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Self-Respect

  • The need to treat ourselves as well as we treat others. It's women's version of the Golden Rule.

  • It is easy enough to be pleasant / When life flows by like a song, / But the man worth while is the one who will smile / When everything goes dead wrong.

  • To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "On Self-Respect," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • Self respect ... is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has its price.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "On Self-Respect," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • ... character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "On Self-Respect," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves — there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "On Self-Respect," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • ... true self-respect, being very different from false pride, leads inevitably to respecting others ...

  • ... and he said: you pretty full of yourself ain't chu / so she replied: show me someone not full of herself / and i'll show you a hungry person ...

    • Nikki Giovanni,
    • "Poem for a Lady Whose Voice I Like," Re:Creation ()
  • Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.

  • The more we learn to love and respect ourselves, the more we will become attracted to people who will love and respect us and who we can safely love and respect.

  • ... nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect.

  • When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in — that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.