Self-Esteem Quotes

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Self-esteem quotes...messages on overcoming low self-esteem for child abuse survivors moving forward along the path of personal development.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

--Judy Garland

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

--Anna Freud

Self-trust is the first secret of success.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

--Samuel Johnson

They conquer who believe they can.

--John Dryden

If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one's own power.

--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.

--Bruce Barton

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

--Benjamin Spock

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.

--Denis Waitley

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.

--Nathaniel Branden

I used to look in the mirror and feel shame, I look in the mirror now and I absolutely love myself.

--Drew Barrymore

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

--Thomas Carlyle

Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.

--Gloria Steinem

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

Don’t back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for your beliefs builds self-confidence and self-esteem.

--Oprah Winfrey

Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.

--Nathaniel Branden

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

--Mark Twain

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

--Mark Twain

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.

--Sonya Friedman


I hope these quotes on improving self-esteem helped you. ~Adam

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