Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself.

Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who also dabbled in theology and poetry, which gave his philosophical writing an even more humanistic edge: Rather than focusing on theory, Kierkegaard wrote mainly about the lived reality of humans. This line comes from a book of Kierkegaard’s letters to family and friends, in which he shares his ideas and insights. Kierkegaard wrote these words of encouragement to one of his friends who had a physical disability; he urged his friend to remember that although he may feel different from others, he should never let that dampen his sense of worth and self-love.