quotations about self-esteem

Self-esteem quote

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

CARL JUNG, attributed, The Little Zen Companion


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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.

SAM WALTON, attributed, The 101 Greatest Business Principles of All Time


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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, attributed, Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, Humanitarian, and World Citizen


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Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.

LOUISE HART, The Winning Family


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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, Address at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 9, 1957


You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, attributed, 1001 Pearls of Wisdom to Build Confidence: Advice and Guidance to Inspire


The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.

AYN RAND, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism


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

MAXWELL MALTZ, attributed, 1001 Pearls of Wisdom to Build Confidence: Advice and Guidance to Inspire


I'm better than dirt. Well, most kinds of dirt, not that fancy store-bought dirt ... I can't compete with that stuff.

MOE SZYSLAK, "Team Homer", The Simpsons


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The simple fact is, given the same IQ and same opportunities, the person with high self-esteem enjoys more success than the person with low self-esteem. High self-esteem makes people keep trying. Low self-esteem causes people to not even try. After all, they aren't good enough.

JOHN R. CHILDRESS, "Procrastination and Success in Life and Business", ATD, August 30, 2017


The thing about self-esteem is that it's often too easily affected by outside influences. A compliment here and it soars up to the sky. A criticism there and it plummets again. Like a rollercoaster, it goes up and down, up and down. We feel great, then we feel terrible, and round and round it goes. And herein lies the problem. When our self-esteem is easily swayed or changed by others, we are open to huge swings in how we feel about ourselves.... The degrees to which people's self-esteem rises and falls when they are appraised by others varies. Some people's rollercoasters have less high points and less dips; others' rollercoasters are constantly up and down, preventing them from having a true sense of themselves. We all need the straight bits, the in-between stages, the calm patches between the ups and downs. They let us catch our breath and build up a sense of ourselves. We then construct an identity that is not made up of what others think of us; an identity that is okay in its own skin--an identity that can weather a compliment or a criticism without it sending the rollercoaster hurtling up or down.

JANNAH WALSHE, "Can you take a compliment?", Mayo News, August 29, 2017


The difference between loving yourself and vanity is when you love yourself you forgive your imperfections, but when you're vain, you don't even know you have them.

MARILYN VOS SAVANT, attributed, Provocative and Contemplative Quotations: With author comments and observations


As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that.

NIC SHEFF, Tweak: Growing Up on Crystal Meth


Livin' the life right out of a dream
Adding coal to the fire of my self-esteem

BAD 4 GOOD, "Curious Intentions"


The best (only?) way to possess self confidence and self esteem is to do the right thing.

ROBIN GREEN, "Pay attention", Cleveland Jewish News, September 1, 2017


People who project negativity typically have low self-esteem. They feel badly about themselves, and their negativity is simply a reflection of those feelings.

HENDRIE WEISINGER, The Power of Positive Criticism


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As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., speech, August 16, 1967


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Ofttimes nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
Well managed.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost


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Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind


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So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they're already met?

BILL WATTERSON, The Days are Just Packed


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