The great thing in the world is not so much to
seek happiness as to earn peace and
is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity
that grows with the ability to say no to
oneself. Never ignore nor violate the sacredness
of your individual self-respect.
I have learned not to waste words on people who
deserve my silence; not to lower my standards
for anyone or anything. Self-respect is
everything. Sometimes the most powerful thing we
can say is nothing at all. Sometimes we have to
leave, not for ego but for self-respect.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not
believe it's good for one's self-respect
to be a punching bag. Ed Koch
Let us never lose dignity and self-respect
trying to make people love and appreciate us.
Some people just are not
capable. Let us respect our efforts and respect ourselves. Self-respect
leads to self-discipline. It is a real power
when we have them firmly under our belt.
Self-respect is the fruit of discipline;
the sense of dignity grows with the
ability to say no to oneself. Abraham
There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad.
'Good pride' represents our dignity and
self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of
superiority that reeks conceit and arrogance.
The world will be so much a better place to live
in if only the real sense of learning could be
realized by each individual and carried forward
in every field of human activity for real
education enhances the dignity of a human being
and increases his or her self-respect.
I have also learned that 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
We should not desperately need bigger cars, fancier clothes nor
unrealistic recognition. We need self-respect,
identity, community, love, variety, beauty,
challenge and a purpose in living that is
greater than material accumulation.
Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will
only teach obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our
self-respect. Bruno Bettelheim