Self Esteem Quotes

Most popular self-esteem quotes

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

conscience self-acceptance

Above all things, reverence yourself.
Self-esteem is just the reputation that you have with yourself.
We shall have our manhood.
Morale is self-esteem in action.


The average person thinks he isn't.

human nature

Self-esteem, n. An erroneous appraisement.


A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.


Self-esteem = Success divided by Pretensions.
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.
He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.
Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without.
We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.


Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.


You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself.
Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.


As the internal-combustion engine runs on gasoline, so the person runs on self-esteem.
Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.


Justice is always violent to the party offending, for each man is innocent in his own eyes.
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.


The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.


We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

judging what others think

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

discipline self-control self-respect

Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.

human nature

Try to say nothing negative about yourself for three days, for forty-five day, for three months. See what happens to your life .
Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.

advisory parenting

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
The ingenuities we practice in order to appear admirable to ourselves would suffice to invent the telephone twice over on a rainy summer morning.

human nature

We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that.
Stay in college, get the knowledge, stay there until you are through. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something of you!


Psychoanalysis shows the human infant as the passive recipient of love, unable to bear hostility. Development is the learning to love actively and to bear rejection.
Of all traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome; for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, "It's no use—I can't do it."
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communications is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.


If we have someone who loves us—I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side—then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.

love parenting

Many purchasers of self-help books are grappling with a creeping, leaden feeling that life is passing them by. . . . Why, these purchasers ask, am I not a glittering presence? Why do I not have an ostentatiously large and tastelessly furnished house full of sullen hangers-on?