In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
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
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
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.
A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself.
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
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 e suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it.
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.
Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
~George Bernard Shaw
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
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
Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
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.
Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.
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
Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.
You do not need to be the designated driver of someone's intoxicated ego.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.
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.
Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected - that is essential.
Self-respect knows no considerations.
In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.
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.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else.
~Cardinal De Retz
Respecting yourself means listening to your body and emotions continuously. Then acting beyond a linear logic to achieve ones goals.
Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
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 E. Turner