This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, January 5, 2009

Self Esteem Quotes

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. 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. 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

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

18. Self-esteem does not mean feeling good all the time. Self-esteem means loving yourself even when you feel badly…even when you make a mistake. It means loving yourself even when you’re depressed. It means that you accept yourself fully. - Jack Canfield

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

20. 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

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

22. You've been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try accepting yourself and see what happens. - Louise Hay 

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