In this article, you will 150+ best self-respect quotes to improve self-esteem and make you a powerful human.

Life is a journey that is meant to be embraced to the fullest every day. However, that doesn’t mean you should wake up every day and do what you do every other day.

Having some respect for yourself is not only the first step to self-love and self-confidence but also to achieve self-reliance and self-esteem in your life that will pass through your family, relatives, and children.

That is why we gathered 150+ best self-respect quotes to empower your self-esteem.

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Self Respect Quotes

Here are famous self-respect quotes to inspire the day.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This simple quote about self-respect resonates with why everything we do in every minute of our life should be done carefully.

Don't ever dumb yourself down just to make someone else feel comfortable.
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Don’t ever dumb yourself down just to make someone else feel comfortable.

The most important conversations you'll ever have are the ones you'll have with yourself.
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The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.

David Goggins

David Goggins’s quote about self-talk is spot on. Isn’t it? There are many studies that prove how positive self-talk can make you feel better and be more productive.

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
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Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.

Abraham Joshua Heschel
Self-respect--the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
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Self-respect–the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

H.L. Mencken
Self respect, self worth and self love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.
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Self respect, self worth and self love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.

Rob Liano
Self-respect leads to self-discipline and self-discipline paves a way for respect towards others.
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Self-respect leads to self-discipline and self-discipline paves a way for respect towards others.

Unarine Ramaru
My self-respect is my biggest cock block.
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My self-respect is my biggest cock block.

Maggie Young
Only education, self-respect and rational qualities will uplift the down-trodden.
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Only education, self-respect and rational qualities will uplift the down-trodden.

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy
Honesty defines self respect.
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Honesty defines self respect.

Unarine Ramaru
People with self-respect have the courage of their mistakes. They know the price of things.
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People with self-respect have the courage of their mistakes. They know the price of things.

Joan Didion

Here are more powerful self-respect quotes.

  1. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Buddha
  2. One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. — Shannon L. Alder
  3. If you have truly attained wholeness, everything will flock to you. — Lao Tzu
  4. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality, and duplicate it. — Bruce Lee
  5. Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
  6. Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs. — Joan Didion, On Self-Respect
  7. If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Insulted and Humiliated
  8. If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. — Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
  9. Once you feel you are avoided by someone, never disturb them again.

One of all-time favorite quotes on self-respect is Lao Tzu‘s. Check it out.

Lao Tzu quotes about self respect
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When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.

Lao Tzu

Also, this quote on happiness is one of my all time favorites.

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

Lao Tzu

I also recommend watching this detailed video on Lao Tzu – How To Be Happy (Taoism).

Related: Best Life Quotes to Inspire Your Life Positively

Here are more inspirational self-respect image quotes.

Give yourself a great self-respect to know who you are then your confidence will shine on you
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Give yourself a great self-respect to know who you are then your confidence will shine on you

Rashedur Ryan Rahman
Paradise Is The ABSOLUTE Self-Respect.
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Paradise Is The ABSOLUTE Self-Respect.

Alexia Penteleόn de aRcturi
They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.
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They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

Mahatma Gandhi
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
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Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to
self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.

Clint Eastwood
For God's sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch.
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For God’s sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch.

Anton Chekhov
I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss.
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I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do.  I need not sell my soul to buy bliss.

Charlotte Brontë
Happiness is the highest form of self-respect. A person who allows himself to be happy shows his self-respect.
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Happiness is the highest form of self-respect. A person who allows himself to be happy shows his self-respect.

Maery Rubin
Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
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Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.

Theodore Parker

How you deal with other people (aka society) is also a big factor in how great your self-respect is. Check out these famous quotes about self-respect and dignity. They will help improve self-respect drastically.

  1. Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich
  2. I’m not a backup plan, and definitely not a second choice.
  3. Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence. — Naval Ravikant
  4. Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. — Marcus Aurelius
  5. They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them. ― Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage. ― Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
  7. I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect. ― Mahatma Gandhi, Fools, Martyrs, Traitors: The Story of Martyrdom in the Western World

Self-respect is a reflection of how well you treat yourself. Do you maintain your standard well? The next self-respect quote image is about it.

When you lower your standards, you also lower your self-esteem
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When you lower your standards, you also lower your self-esteem

Unarine Ramaru’s positive self-respect quote is spot on!

Positive self-esteem must be preceded by self-respect. To get self-respect you have to do something good.
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Positive self-esteem must be preceded by self-respect. To get self-respect you have to do something good.

Louis Zamperini
I can teach you how to respect but self-respect is self taught.
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I can teach you how to respect but self-respect is self taught.

Unarine Ramaru
To earn respect, you must earn your own self respect before you can expect others, to respect you.
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To earn respect, you must earn your own self respect before you can expect others, to respect you.

Auliq Ice
Could hell be a place where there is no self-respect? A place where people have no pride in their own existence or behavior, and thus would have none for anyone or anything else?
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Could hell be a place where there is no self-respect? A place where people have no pride in their own existence or behavior, and thus would have none for anyone or anything else?

Neil Peart
Being insulted again and again it doesn't mean that you haven't self respect. It means that you value someone most.
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Being insulted again and again it doesn’t mean that you haven’t self respect. It means that you value someone most.

Abhishek Rai
Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.
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Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.

Kurt Cobain
Turning your back on nothing and walking away is not disloyal, it's self respect.
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Turning your back on nothing and walking away is not disloyal, it’s self respect.

Justin K. McFarlane Beau
There is no humanity or charity in destroying self-reliance, dignity, and self-respect.
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There is no humanity or charity in destroying self-reliance, dignity, and self-respect.

Ronald Reagan

Here are more motivational self-respect quotes by famous people.

  1. Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  2. To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. — Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. — Robert Holden
  4. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
  5. Work to improve yourself, not prove yourself. — Joshua Becker
  6. Determination, courage, self-confidence lead to success, but we should always remain humble, modest, and unpretentious. — 14th Dalai Lama
  7. To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself; that, my friend, is very hard to do. — Bruce Lee
ralph waldo Emerson quotes about trust yourself and self respect
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Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string

Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes courage to live your truth. But what you get in return is self-respect.
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It takes courage to live your truth. But what you get in return is self-respect.

Auliq Ice
Never be ruled by possessions, and never, ever make wealth more important to you than your self-respect and your dignity.
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Never be ruled by possessions, and never, ever make wealth more important to you than your self-respect and your dignity.

Lady Taylor
And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life.
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And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life.

David McCullough Jr.
You'd be surprised how easy some things can be, things you never thought you'd do, when you take self-respect out of the equation.
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You’d be surprised how easy some things can be, things you never thought you’d do, when you take self-respect out of the equation.

Sarah Addison Allen
Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.
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Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his
request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.

Hazrat Ali ibn Abu-Talib
There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.
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There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.

Woodrow Wilson

Still not inspired by these sayings about self-respect? Here are seven more!

  1. To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. — Sandra Bierig
  2. To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives. — Denis Waitley
  3. Self-respect is something that can’t be killed.
  4. You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected.
  5. Sometimes it’s not ego, it’s self-respect.
  6. It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows up to keep looking for new adventures — Oprah Winfrey
  7. Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. — Albert Einstein

Respect Yourself Quotes

Let’s start respect yourself quotes with a famous and powerful one by Confucius.

Respect yourself and others will respect you. - Confucius
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Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Confucius

Here are more sayings about respecting yourself.

Respect yourself. You may not be able to get someone to respect you but you can chose not to be disrespected.
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Respect yourself. You may not be able to get someone to respect you but you can chose not to be disrespected.

Turcois Omine
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
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Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to
self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.

Clint Eastwood
You must love and respect yourself enough to never be a victim under any circumstance.
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You must love and respect yourself enough to never be a victim under any circumstance.

Gary Hopkins
Think first. Think twice. Think again. Respect others. Respect yourself. Respect dreams.
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Think first. Think twice. Think again. Respect others. Respect yourself. Respect dreams.

Kevin James Breaux
Stop rejecting that unique pathway that was designed exclusively for you. Embrace your destiny, respect yourself and love others.
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Stop rejecting that unique pathway that was designed exclusively for you. Embrace your destiny, respect yourself and love others.

Auliq Ice
The way you give your name to others is a measure of how much you like and respect yourself.
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The way you give your name to others is a measure of how much you like and
respect yourself.

Brian Tracy
Don't go the distance trying to fit in the crowd and be accepted by others. Accept and respect yourself first. Loving thyself also goes with this.
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Don’t go the distance trying to fit in the crowd and be accepted by others. Accept and respect yourself first. Loving thyself also goes with this.

Elizabeth’s Quotes
Give yourself a great self-respect to know who you are then your confidence will shine on you
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Give yourself a great self-respect to know who you are then your confidence will shine on you

Rashedur Ryan Rahman

Here are more respect yourself quotes to make your day.

  1. Self-care is never a selfish act–it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. — Parker Palmer
  2. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. — Mark Twain
  3. If you set out to cheat and deceive others you’ll be tense and anxious in case you’ve found out. But if you live your life and conduct your business on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence that is also a source of inner strength. — 14th Dalai Lama
  4. Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own? — Brigham Young
  5. If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. —Fred Rogers
  6. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. — Harvey Fierstein
Thelma Bryant-Davis quotes on self-respect and treatments
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Some people treat you like they don’t know your value. Make sure your response doesn’t support the lie.

Thelma Bryant-Davis

More respect yourself quotes by famous people.

The one person you'll be spending the rest of your life with is you. Treat yourself with love and respect.
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The one person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with is you. Treat yourself with love and respect.

Elle Sommer
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself!
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If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself!

Paolo Coelho
Love Yourself and Care Others, People Will Respect You Automatically
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Love Yourself and Care Others,
People Will Respect You Automatically

Chiranjit Paul
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself!
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If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself!

Paolo Coelho
Respect. Have it not only for others, but also for yourself.
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Respect. Have it not only for others, but also for yourself.

Xondra Day
Self respect, self worth and self love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.
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Self respect, self worth and self love, all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.

Rob Liano
…give yourself permission to change your world and others around you, in a positive way, with love and respect.
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…give yourself permission to change your world and others around you, in a positive way, with love and respect.

Tasha Hoggatt
Surround yourself with people who allow you to be yourself, it does not mean be around others who do not have a sense of right or wrong, who lack respect, love and compassion for others.
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Surround yourself with people who allow you to be yourself, it does not mean be around others who do not have a sense of right or wrong, who lack respect, love and compassion for others.

Tasha Hoggatt

Tasha Hoggatt’s quote on respect yourself is so true. Isn’t it?

Here are more respect yourself sayings by famous people.

  1. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. – Jean Shinoda Bolen
  2. Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own? — Brigham Young
  3. Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. — Malcolm S. Forbes
  4. Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance, and self-criticism. — Albert Einstein
  5. We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. — Arthur Schopenhauer
  6. The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off. — Robert Hand
  7. Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do. — Brené Brown
  8. Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters. — Dan Coppersmith
self-respect quotes on pleasing and displeasing
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That you may retain your self-respect it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking for more inspirational respect yourself quotes? Check out these!

Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself.
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Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh
It is humiliating to realize that when you drive yourself underground, when you fake who you are, often you do so for people you do not even like or respect.
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It is humiliating to realize that when you drive yourself underground, when you fake who you are, often you do so for people you do not even like or respect.

Nathaniel Branden
Love is a prayer, begin it with self. If you can worship yourself without shame or guilt, you will be able to respect others.
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Love is a prayer, begin it with self. If you can worship yourself without shame or guilt, you will be able to respect others.

Vishwas Chavan
We all deserve to be treated with nothing but respect. In order to command respect from others, we must first and foremost respect ourselves.
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We all deserve to be treated with nothing but respect. In order to command respect from others, we must first and foremost respect ourselves.

Julie-Anne
Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners
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Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners

Laurence Sterne
We should not take our ‘Humanity’ for granted. We should love and respect things as if they were ourselves.
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We should not take our ‘Humanity’ for granted. We should love and respect things as if they were ourselves.

Sandranil Biswas
We are with ourselves 24/7, so we should try to treat ourselves with the most kindness, love and respect.
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We are with ourselves 24/7, so we should try to treat ourselves with the most kindness, love and respect.

Karen A. Baquiran
We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.
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We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.

Walter Scott
This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.
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This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.

Pope Francis

quotes on self respect and dignity
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Be not the slave of your own past – Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Respect Quotes for Women

Are you a woman who is looking for the best self-respect quotes to inspire and become powerful?

Check out these awesome self-respect women quotes.

Be a woman of confidence and self-respect; give a man a reason worth fighting for.
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Be a woman of confidence and self-respect; give a man a reason worth fighting for.

Nikki Rowe
If he doesn't want your heart. He doesn't deserve your body. Don't neglect your SELF-RESPECT.
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If he doesn’t want your heart. He doesn’t deserve your body. Don’t neglect your SELF-RESPECT.

Surgeo Bell
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Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.

Shannon L. Alder
A GOOD man values his INTEGRITY and CHARACTER. NEVER deal with one that has no SELF RESPECT!
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A GOOD man values his INTEGRITY and CHARACTER. NEVER deal with one that has no SELF RESPECT!

L. Michelle
Empowered Women 101: Empowered women never live the life they wouldn't want for their daughter. They teach them what self respect looks like.
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Empowered Women 101: Empowered women never live the life they wouldn’t want for their daughter. They teach them what self respect looks like.

Shannon L. Alder

Here are more motivational self-respect quotes for women.

Related: Girl Boss Quotes for Women to Become Strong in Every Aspect

  1. Carry yourself like a Queen and you’ll get your King.
  2. Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.
  3. I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect. — Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
  4. The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs. ― Shannon L. Alder
  5. A self-respecting woman is like the Sword in the stone, only a very special man can pull her.
  6. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  7. Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first. ― Shannon L. Alder
self respect love quotes
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The love you seek from others is usually the love you don’t give to yourself.

Gal Shapira

Quotes on Self-Respect on Relationships

Self-respect is even more important in relationships. Self-respect quotes will help your esteem and dignity to be successful in your relationships by multiple ways.

Check out these self-respect relationship quotes to inspire.

take yourself seriously quotes about self-respect
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You will only ever be taken as seriously as you take yourself.

David Goggins

Here are more respect yourself on relationships quotes.

  1. I would rather be alone with dignity than in a relationship that requires me to sacrifice my self-respect.
  2. When someone treats you like an option, help them narrow their choices by removing yourself from the equation. It’s that simple.
  3. Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
  4. Love yourself enough to surround yourself with people who respect you.
  5. A self-respecting woman is like the Sword in the stone, only a very special man can pull her.
  6. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
  7. You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.
  8. Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect.
  9. Don’t ever dumb yourself down just to make someone else feel comfortable.
  10. Maturity is when you realize self-respect is more important than love
  11. Every relationship you have is a reflection of your relationship with yourself. — Deepak Chopra

Motivational Self-Respect Quotes

Keep your life positive by checking out these motivational self-respect quotes.

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Confucius quotes about respect yourself
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Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

Confucius

Are you not inspired by these motivational respect yourself quotes? Here are more!

  1. The person who deserves your gratitude more than anyone else is you. — Rhonda Byrne
  2. Be selfish enough to have self-love, self-worth, and self-respect
  3. If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self. — Wayne Dyer
  4. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. — Sir Edmund Hillary
  5. Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity. — Katrina Mayer
  6. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. — Helen Keller
  7. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. — Maya Angelou
  8. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are. — Eckhart Tolle
  9. Don’t let fear, low self-esteem, and the negative voices hold you back from your true destiny. — David Goggins
  10. Self-respect is a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, coaxed forth. — Joan Didion

Final Words on Self-Respect Quotes

Now you have got access to 150+ best self-respect quotes.

Wise sayings on self-respect can affect your life in a way that you’d never think of.

But, it all starts with you — how you use these self-respect sayings in your life.

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