Self esteem quotes

Self esteem quotes

We have guide on how to build self-esteem, but if you’re looking for inspiration from other people, you’ve come to the right place! Scroll down and see how the following quotes about self-esteem, from people who definitely have it, will affect yours.


Self esteem quotes: “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”

Marilyn Monroe is no doubt a role model for a great number of women around the world, particularly in the West. Although her life was certainly not a bed of roses, she kept a strong spirit in a man-dominated world and in a life with no less than 3 divorces, alcohol abuse and domestic violence. And still, Monroe did not want to be someone else…


Self esteem quotes: “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

In a time when slavery was common in America, Frederick Douglass was one of those who had had enough. Although a negro, Douglass saw qualities like value, wisdom, dignity and purpose in himself, that the white slavers around him never saw. Or in his fellow negroes. Being true to yourself and not letting other people control how you feel about yourself, is Douglass’s life lesson.


“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”

If you ever feel lonely, and most people do sometimes, just remember these words uttered by the fashion designer, and inventor of the wrap dress, Diane Von Fürstenberg. Remember that you’re never really alone as long as you have yourself – and you always do. Enjoy the company.


“Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.”

In her book, Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir, Martha Gellhorn recollects all of her adventures as a journalist. They took her around the globe and this quote concludes her experiences: nothing boosts self-esteem more than being on your own and depending entirely on yourself. Because then you realize that you don’t need other people to survive.


“A low self-image is usually not based upon facts; it’s mismanaged memory.”

Orrin Woodward, a chairman, motivational speaker, author and many other things, reminds us to always remember our successes. Even the little ones. If your kids love you and are happy, that means you’re a good mom/dad and a success at that. Remembering our successes and letting them affect how we view ourselves is much more difficult, and therefore more important, than remembering our failures and procrastinations.

Self confidence quotes

Self confidence quotes

Do you feel like you lack self confidence? Let these people and their quotes inspire you!


Self confidence quotes: “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was a president who knew how to take action. During the Battle of Las Guasimas, which was part of the Spanish-American War, he and his forces were tasked with taking Kettle Hill which was garrisoned by Spanish troops. Facing heavy fire, Teddy and his men quickly became pinned down. After a while, however, he got on his horse and simply charged off like a suicidal lunatic against the Spanish position under a hail of bullets. His men soon followed and the Hill was taken. That’s because they were already halfway there, as Teddy believed they could do it.


Self confidence quotes: “You have to laugh, especially at yourself.”

We all know how important it is to laugh, but have you ever thought about laughing at yourself? Madonna knew the importance of that. When other people laugh at us, that’s when we feel sad or insulted and lonely, but that’s because the laughter creates a distance between you and them. Try laughing along with them. You’ll see. Taking ourselves less seriously makes it easier to handle failure because we realize that failure doesn’t matter.


“Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.”

Henry David Thoreau’s point is very thought-provoking: do you feel sad, insulted and embarrassed because people laugh at you? No, you feel sad, insulted and embarrassed because people laughing at you makes you think certain things about yourself. That what you did was wrong, that you’re not good at what you’re attempting, etc. People who are confident in themselves are not affected by other people’s opinion. Therefore, a key to confidence is positive opinion about ourselves.


“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.”

If you ever feel nervous or doubt whether you can do it, just close your eyes for a moment and take deep breaths, repeating these words in your head. As you inhale, say “inhale confidence”, and as you exhale, say “exhale doubt”. Imagine that confidence and doubt are physical entities that can enter your body, and this mantra is guaranteed to work.


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Thomas Paine influenced not only the American Revolution, but also the French Revolution. Surely, these triumphs were glorious because they were hard to achieve. You may not face the same challenges as the revolutionaries, but the point is still valid: the harder it is to do something, the better the rewards will be. Look forward to that.