Self Respect Quotes (49) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Self Respect. Pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honour and dignity.

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“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
~ Rita Mae Brown

“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

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
~ Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.
“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
~ Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
~ Gautama Buddha

“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

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

“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

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
~ Adrienne Rich

“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.”
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.
~ John C. Maxwell

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

Find your self-respect now. Don't dumb yourselves down. Think of yourself as capable and worthy of finding a guy who is going to respect you, too. It's so important, I mean, and the confidence you get from feeling smart and tackling something like mathematics, which is a challenge, right? Math is hard.
~ Danica McKellar

Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.
~ Barry Bonds

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

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

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

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

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 always thought of poems as stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.
~ Seamus Heaney

Self-respect knows no considerations.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never work just to work. It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.
~ Harold Ramis

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline...
~ Abraham J. Heschel

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

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

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

If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly.
~ Max Nordau

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

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

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

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

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

Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves. 
~ Peter McArthur

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.
~ Laurence Sterne

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

Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected - that is essential. 
~ Anna Gould

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

The individual woman is required... a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition.  ~
~ Jeannette Rankin

Respect yourself and others will respect you. 
~ Confucius

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

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


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