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These low self esteem quotes will inspire you. Low self-esteem means not thinking much of yourself as a person, or not holding yourself in high regard.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging low self esteem quotes, low self esteem sayings, and low self esteem proverbs.

Best Low Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up, I have to cut others down.’ Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.” ~ Pope Francis
  2. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” ~ Maxwell Maltz
  3. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. ” ~ William Gibson
  4. “I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.” ~ Jay Leno
  5. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. “I suffer the terrible disease of low self-esteem.” ~ Julie Bowen
  7. “Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.” ~ Anthony Trollope
  8. “I think if you exercise, your state of mind – my state of mind – is usually more at ease, ready for more mental challenges. Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.” ~ Stone Gossard
  9. “I didn’t want to go down any scarier path of low self-esteem than I was already on the track for. So during my second year of college I was like, ‘I’m over it! I have to go see what this other thing called life is about!” ~ Anna Chlumsky
  10. “I had low self-esteem.

    ” ~ Jennifer O’Neill
  11. “Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable!” ~ Angelina Jolie
  12. “Girls’ inner critics are starting to reveal themselves at a younger and younger age. And body image issues are an aspect of their lives which is causing them low self esteem and day-to-day suffering.” ~ Elizabeth Berkley
  13. “There’s a danger in loving somebody too much, and it’s sad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust.” ~ Patty Smyth , Sad low self esteem quotes
  14. “I refuse to follow the rules where society tries to control people with low self esteem.” ~ Kanye West
  15. “And she’s feeling like her worth is between her legs.” ~ Ja Rule

  16. “Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.” ~ Theodore Kaczynski
  17. “I am the assasin of my dreams.” ~ Henry Rollins
  18. “I hate when counselors and teachers blame everything on low self-esteem in teens. Some of us actually have self-esteem, believe it or not. And when we make mistakes, it’s not because of a defect in our psyche. We screw up just because.” ~ Niki Burnham
  19. “The gears of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness and low self-esteem interact to create a kind of perpetual failure machine that grinds down dreams from generation to generation. We all bear the cost of keeping it running. Illiteracy is its linchpin.” ~ Carl Sagan
  20. “I approach most things in life with a dangerous level of confidence to balance my generally low self-esteem.” ~ Roxane Gay

  21. “I never had a low self-esteem that would make me gay. At one point, though, the reverse happened. Being homosexual led me to have a loss of self-esteem when I first became aware of society’s attitudes about homosexuality.” ~ Aaron Fricke
  22. “Good! Hang in there! It’s normal! [Low self-esteem] Often it’s a sign of intelligence (but don’t let that go to your head haha)” ~ Patrick Stump
  23. “Yes I think I’m okay, walked into the door again. ” ~ Suzanne Vega
  24. “When I get the strength to leave, you always tell me that you need me. And I’m weak cause I believe you and I’m mad because I love you. So I stop and think that maybe you could learn to appreciate me, and it all remains the same that you ain’t never gonna change.” ~ Ashanti
  25. “You know, I’ll always be your slave ’til I’m buried, buried in my grave.” ~ Sam Cooke

  26. “I lay my head on the railroad track, waitin’ on the Double E. But the train don’t run by here no more, poor, poor, pitiful me.” ~ Warren Zevon
  27. “I just want you inside, baby, we don’t need to talk about promises.” ~ Janet Jackson
  28. “Grosvenor and Burke suggest that continually, though silently, a school building tells students who they are and how they should think about the world. It can help to manufacture rote obedience or independent activity; it can create high self-confidence or low self-esteem.” ~ Alison Lurie , Low self esteem quotes and confidence
  29. “I was a painfully shy, awkward kid, with low self-esteem and almost no social skills. Online, I didn’t have a problem talking to people or making friends. But in the real world. interacting with other people – especially kids my own age – made me a nervous wreck. I never knew how to act or what to say, and when I did work up the courage to speak, I always seemed to say the wrong thing.” ~ Ernest Cline
  30. “So many comics have such low self-esteem.” ~ Debra Wilson

  31. “I wear black on the outside
    ‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside.” ~ Steven Morrissey
  32. “Society. The same society, I might add, that dictates that little girls should always be sugar and spice and everything nice, which encourages them not to be assertive. And that, in turn, then leads to low self-esteem, which can lead to eating disorders and increased tolerance and acceptance of domestic, sexual, and substance abuse.” “You get all that from a pink Onesie?” Leah said after a moment.” ~ Sarah Dessen
  33. “If you go to any nunnery and ask them what the main obstacle is, they’ll always say low self-esteem and lack of confidence. It will take time. But the difference between the first girls from Ladakh who became nuns, to the girls we have now, is very encouraging.” ~ Tenzin Palmo
  34. “I took notes on the people around me, in my town, in my family, in my memory. I took notes on my own state of mind, my grandiosity, the low self-esteem. I wrote down the funny stuff I overheard. I learned to be like a ship’s rat, veined ears trembling, and I learned to scribble it all down.” ~ Anne Lamott
  35. “Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” ~ George Carlin

  36. “Sometimes people with low self-esteem will try to punish you for caring about them.” ~ Wayne Gerard Trotman
  37. “I get literally a physical sensation of low self-esteem that is a result of not engaging the world and getting comfortable that way.” ~ Judd Apatow
  38. “I have really low self-esteem, and it’s not easy for me to put myself on an album cover.” ~ Bradford Cox
  39. “Self-justification, therefore, is not only about protecting high self-esteem; it’s also about protecting low self-esteem if that is how a person sees himself. ” ~ Elliot Aronson
  40. “I think, head up and shoulders back. Not only does it make you look taller and thinner but it gives you confidence and boosts your self-esteem.” ~ Shelley Long

  41. “Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.” ~ Stephen Covey
  42. “Perhaps the most extraordinary popular delusion about the violence of the past quarter-century is that it is caused by low self-esteem. That theory has been endorsed by dozens of prominent experts, has inspired school programs designed to get kids to feel better about themselves, and in the late 1980s led the California legislature to form a Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem. Yet Baumeister has shown that the theory could not be more spectacularly, hilariously, achingly wrong. Violence is a problem not of too little self-esteem but of too much, particularly when it is unearned.” ~ Steven Pinker
  43. “It’s been said that alcoholics are egomaniacs with low self-esteem. It’s the prefect description. Being larger than life and yet your pride is crushed with self-loathing.” ~ Gary Oldman
  44. “One possible sign of low self-esteem is suppressing parts of yourself so you can fill someone else’s expectations of what you should be. You try to fill someone else’s (or your own) prescription of perfection, instead of being yourself and embracing your originality.” ~ Robin Meade
  45. “I don’t take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.” ~ James Taylor

  46. “Poverty is about low, self-esteem and a lack of role models and opportunities. Without money, people resort to de-dignifying activities in order to support themselves. We free people through education and entrepreneurship. Freedom is self-determination, and you can’t self-determine without understanding money and capitalism.” ~ John Hope Bryant
  47. “Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.” ~ Frederick Salomon Perls
  48. “With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked. In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted. Cause I love to be loved.” ~ Peter Gabriel
  49. “Won’t someone please answer my prayers before I’m old and gray. I’ve been lonely too long and all my family thinks I’m gay.” ~ Rod Stewart
  50. “You don’t have to say you love me, just be close at hand. You don’t have to stay forever, I will understand.” ~ Dusty Springfield

  51. “No matter how fast I run, I can’t get away from me.” ~ Jackson Browne
  52. “My narrators tend to be women with low self-esteem, so I can send them to charm school.” ~ Elinor Lipman
  53. “I have low self-esteem and I always have. Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough. ” ~ Lil’ Kim
  54. “Nobody told me you were cheating, it’s just a feeling I had. So if I’m right, you got to lie to me, then I won’t feel so bad.” ~ Brook Benton
  55. “Why stay with him, he uses you just like a human punching bag?” ~ Ray Davies

  56. “Now all that’s left of me, is what I pretend to be. So together, but so broken up inside.” ~ Kelly Clarkson
  57. “Proud to steal her anything she sees, but you will wind up peeking through her keyhole down upon your knees.” ~ Bob Dylan
  58. “Snot is running down his nose, greasy fingers, smearing shabby clothes.” ~ Jethro Tull
  59. “Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being.” ~ Elvis Costello
  60. “The joke that you laid in the bed that was me.” ~ Alanis Morissette

  61. “The one that rambles for a million miles, yes, I walk down this road searching for your love.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
  62. “The road to nowhere leads to me.” ~ Ozzy Osbourne
  63. “Those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home, inventing lovers on the phone.

    ” ~ Janis Ian
  64. “Though you treat me badly, I love you madly.” ~ Smokey Robinson
  65. “Fear of success is far more dangerous than fear of failure because the subconscious mind works to prevent that which it fears. People may fear success because of low self-esteem and feeling of not deserving it; because it will increase what others expect of them. Fear of success shows up as anxiety, indecision, avoidance, procrastination or acceptance of mediocrity.” ~ Joe Ty

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100 Inspiring Self-Esteem Quotes to boost self-worth and self-love

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Selfesteem is important because it plays a critical role and heavily influences people’s choices and decisions. In other words, selfesteem serves as a inspiring function; by making it less or more likely that a person will take care of himself/herself and explore his/her full potential.  We have already discussed in our earlier posts about the how you can improve self-esteem and habits to nurture your self-esteem. In this posts I am going to cover self-esteem quotes.  I hope these famous inspirational quotes from your favorite authors and celebrities will certainly boost your self-worth and self-love.

Self-esteem Quotes

  1. “Being worthy is not something you earn. It is something you recognize and believe in.” ~ Invajy

  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

  1. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” ~ Confucius

  1. “Your worth is not a product of your appearance, your intelligence, your talent or how successful are you. ” ~ Invajy

  1. “Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.” ~ John Milton
  2. “When you stop living your life based on what others think of you, your real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.” ~Shannon L. Alder
  3. “It’s hard to give up the self-esteem connected to being codependent and appearing ‘right,’ which is probably a survival behavior learned from growing up in a crazy family. It feels like you will actually disappear.” ~ Melody Beattie
  4. “Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.” ~ Eric Hoffer
  5. “No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.” ~ Martha Beck
  6. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck

Inspiring Quotes about Self-esteem

  1. “Self-esteem is a powerful force within each of us… Self-esteem is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life.” ~ Nathaniel Branden
  2. “I don’t think it’s a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem.” ~ Tom Petty
  3. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” ~ Jack Canfield
  4. “Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiraling up.” ~ Jack Canfield
  5. “Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child.” ~ Halle Berry
  6. “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  7. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” ~ Shiela Murray Bethel
  8. “Start loving yourself and everything else will come.” ~ Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  9. “People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.” ~ Wayne Gerard Trotman
  10. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes to boost your self-esteem

  1. “The biggest success factor in life is self-esteem: believing you deserve it, believing you can do it and believing you will achieve it.” ~ Invajy
  2. “Negative thinking patterns can be immensely deceptive and persuasive, and change is rarely easy. But with patience and persistence, I believe that nearly all individuals suffering from depression can improve and experience a sense of joy and self-esteem once again.” ~ David D. Burns
  3. “Self-esteem is crucial to how much or how little contentment you feel at the end of your life.” ~ Mark Goulston
  4. “You can’t compare an apple to an orange. It will cause a lot of self-esteem issues.” ~ Craig Sheffer
  5. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a**holes.” ~ Sigmund Freud
  6. “Self-esteem comes quietly, like the truth.” ~ Amity Gaige
  7. “If you have a good self-esteem, you can be generous, you can give back and you can be productive in the world.” ~ Deborra-Lee Furness
  8. “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
  9. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ” ~ Buddha
  10. “Without love our self-esteem weakens. With out it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world.” ~ Chief Dan George

More self-esteem quotes

  1. “Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.” ~ Nathaniel Branden
  2. “Don’t back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for your beliefs builds self-confidence and self-esteem.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  3. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” ~ Andre Gide
  4. “How you feel about yourself determines your life choices.” ~ Amanda Ray
  5. “Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.” ~ Coco Chanel

  1. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou
  2. “Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine. ” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  3. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” ~ Harvey Mackay

Inspiring Self-Esteem Quotes

  1. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” ~ Dr. Robert Anthony
  2. “Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.” ~ Jean Vanier
  3. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Sally Field
  4. “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. ” ~ Margaret Thatcher
  5. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder
  6. “I used to hate feeling embarrassed, but then I realized nobody’s watching and nobody gives a damn.” ~ Barbara Corcoran
  7. “Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” ~ Rob Liano
  8. “Avoid focusing on what you cannot do. Instead, focus on what you can do and accomplish without expecting approval and recognition from others.” ~ Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  9. “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ~ Michael J. Fox
  10. “To establish true self-esteem, we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” ~ Denis Waitley

Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. ” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
  2. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” ~ Sandra Bierig
  3. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” ~ Melanie Koulouris
  4. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” ~ Diane Von Furstenberg
  5. “Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life.” ~ Fred Rogers
  6. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” ~  Johnny Depp
  7. “The world will never value you more than you value yourself.” ~ Bill Masur
  8. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball
  9. “People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most. ”~  Wayne Dyer
  10. “Self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it.” ~ Gloria Steinem

Positive Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
  2. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. “To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~ Alan Cohen
  4. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” ~ Mark Twain
  5. . “I never loved another person the way I loved myself.”~ Mae West
  6. “Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”~ Lucille Ball
  7. “Self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it. ” ~ Gloria Steinem
  8. “The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.”~ Ayn Rand
  9. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ~ Benjamin Spock
  10. “Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.” ~ Dr. Roopleen

Low Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” ~ Maxwell Maltz
  2. “Never make this mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating people.” ~ Robert Greene
  3. “Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.” ~ Anthony Trollope
  4. “When I extend small kindness to others, I find it easier to like myself. If you feel that your self-esteem is low, try extending small kindness to strangers.” ~ Haemin Sunim
  5. “Hiding, secrets, and not being able to be yourself is one of the worst things ever for a person. It gives you low self-esteem. You never get to reach that peak in your life. You should always be able to be yourself and be proud of yourself.” ~ Grace Jones
  6. “I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.” ~ Jay Leno
  7. “Narcissism is not about self love. It’s a clinical trait that belies a deep sense of emptiness, low self-esteem, emotional detachment, self-loathing, extreme problems with intimacy.” ~ Drew Pinsky
  8. “It is weakness that is the source of all selfishness.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  9. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”~ Louise Hay
  10. “There are so many more important things to worry about than how you’re perceived by strangers.” ~ Dennis Lehane

Self-Esteem Quotes

  1. “You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be.” ~ Lou Holtz
  2. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein
  3. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ~ Tina Fey
  4. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
  5. “Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.” ~ Fred Rogers
  6. “Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone – never the opinion of others.” ~ Robert Greene
  7. “Don’t let anyone make you feel that you don’t deserve the good things that happen in your life.” ~ Paulo Coelho
  8. “A person’s self-esteem has nothing to do with how she looks. ” ~ Halle Berry
  9. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ” ~ Dr. Seuss
  10. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “Listen to your heart above all other voices.” ~ Marta Kagan
  2. “Self-trust is the first secret of success.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3.  “Someone else’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” ~ Les Brown
  4.  “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.” ~ Dr. Sonya Friedman
  5. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” ~ Brian Tracy
  6. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” ~ Henry Ford
  7. “If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” ~Anonymous
  8. “Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are. ” ~ Malcolm Forbes
  9. “The most important key to the permanent enhancement of esteem is the practice of positive inner-talk”. ~ Dennis Waitley
  10. “The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.” ~ Ben Sweet

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Self Esteem Quotes | Famous people quotes

“The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. Life will require you to finish the job BEFORE you feel confident. "

- Bill Gates American entrepreneur and public figure 1955

About life, About the world

"I have always struggled with low self-esteem. I think everyone goes through this. I have a huge number of shortcomings.“

— Angelina Jolie American actress, director and screenwriter, fashion model, UN Goodwill Ambassador 1975

“Have you ever seen an oak tree in a state of stress, or a dolphin in a gloomy mood, a frog suffering from low self-esteem, a cat who cannot relax, or a bird burdened with resentment? Learn from them how to put up with the present.“

— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

About birds

“Hence the question: do you want to be beautiful or happy? If the latter, you need to work not on appearance, but on self-esteem. Love yourself with any appearance, and then your appearance can really be anything! This is the law. "... you love us black, and everyone will love us white," as Gogol wrote. "

— Mikhail Labkovsky 1961

About the law, About appearance, Question

“Arrogance is never unjustified. It comes from low self-esteem or temporary, superficial achievements. Let's remember these negative traits. Let us be conscious of our own shortcomings, of assessing our real possibilities, realizing that, in general, we are no different from those over whom we assert our superiority.35

“It's not just girls, but young people in general who are impressionable, and I think that's important. Society offers many different ways of presenting one's own body. Some of them look more acceptable, some less, but it seems important to highlight what inspires. Everything that makes a person with negative self-esteem feel good is always positive from my point of view.”

— Harry Styles British singer and actor 1994


“When I was a teenager, I didn't have the high self-esteem that most teenagers have. I thought no one shared my position. Oh, if I could listen to myself now at 14. "

- Alanis Morissette Canadian singer, songwriter, actress and producer 1974

"Whatever heights you reach, there will always be something in which you are not very strong and it will always be more than what you do well. Therefore, do not let your shortcomings lower your self-esteem. Forget about them and develop your strengths.“

- Richard Branson British entrepreneur A person living with low self-esteem is always looking for attention and reassurance that all is well.”

— Anthony Hopkins British and American theater and film actor, director, composer 1937

In this case, Anthony Hopkins is quoting the thought of psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden.

About men

“Two men are walking down the street, and one of them, for example, is picking his nose. And for some reason, the first one is ashamed of him. Although this: a) is not his problem; b) not his finger; c) not his nose and not his snot. His only low self-esteem is here.“

— Mikhail Labkovsky 1961

About men, About problems

“Separatism of generations: each aging generation diligently convinces itself of the inferiority of the next one that replaces it in order to keep its self-esteem at the highest level: This current youngster does nothing . Sheer apathy. So we went out into the street and protested. All they do is shop and complain.”

— Douglas Copeland Canadian writer 1961

Generation X, Neologisms

"Why is the moon round?" the kid asks. Why is the grass green? Where do dreams come from? How deep can a tunnel be dug? Why are there toes on the feet? Too often, teachers and parents brush off such questions with disdain, even derision, or rush to change the subject: “What, the Moon must be square?” Children quickly realize that adults do not like such questions. A negative experience will be repeated several times - and one more child is lost for science. For the life of me, I don’t understand why on earth adults need to pretend to be omniscient and in front of whom - in front of six-year-olds! Can't you honestly admit that you don't know something? Such fragile self-esteem?“

- Carl Sagan American astronomer, astrophysicist and popularizer of science 1934 - 1996

About children, About the soul, About parents, About grass

goals and the more you can achieve in life. "

- Brian Tracy American writer, business coach 1944

From a speech at SGF 2016

About life

"It's scary if your self-esteem is tied to the opinions of strangers, their comments and in words, on reviews... This is really scary.“

- Emma Watson British film actress and fashion model 1990

"I'm just like you people. Once a week, I fall into a deep existential depression, losing all self-esteem and losing my sense of uniqueness. "

- Bo Burnham American comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, poet and actor 1990

About feelings

"Modesty does not adorn anyone. Due to complexes, insecurity and low self-esteem, the girl lives without sex and relationships, not because she is scary, but because she treats herself badly. The task of the psychologist is to save her from this.”

— Mikhail Labkovsky 1961

About sex, about girls, about strength

“You sound more optimistic in real life than in songs.
- Baby, you live in Russia! What kind of optimism are you talking about? At any moment, a war can start, the planet is threatened with overpopulation, and soon all of us will have nothing to breathe! But, in fact, if you listen carefully to the lyrics of the new songs, you will find a lot of humor there. One text, for example, I dedicated to fat women - I just wanted to boost their self-esteem.“

— Till Lindemann German vocalist, songwriter 1963

About life, about war, about optimism

“A person's destiny is determined or, more precisely, indicated by his own self-esteem.”

— Henry David Thoreau American writer, thinker, naturalist, public figure 1817 - 1862

About men, On the fate of

“Self-conceit, self-esteem, inflated self-esteem - this is a common cause of resentment and anger. It is easy to be calm and condescending when everyone is praising you, but just touch your finger, you can immediately see what we are worth.“

— Pavel Gumerov

About anger

“People with high self-esteem may feel inferior. However, because of this, they do not consider themselves hopeless and do not pretend that they do not feel anything like that. They also don't pass on their experiences to others. It's natural to feel out of shape from time to time. It makes a big difference whether you are fooling yourself into saying that everything is fine, or admitting that there are tough times that you need to deal with.”

- Virginia Satir 1916 - 1988

About men, About time

“Sex is a behavioral act in which sexual desire is revealed.
Sex does not satisfy sexual hunger, but temporarily "closes" issues of insecurity, low self-esteem, anxiety, longing for partnership, etc. "

- Ekaterina Makarova Russian tennis player 1988


“I deal with so many things and see so many young girls wasting years feeling dissatisfied with themselves. Everyone pressures them, mainly through media sources, that they are not beautiful enough, not slim enough, that they have too light or too dark skin. We need to take our own power into our own hands and understand that it is we who choose what to feel for ourselves. Building self-esteem takes work, but it's worth it, and the sooner the better."

— Caity Lotz 1986

On Girls, On Power

“The hairy conspiracy: the need of the aging generation to diligently convince themselves that young people are worthless, thereby maintaining their own inflated self-esteem: “Today's young people do nothing. They are apathetic. So we went out into the street and protested. All they can do is shop and complain.”“

— Douglas Copeland Canadian writer 1961

Generation X, Neologisms

About Youth

“It seems to me that language is at the heart of your vision of human history as a process that is rapidly becoming obsolete. Do you think that history is about to hit a dead end?
- Not excluded. I am generally not very inclined to explain my own views. There is some indiscretion in this, as in any self-esteem. In addition, I do not think that a person is able to impartially judge himself, and even more so about his own creativity. But in the most general form, I would say this: I am primarily interested in the nature of Time. I'm interested in Time itself. And what does it do to a person. After all, we mainly see this manifestation of Time, we are not allowed to penetrate deeper.”

— Sven Birkerts 1951

from interview

About men, about history, about nature, about time

“It seems to me that language underlies your vision of human history as a process that is rapidly becoming obsolete. Do you think that history is about to hit a dead end?
- Not excluded. I am generally not very inclined to explain my own views. There is some indiscretion in this, as in any self-esteem. In addition, I do not think that a person is able to impartially judge himself, and even more so about his own creativity. But in the most general form, I would say this: I am primarily interested in the nature of Time. I'm interested in Time itself. And what does it do to a person. After all, we mainly see this manifestation of Time, we are not allowed to penetrate deeper.”

- Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky Russian and American poet, Nobel Prize in Literature 1940 - 1996

from an interview

About men, about history, about nature, about time

"Jealousy and envy are two equally bad ways to keep love : if they do anything, they only destroy your own self-esteem and self-respect. Jealous people, as well as envious friends, throw you down a few steps - to where love ends and disgust and disgust in relationships begin. 0003

— Emma Goldman American anarchist and feminist of Jewish origin, originally from the Russian Empire 1868 - 1940

About love, about men, about jealousy, about envy

“Will winning the Russian championship make me a better coach? Hardly. Will it somehow raise my self-esteem? It’s unlikely, I’m very critical of myself and even though there will be a hundred medals, nothing will change in this regard.”

— Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky Soviet football player and Russian coach 1971

From an interview, 2012
Source: Slutsky's top quotes: "meet success and reproach equally, not forgetting that their voice is false" "RIA Novosti", 12/06/2016

About victory

“My arrogance is nothing but a reflection of the low self-esteem of the people around me.”

— Ivan Pyanov

About men

with low self-esteem, self-dislike, complexes and constantly listening to flattery.“

- Olivier Makeev

Beauty and ugliness

"If you have low self-esteem because of your appearance, just become more beautiful. "

„When a person says that he cannot, it does not mean low self-esteem (which is invented and does not exist in reality).
This speaks of unwillingness to work.“

— Shot of Life

About men, about reality

This quote is awaiting review.

“If your child complains that he cannot, then he should not confess his love. Because that will only make things worse.
Because your child has no lack of self-esteem, no lack of love. And there is an overabundance of laziness.“

— Shot of Life

“When a person says that he cannot, this does not mean low self-esteem (which is invented and does not exist in reality).
This indicates an unwillingness to work.“

— Franz Wertvollen writer, educator, musician

Source: Shot of Life

About men, About reality

„If your child complains that he won't be able to, then he shouldn't confess his love. Because that will only make things worse.
Because your child has no lack of self-esteem, no lack of love. And there is an overabundance of laziness.“

— Franz Wertvollen writer, educator, musician

Source: Shot of Life

Statuses about self-esteem




A healthy person can freely look at himself from the outside, without falling into some unusual and strange extreme. He does not admire himself and does not belittle himself. Such people consider their personality and appearance to be perfectly normal in all respects. They are sure that everything works out for them and there are no things that they would not be able to cope with.

Therefore, there are numerous statuses about self-esteem. Usually they concern those individual cases when it is too high or too low. But there are also wise aphorisms about a normal attitude towards oneself. It is recommended to be adopted by everyone and everyone.


  1. High self-esteem - the path to the abyss
  2. Low self-esteem of people lost like a hedgehog in a fog
  3. Normal self-esteem - the path to revealing one's personality

Inflated self-esteem - the path to the abyss

Sometimes people, due to the mistakes of their parents, oddities of character or their own delusions, begin to consider themselves better than others. They are confident in their exclusivity, rare beauty and extraordinary kindness. A person with excessive conceit is convinced of his exclusivity and that the whole world should lie at his feet.

People around are usually very surprised at such an inadequate view of their own person. Therefore, it is not uncommon for an appropriate status about high self-esteem to appear.

Here are some of them:

  1. The whole world is a theater, and I am the main actor in it.
  2. Don't poke your head where you don't have to - anyway, you won't do anything better than me.
  3. You people treat me with increased respect! Otherwise you will lose my respect.
  4. When I jump over the endless ocean, you are just standing near a small muddy puddle. And not the fact that you will jump over it. Oops, I seem to have fallen.
  5. There are insignificant people who consider themselves the center of the universe, while they are just a dot in a small circle of my conceit.
  6. Ah, don't crowd around my person! Move away, I beg you! Don't block my glow!
  7. “I'm as fast as a Formula One car. Oh help me, I don't know how to do my job. Hey, you! Inflated self-esteem? Not sure - don't overtake!
  8. Do I love myself? No - I love myself! Am I the ultimate beauty? No, I'm perfect! I am a cutie? No, I'm Mother Teresa. Therefore, treat me with respect, otherwise I will give it between the eyes!
  9. Who's talking about discipline here? Just obey me and everything will be all right. I myself? And who should I obey? boss? Let him be grateful that I'm sitting here at all.
  10. In the hearts of the people around me, I inspire true delight, I tear out from them real sobs from the contemplation of my perfection!
  11. I am very kind, my slaves do not complain. What kind of slaves? Family and colleagues.
  12. Who are you all when I look down on you? - And who are you when we see an ant building a steam locomotive out of itself?
  13. Some slobs are sure that they are creative people. A mess is not a sign of creativity, just as order does not mean mediocrity.
  14. Anyone who is confident in his exclusivity will soon be convinced of his insignificance.
  15. I'm the best, just help me get on my feet and wipe my nose. Then I will turn the whole world and you along with it.
  16. What, salary and all? And where is the gratitude for the fact that such an exceptional person as I serve food to stinkers at McDonald's?!
  17. If you want to criticize me, get in line. Let's laugh at your stupidity.
  18. Who here climbs with their declarations of love? Not Brad Pitt? Then do not distract me, I admire myself and I do not have time for any people from the ordinary world.
  19. Lord, how lucky my parents were to have such an exceptional person! Do they even understand their happiness when they demand that I work?
  20. People say that my self-esteem is too high? Those ungrateful ones who were allowed to approach me?

Low self-esteem of people lost like a hedgehog in a fog

Statuses about high self-esteem usually prevail. But there are also statements about people with a too negative view of themselves. They unreasonably belittle their personality, deliberately making fools of themselves in front of others and refusing to enter into normal interpersonal relationships.

Usually a person with low self-esteem does a good job, he has everything he needs, but he simply underestimates himself and what he has.

  1. Where is the queue for self-flagellation? Who is extreme, say that I am behind him!
  2. It's like I'm walking on broken glass, meeting other people's eyes.
  3. Some people think that someone will pull them out of the quagmire by the ears, not realizing that this someone is himself.
  4. Ai, there is no one worse than me! Have pity on me, poor fellow, do my work for me. But don't expect gratitude, I'm unhappy, will you really leave me in a desperate situation?
  5. If you have shortcomings, this does not mean that you are worse than others. If you see them, then you are better than many.
  6. Take a look at yourself! You see a small, unfortunate child there. He represents you. You have driven yourself into a black hole. You are no worse than others and you will have to pull yourself out of the abyss on your own.
  7. I feel sorry for myself, right. But I am worthy of universal care. Can I work or do something for my neighbor? Take care of me you!
  8. If you think of yourself worse than you are, then you will become worse than you are.
  9. Help! I'm drowning! Oh no, don't drag me out. I feel so comfortable in my swamp where no one touches me.
  10. He who does not love himself is a slave to himself. The one who loves himself is the slave of himself. The one who appreciates himself is the master of himself.
  11. I'm so lonely, my God! Just come to me! Can't you see that I'm the worst? Love? Don't make me laugh!
  12. Pass by, comrades, pass! Can't you see how pathetic I am. Don't stop to laugh at my plight. After all, I just have a job, parents and a wife. I'm a miserable loser! Have pity on me.
  13. Low self-esteem? “Come, let’s cry over ourselves together!”
  14. When a pitiful little man looks at you from the mirror, try to see a handsome man in him. When it seems to you that there is no one worse than you - think about what you are - better than others!
  15. Some people, because of their low self-esteem, do not see how beautiful the world is. They expect someone to come and rescue them. And you just need to open the window and throw out all your negative thoughts.
  16. He who pities himself is wasting his energy. Get up and do good to others. Then you will feel how self-confidence fills you.

Normal self-esteem - the way to revealing one's personality

Of course, it is very interesting to read some status about people with high self-esteem or, conversely, with a low opinion of themselves. But it is much more useful to know what a person with a normal view of the world writes. He feels good and allows others to improve their outlook on life.

Therefore, it is his worldview that deserves the greatest attention. Such people themselves, without outside help, managed to find themselves and manifest themselves in a personal way.

  1. I live by myself and love myself. If I respect myself, then the other will be friends with me.
  2. Who says I can't do something? Even if I can’t succeed yet, I’ll take it and learn.
  3. Respect yourself, and the rest will catch up soon.
  4. I rejoice in every day that comes. I'm happy. I love life and my loved ones. Everything is fine with me!
  5. If someone thinks that his powers are too small, they are. If someone is sure that he is capable of absolutely everything, such an opinion is also fully consistent with the truth.
  6. One should not be sad and suffer. It is better to find good people who will allow you to be happy and enjoy life.
  7. If you are confident in yourself, then the whole world will help you in your endeavors.
  8. He who makes mistakes does not make mistakes - he learns.
  9. Do not be afraid to do something bad. Be afraid to stop praising yourself for every step you take.
  10. Give good to another person. Then you will give good to yourself. Be confident and earn the love of others.
  11. Believe in yourself - and people will believe with you!
  12. I exist normally and allow others to exist in the same way.

There are many statuses for a variety of reasons.

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