We’ve all complained of people not valuing us or respecting us enough. It hurts us when someone treats us below our worth and that fills us with anger and spite. However, we fail to realize that maybe the trouble is that we do not love our own selves.
Here are a few quotes about self-respect and self-love quotes to help us all feel happier with ourselves and hopefully allow us to share that feeling with the other people in our lives — at work, at home, and in our communities.
Dare to love yourself~ Aberjhani
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.
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 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
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
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.
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.~Dodinsky
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
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~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
with the ability to say no to oneself.
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
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
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