Inspirational Recovery Quotes: Self-Respect

Every time you suppress some part
of yourself or allow others
to play you small, you are
in essence ignoring
the owner's manual
your creator gave you
and destroying your design.
Oprah Winfrey

Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
Friedrich von Schiller

Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
Brian Tracy

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Frederick Douglass

Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Golda Meir

The conquering of adversity produces strength of character, forges self-confidence, engenders self-respect, and assures success in righteous endeavor.
Richard G. Scott

Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.

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 will give thanks to thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.
Psalms 139:14 Bible

The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image.
Brian Tracy

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
Joan Didion

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Mahatma Gandhi

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
Joe Clark

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Baltasar Gracian

To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem.
Nathaniel Branden

I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others.
Marcus Aurelius 

A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles its worth is $3500, made into balance springs for watches, its worth is $300, 000. Your own value is determined also by what you are able to make of yourself.

No one can disgrace us but ourselves.
Henry Wheeler Shaw

The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.
Ben Sweet

Self-empowerment - that's learning to respect other people's music, but dance to your own tune as you master harmony within yourself.
Doc Childre

Not respecting yourself is the same as committing suicide at a slow rate.

The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.
Thomas Huxley

I am as my creator made me and since He is satisfied, so am I.
Minnie Smith

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change . . . . A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.
Joyce Brothers

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
Andre Gide

A person's worth is contingent upon who he is, not upon what he does, or how much he has. The worth of a person, or a thing, or an idea, is in being, not in doing, not in having.
Alice Mary Hilton

You start to look at it with a deeper respect and I think that deeper respect for what you do builds more self-respect.
Jimmy Chamberlin

Our value is the sum of our values.
Joe Batten

Blessed are they who heal us of self-despising. Of all services which can be done to man, I know of none more precious.
William Hale White

My work will be finished if I succeed in carrying conviction to the human family that every man or woman, however weak in body, is the guardian of his or her self-respect and liberty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
John Herschel

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Johann von Goethe

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

Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy.
Wayne Dyer

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to one’s self.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect, you have enough.
Gail Sheehy

Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
John Locke

Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
Theodore Parker

Whatever good things we build end up building us.
Jim Rohn

Respect your efforts. Respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
Clint Eastwood

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Women who set a low value on themselves make life hard for all women.
Nellie McClung

Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it.
Alfred Whitney Griswold

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.
Dale Turner

You must be true to yourself. Strong enough to be true to yourself. Brave enough to be strong enough to be true to yourself. Wise enough to be brave enough to be strong enough to shape yourself from what you actually are.
Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Yet from this lesson thou will learn to avoid the frog's foolish ambition of swelling to rival the bigness of the ox.
Miguel de Cervantes

The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
George Bernard Shaw

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

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
June Jordan

To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth, which constitutes self-respect, is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.
Joan Didion

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.
Thomas S. Monson

I have no right; by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Without self-respect there can be no genuine success. Success won at the cost of self-respect is not success for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own self-respect.
B. C. Forbes

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
Maxwell Maltz

Let the river flow and you will be liberated. Let yourself go with current and you will find yourself. Let the wind so blow and you will be able to break yourself free very much like a ripened fruit of self-respect that sheds itself away from the tree of dependence. Let yourself be blown away humbling as a fallen petal and you will find yourself above the lowly dust of ground, to finally discover the truth of your existence for yourself.
Saba Hasan

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a king.
Orison Swett Marden

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