Assertive Quotes (30) Spiritual Sayings


Summary: Definition of Assertive. Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. In the field of psychology and psychotherapy, it is a learnable skill and mode of communication.



The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well being of others.
~ Sharon Anthony Bower


“Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for—YOU.”
~ Shannon L. Alder


“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
~ Warren Buffett


Women are a little more assertive in terms of our ability to express our feelings when we fall in love.
~ Alicia Machado


Being assertive does not mean attacking or ignoring others feelings. It means that you are willing to hold up for yourself fairly-without attacking others.
~ Albert Ellis


We do not find happiness by being assertive. We don't find happiness by running over people because we see what we want and they are in the way of that happiness so we either abandon them or we smash them. The Scriptures don't teach us to be assertive. The Scriptures teach us—and this is remarkable—the Scriptures teach us to be submissive. This is not a popular idea.
~ Rich Mullins


Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you are!
~ Shakti Gawain


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
~ Malcolm X


Writing is one of the most assertive things a person can do.
~ Jhumpa Lahiri


Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
~ Bruce Lee


Let's build bridges, not walls.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Assertiveness is most effective when least applied.
~ Wes Fesler


We have to move toward specificity, intelligence, facts, proof, and mutual affection. What I think people have to do now is be very, very assertive about the utter essentiality of intellectual undertakings.
~ George Saunders


The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. The idealists are not usually realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive to be militant. Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at it's best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


the self-assertive tendency is the dynamic expression of the holon's wholeness, the integrative tendency, the dynamic expression of its partness.
~ Arthur Koestler


I really worked at becoming more assertive, and now none of my friends talk to me.
~ Wendy Wasserstein


The integrative tendencies of the individual are incomparably more dangerous than his self-assertive tendencies.
~ Arthur Koestler


Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.
~ Tim Ferriss


Today I realize that many recent exercises in "deconstructive reading" read as if inspired by my parody. This is parody's mission: it must never be afraid of going too far. If its aim is true, it simply heralds what others will later produce, unblushing, with impassive and assertive gravity.
~ Umberto Eco


But doubt is wily and cunning and never, as it is sometimes said to be, loud or defiant. It is unassuming and sly, not bold or assertive - and the more unassuming, the more dangerous.
~ Soren Kierkegaard


Arrogance is a mixture of impertinence, disobedience, indiscipline, rudeness, harshness, and a self-assertive nature.
~ Sivananda


The will is not merely assertive, aggressive, and controlling. There is the accepting will, yielding will, the dedicated will. You might say that there is a feminine polarity to the will – the willing surrender, the joyful acceptance of the other functions of the personality.
~ Roberto Assagioli


The only healthy communication style is assertive communication.
~ Jim Rohn


When the Negro was completely an underdog, he needed white spokesmen. Liberals played their parts in this period exceedingly well.... But now that the Negro has rejected his role as an underdog, he has become more assertive in his search for identity and group solidarity; he wants to speak for himself.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Every time we speak, we choose and use one of four basic communication styles: assertive, aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive.
~ Jim Rohn


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