Quotes About Self Respect

Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Self Respect

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I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

~ Rita Mae Brown


If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

~Maya Angelou

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


I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.

~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

~ Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays


A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else.

~Cardinal De Retz


What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

~ Confucius, Sayings of Confucius


In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.

~Robert Byrne


Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.

~ Aberjhani


Self-respect knows no considerations.

~Mahatma Gandhi


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

~ Gautama Buddha


Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected – that is essential.

~Anna Gould


I love the recklessness of faith.  First you leap, and then you grow wings.

If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Insulted and Humiliated


You punch me, I punch back.  I do not believe it’s good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.

~Edward Koch


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

~ Mahatma Gandhi


You do not need to be the designated driver of someone’s intoxicated ego.



I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.

~ Theodore Roosevelt


One is loved because one is loved.  No reason is needed for loving.

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.

~Joe Clark


I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.

~ Mahatma Gandhi, Fools, Martyrs, Traitors: The Story of Martyrdom in the Western World


Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

~ Joan Didion, On Self-Respect


Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.

~ Abraham Joshua Heschel


Don't gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold.

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.

~John Herschel


Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

~ Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War


Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.

~Theodore Parker


Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect

~ George Sand, Indiana


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

~Mahatma Gandhi


Who are you to judge the life I live?  I know I'm not perfect, and I don't live to be, but before you start pointing fingers... make sure your hands are clean!

I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect.

~ Amit Kalantri


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


Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.

~ Gordon B. Hinckley


A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself.

~Axel Munthe


There is only one real misfortune: to forfeit one’s own good opinion of oneself. Lose your complacency, once betray your own self-contempt and the world will unhesitatingly endorse it.

~ Thomas Mann


Walk tall, or baby don’t walk at all.

~ Bruce Springsteen


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 Douglassa


 My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.

Self-respect–the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

~ H.L. Mencken


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

~Jane Haddam


A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack

~Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


You’d be surprised how easy some things can be, things you never thought you’d do, when you take self-respect out of the equation.

~ Sarah Addison Allen


I guessed life was like that. You gained and you lost, and if you saved anything from the ruins, even if only a shred of self-respect, it was enough to take you through the next bit.

~ Dick Francis, Whip Hand