Self Respect Quotes that boost up your self-esteem

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Self Respect Quotes help us to work on our self-image which is very important for our healthy existence. Self-respect is the feeling of personal worth. It is what we see or think of ourselves.

Most of us at some point in time lack this and look for external confirmations for our capability and achievements. And when we don’t get that easily we start suspecting and doubting our self-worth.

And this is dangerous for our well beings. Self Respect Quotes can be of great help for us to rebuild or gain back our lost self-esteem and self-confidence.

Self Respect Quotes

The quotes strongly point that we can’t depend on others to raise our self-respect.

It’s the respect that we generate for ourselves, so it’s never possible to achieve from anything external.

We have to get inspiration from the quotes and re-engineer our inner core to generate that.

The following self-respect quotes will guide you to gain back yourself.

“It only takes one person to change your life – you.”

Ruth Casey

Remember that, self-esteem comes from self-respect and self-confidence.

Hence we can’t succeed just by having self-confidence, we need to respect ourselves as well without looking for respect from anyone else.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

NATHANIEL BRANDEN, a renowned psychotherapist and writer, has very nicely said a few words in his book “HEALING YOUR EMOTIONAL SELF”.

He described a human who is battered in his battle called ‘life’.

Instead of giving up, he continues to fight against all obstacles and challenges – as he has to explore and find out the path to a ‘fulfilling existence’.

He never surrenders. Rather he tells, “I am more than my problems.”

Self-respect Quotes

It is impressive to see a person who has been battered by life in many ways, who is torn by a variety of unsolved problems, who may be alienated from many aspects of the self – and yet who is still fighting, still struggling, still striving to find the path to a fulfilling existence, moved by the wisdom of knowing, “I am more than my problems.

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”

Brian Tracy

“In the face of unjust criticism we can become bitter or better; upset or understanding; hostile or humble; furious or forgiving.”

William Arthur Ward

“Dress for success. Image is very important. People judge you by the way you look on the outside.”

Brian Tracy

“Declarations are powerful. If you declare that you are going to be an optimistic, upbeat person at all times, an interesting phenomenon takes place.”

People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.”

Harvey Mackay

When people expect you to be positive, you don’t want to let them down. You live your intentions every day – every minute.”

Neil Eskelin

“The future looks bright…for those who choose to shine…and become a star.”

Doug Firebaugh

Quotes for self-respect

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” – Jean De La Fontaine #Quotes #SelfRespect

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley

“You are fully responsible for everything you are, everything you have and everything you become.” — Brian Tracy

“Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something. They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes.” — Jim Rohn

“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.'” — Jim Rohn

“No one limits your growth but you. If you want to earn more, learn more. That means you’ll work harder for a while; that means you’ll work longer for a while. But you’ll be paid for your extra effort with enhanced earnings down the road.” – Tom Hopkins

“Dedicate yourself to continuous personal improvement-you are your most precious resource.”

Brian Tracy

“Make education a continuing, never-ending process.” – Nido Qubein

How Self Respect Quotes can help us?

From childhood, our self-image is influenced by our parents’ or guardians’ opinions and comments about us.

As we grow older so many other people including our teachers, friends, colleagues, business partners, neighbors, and even our spouse and children constantly feed something about “what we are”.

This feedback or opinion system is so strong that we forget our own self-worth some times. We start getting measured by others, we start seeing our worth in others’ eyes. Thus we start losing our own selves.

We have to discard this false image labeled upon us by our ambiance. When we try to look within to find out what we actually are, most of the time we don’t get any ready image.

Why? Our self-image has long been shattered and we never noticed that.

To address this issue we need to ‘self-soothe” or nurture our inner voice. “Self respect quotes” of specialists and experts can help to do this “inner search”.

A few such quotes by Beverly Engel are given below that will help to get back self-esteem and self-image. (Read the next section for this)

Quotes to get back self-esteem | Quotes on self respect

“No one can tell you who you are.

You are the only one who is capable of determining who your true self is.”

Beverly Engel

Your parents’ misplaced labels, distorted perceptions, and negative projections have created a false image – an image you now need to discard.

In its place you will need to discover and create your true self.

Beverly Engel

“..I say discover, because many of you do not know who you are aside from your parents’ mirror.

Once this mirror has been smashed, you find that another image does not readily emerge.

This means you will need to look deeper inside to begin to find your true reflection.”


“…To help you more in this healing, make a list of your special qualities as a person – those things that make you distinctly you.

No matter how difficult it may still be to make this list, the truth is you do have certain capacities and sensitivities that are uniquely yours.

You do have special strengths that in some way differ from the strengths of others.”

Beverly Engel

How to tackle unjust criticism and keep our self-esteem intact?

Unjust Criticism is one of those dirty elements on earth that always test our self-esteem. These mean critics are there to criticize our every work – these monsters will do everything to damage our esteem so that we lose our self-respect.

Our goal is not to avoid or stop criticism – as this is probably one of those bad investments of time and effort that we should never think of. Criticism will be there.

Justified ones should be taken as elements for learning and correction of our path.

And unjust one – just IGNORE.

As rightly said by Aristotle (see the quote below) that the only way to stop criticism is to remain inactive – because all actions will bring in some criticism.

As we want to act and can’t stay inactive – so better ignore criticism and do the best you can.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.–Bruce Feirstein

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.–Eleanor Roosevelt


As a summary, I’ll again use a few wise words written by Beverly Engel.

Look at Yourself with New Eyes.
You don’t need to constantly try to meet some external notion of what is beautiful.

You only need to look in the mirror with new eyes. With your new eyes you refuse to accept superficial definitions of what beauty is.

With your new eyes, you are able to look deep inside yourself to find your inner beauty, wisdom, and strength—the essence of who you are.

With your new eyes, you are able to open yourself to new thought—that you are already beautiful.

There is no need to struggle, no need to contort your body, no need to apply creams or seek cosmetic surgery. All you need to do is simply be beautiful. Simply be.”


Take Away

Accept and assimilate these wise “self-respect quotes” to boost yourself.

Life is short. If we look at others for their acceptance and appraisals then we will become nothing but puppets in others’ hands.

That is not accepted.

As Swami Vivekananda said, “ you have come to this world, leave some mark behind“.

Just don’t be an emotional puppet, be strong, educate yourself, respect yourself, and go ahead.

Just Remember – “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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