Self Esteem Quotes

Self Esteem Quotes

Here’s another topic I can’t believe that I never covered before: Self Esteem!  The following quotes should give you some very good food for thought:

1. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

2. A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. -David Brinkley

3. If you don’t run your own life, somebody else will. -John Atkinson

4. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. -Oscar Wilde

5. Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on. -Maxwell Maltz

6. Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. -Robert H. Schuller

7. Conscience: self-esteem with a halo. -Irving Layton

8. Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward. -Laura Schlessinger

9. Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem. -Eric Hoffer

10. Having a low opinion of yourself is not “modesty”. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not “egotism”. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success. -Bobbe Sommer

11. Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. -Edwin Elliot

13. In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned. -Jane Haddam

14. Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it. -Thaddeus Golas

15. The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E. E. Cummings

16. The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. -Sonya Friedman

17. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. -Eleanor Roosevelt

18. If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself. -Barbara De Angelis

19. Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults. -Les Brown

20. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. -Samuel Johnson

Update: Here’s a few extras:

He who gives himself airs of importance, exhibits the credentials of importance. -Lavater

There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be thought so. -LaRocheFoucauld

Conceited men are a harmless kind of creatures, who, by their overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all. -H.W Beecher

The weakest spot in every man is where he thinks is to be his wisest. -Emmons

He that fancies himself very enlightened, because he see’s the deficiencies of others, may be very ignorant, because he has not studied his own. -Bulwer

When a person feels disposed to over estimate his own importance, let him remember that mankind got along very well before his birth, and that in all probability they will they will get along very well after his death. -Charles Simmons

A wise man knows his own ignorance, a fool thinks he knows everything. In one thing men of all ages are alike, they have believed obstinately in themselves.  -C. Simmons

The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues the better we like him. -Emerson

The proportion of those who think is extremely small yet every individual flatters himself that he is one of the numbers. -Colton

So what is your self-esteem like after reading all those?  I liked 10 and 13.  How about you?  I guess these go very closely with these confidence quotes, which are also worth reading.

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  1. I liked them all but number 10 really made sense. Thanks for the great reading and self-esteem building Shawn. We all need that.

  2. I love these quotes… self esteem is a tough issue. It has been a Life long struggle for me and I think for most people. I especially like:

    1. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt
    12. By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. -Edwin Elliot
    15. The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E. E. Cummings
    17. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Shawn – Thanks so much for taking the time to share these wonderful thoughts with us. I appreciate the good work you do!

    Lisa

    • Thanks Lisa, and you’re very welcome. I hope you wrote these quotes down somewhere so you can see them more often. There’s a lot of good info on self-esteem out there; I might do a 2nd page at a later date.

  3. Very inspiring! Especially ….16. The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. -Sonya Friedman. I don’t know how you keep up with them all Shawn.

  4. Hi !

    Thanks for these wonderful quotes.All the quotes are very true its only we who have to show the honesty and accept the fact what we are and look upto these quotes and set the standards what we should be.

    I personally have a low self – esteem and i do agree with one of your quoted : Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.

    I think its high time i should give up my low self esteem and luv myself unconditionally – not to be a better person , but to be the BEST.

    Thanks and Regards,

  5. Hi Shawn.I value every words of encouragement as it improves not only my knowledge but my self-esteem.some difficulties sometimes made me lose my self-confidence.You’re really inspirational!thanks