50 Self-Respect Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Your Self-Worth

Self-respect creates the foundation of all the decisions you make in life, the way you treat yourself, and how you allow others to treat you. Moreover, it is the foundation of all strong and healthy relationships. Therefore, if you want to have a harmonious relationship with others, if you want others to respect you, you need to respect yourself first. In this article, we have collected 50 thought-provoking self-respect quotes that will help you to understand what self-respect is and how essential it is for a happy and harmonious life.

Here they are, 50 self-respect quotes that will make you rethink your self-worth.

50 Self-Respect Quotes


“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” ~ Robert Tew


“He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence.” ~ Naval Ravikant


“Don’t lower your standards for anyone or anything. Self Respect is everything.”


“Work to improve yourself, not prove yourself.” ~ Joshua Becker


“I would rather be alone with dignity than in a relationship that requires me to sacrifice my self-respect.”


“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”


“Every relationship you have is a reflection of your relationship with your self.” ~ Deepak Chopra


“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” Maya Angelou


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“Be you. The world will adjust.”


“Everyone’s a Star and deserves the right to Twinkle.”


“High self-confidence is a positive internal dialogue. This is what most strive for. Perfect self-confidence is the complete absence of internal dialogue. Puzzlingly few people are interested in this.” ~ James Pierce


“Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone — never the opinion of others.” ~ Robert Greene


“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel


“True reassurance: not that one’s plans will inevitably work out, but that one’s human worth is not on the line if they don’t.” ~ Alain de Botton


“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ~ Thucydides


“Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley


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“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” ~ Robert Holden


“Externally, be humble. Internally, be confident.” ~ James Clear


“Some people treat you like they don’t know your value. Make sure your response doesn’t support the lie.” ~ Thema Bryant-Davis


“Never trade respect for attention.” ~ Mel Robbins


“Only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“By being kind to ourselves, we become kind to others.” ~ Pema Chödrön


“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.” ~ Marcus Aurelius


“Don’t put yourself down just to avoid criticism, to please others, or to show your “kindness”. The world needs light, not mediocrity.” ~ Paulo Coelho


“When you do not treat yourself the way you want others to treat you, you can never change the way things are.” ~ Rhonda Byrne


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“Saying yes or maybe when we mean no, cheapens our word, diminishes our sense of self-respect, and compromises our integrity.” ~ Paulo Coelho


“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer


“We don’t need bigger cars or fancier clothes. We need self-respect, identity, community, love, variety, beauty, challenge, and a purpose in living that is greater than material accumulation.” ~ Donella Meadows


Self-discipline builds self-respect. Meditation is the ultimate act of self-discipline.” ~ DailyZen


“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” ~ Clint Eastwood


“Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.” ~ Theodore Parker


“You will encounter misguided people from time to time. That’s part of life. The challenge is to educate them when you can, but always to keep your dignity and self-respect and persevere in your personal growth and development.” ~ Bernice King


“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~ Joan Didion


“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


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“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” ~ E.E. Cummings


“If you set out to cheat and deceive others you’ll be tense and anxious in case you’re found out. But if you live your life and conduct your business on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence that is also a source of inner strength.” ~ Dalai Lama


“No one is going to value you more than you value yourself.” ~ Naval Ravikant


“Do not be scared to say “I love you” to yourself. Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself and say to yourself as loudly as you can “I love you. I respect you for what you have faced in life. And I love you for what you have become.” ~ Avijeet Das


“If we saw someone else treating us the way most of us treat ourselves, we might think them despicably cruel.” ~ Alain de Botton


“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 Turner


“You do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest.” ~ Robert Brault


“For your own self-respect and sanity, your creative freedom, you have to be careful that you don’t rely too much on other people’s opinions of what you do because it can stunt and inhibit you.” ~ Luke Evans


“Happiness is the highest form of self-respect. A person who allows himself to be happy shows his self-respect.” ~ Maery Rubin


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“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” ~ Ralph Charell


“People treat you the way you treat yourself. So, when you humiliate yourself, they make sure you get the same treatment.” ~ Michael Bassey Johnson


“‘Self-Respect’ respects boundaries, yours or other’s. ‘Ego’ is so full of self, it sees no boundaries.” ~ Wordions


“Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.” ~ Amit Ray


“Having self-esteem is easy, obtaining self-respect is the real challenge.” ~ Jeffrey Fry

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