"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."
Dr Nathaniel Branden
"Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not."
"Accept everything about yourself, I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end, no apologies, no regrets."
"To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”
“Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.”
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection."
"Respect yourself if you would have others respect you."
"Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life."
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott
"You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."
"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
Aldous Leonard Huxley
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Washington Thurman
"Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."
Dr. Samuel Johnson
"The greatest success is successful self-acceptance."
“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
“The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it”
“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."
"It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes."
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
"Self pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world."
"Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one's best."
Harry Emerson Fosdick
"The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others."
Dr Sonya Friedman
"It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others."
Sidney J. Harris