Quotes for
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Self-Respect



  
Self-respect is the
cornerstone of all virtue.

John Herschel

   

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.        -Gail Sheehy

   

Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.       -Peter McArthur

   
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 we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it.       -Whitney Griswold
   

The tragedy is that so many people look for self-confidence and self-respect everywhere except within themselves, and so they fail in their search.       -Nathaniel Branden

   
True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves.  It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.      -Ralph W. Sockman
    
Those that respect themselves are safe from others; They wear a coat of mail that none can pierce.        -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  
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.        -Max Nordau
   
Coming to appreciate your worth can, in some cases, dramatically improve your circumstances by changing the choices you make and the actions you take.  And as you begin to treat yourself with more respect, other people begin to do the same, since we subconsciously "train" others how to treat us through messages we send through body language, tone of voice, and other subtle cues and behaviors.  Discovering your innate worth and living from that place allows you to make more constructive choices--to choose the higher roads of life.        -Dan Millman
   
Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.       -Joe Clark
   
In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.       -Jane Haddam
    
The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self- respecting individuals will try to be as tolerant of their neighbor's shortcomings as they are of their own.       -Eric Hoffer
   
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
    
The principal thing children are taught by hearing these lullabies is respect.  They are taught to respect certain things in life and certain people.  By giving respect, they hope to gain self-respect and through self-respect, they gain the respect of others.  Self-respect is one of the qualities my people stress and try to nurture, and one of the controls an Indian has as he or she grows up.  Once you lose your self-respect, you just go down.        -Henry Old Coyote
   

   
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.       -Joan Didion
   
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
    
If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.      -Spanish Proverb
   
Don't seek to gain anything for yourself that forces you to break your word or lose self-respect; to hate, suspect, or curse another; or to be insincere or to desire something that needs to remain secret.
   Look to the people whose main desire is to nurture their minds and their inner spirits.  They do not fuss, complain, or crave either solitude or a crowd.  And, most important of all, they will live without either striving or avoiding, and will not care whether their lives are long or short.
   If death comes for them at this very instant, they will go as easily as if they were doing any other act needing self-respect and calm, being careful of only this through their lives:  that their thoughts do not stray into paths incompatible with an intelligent and social being.         -Marcus Aurelius
   
Respect yourself and others will respect you.       -Confucius
   
My mother insisted that everyone in her life treat her with respect.  Though she wasn't wealthy or well educated, my mother not only understood and appreciated her value, but believed in it.  Strongly.  Deeply.  Passionately. . . . when she learned he was cheating on her, she insisted that he move out of our home.  Not the next day or the next week.  The very day Chubby discovered my father had gone back on his promise to be faithful to her, she told him he had to go. . . . To me, as a child, Chubby's refusal to take my father back seemed harsh, even cruel.  As a woman, however, I have come to understand it.  For my mother, putting Daddy out of the house and her life wasn't about pride; it was about principle.  The one she had always lived by.  The one she believed in with all her heart:  No one was going to love and respect you unless you loved and respected yourself.       -Patti LaBelle
    

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.       -Henry Brooks Adams

   

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