading my tale, learn to respect women and, likewise, advocate for them.”
Yanan Melo

“Whether it’s salary or a promotion or a job, I think it’s important for women to ask for what they think they deserve.”
Susan Wojcicki

“Do not expect to get your rights in the corrupted country as you deserve.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

“All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.”
Andreja Pejic

“All first responders do noble work, and all of them deserve our respect and our appreciation.”
William Barr

“Justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some see an innocent victim. Others will see evil incarnate getting exactly what's deserved.”
Emily Thorne

“The power lunch is no longer just for men. We all deserve a seat at the table.”
Whitney Wolfe Herd

Short You Deserve Better Quotes

“Having patience always gives you what you deserve.”
Fatma Alfalasi

“Deserve your dream.”
Octavio Paz

“You have value and you deserve better.”
Ken Poirot

“True, I am in love with suffering, but I do not know if I deserve the honor.”
Saint Ignatius

“Yes, I deserve a spring – I owe nobody nothing.”
Virginia Woolf

“Everyone deserves to have their basic emotional needs met in life.”
Unknown

“People don’t always get what they deserve in this world.”
Lemony Snicket

“If your inner voice says that you deserve more again and again, then listen to it.”
Unknown

“What a person desires and what they deserve are often not identical.”
C.A.A. Savastano

“Remember, this is your life to live. You deserve better than the bare minimum.”
Unknown

“You deserve love and you’ll get it.”
Amy Poehler

“Some people don’t deserve even your thinking for a moment.”
Arbab J. Edhi

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
Marilyn Monroe

If you found these I deserve better quotes helpful, be sure to share them with someone close to you on social media or via email.

Want even more inspiration and advice on self respect? Check out this post with you are enough quotes and this one that's all about loving yourself.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehack, The Huffington Post and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • Hello Hendrik
    I really like the motivation and quotes you say here, thanks.

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