Selected Quotes about Self-Respect

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. -- William J. H. Boetcker

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -- e. e. cummings

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price. -- Joan Didion

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. -- Joan Didion

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. -- Frederick Douglass

No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it. -- Marian Wright Edelman

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned. -- Jane Haddam

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. -- Abraham J. Heschel

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own. -- Eric Hoffer

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing. -- Michel de Montaigne

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? -- Jane Nelson

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves. -- Bonaro W. Overstreet

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else. -- Cardinal De Retz

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -- Marianne Williamson

Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself. -- Virginia Woolf

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