by May Bleeker-Phelan, 19 Feb 2009. Updated 24 Feb 2022.
Here are my favourite self esteem quotes. Although most don't mention self esteem directly, they deal with many aspects of it such as confidence, belief in yourself, self knowledge, self acceptance, self compassion, finding your own way in life, keeping a positive outlook and adapting to change.
I hope you enjoy these little bits of wisdom!
The wound is the place where the light enters you. - Rumi
Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking. - Antonio Machado
Your life is important. Fight for it. Honour your highest potentials. - Nathaniel Branden
You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. - Anne-Wilson Schaef (quoted in The Artists Way)
Leap and the net will appear. - John Burroughs
Self esteem is more than a word describing how you value yourself, it is the act of valuing yourself. - www.doorway-to-self-esteem.com
The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks: but to accept them directly, as they are. - Takahisa Kora
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. - Marianne Williamson (from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles).
We know the truth not only by the reason, but also by the heart. - Blaise Pascal
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. - Jan L.A. Van Der Snepscheut (from The QI Book of Quotations: Advanced Banter, by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson)
The only cure for grief is action. - George Henry Lewes
What works through you, also works upon you - A Course in Miracles
What you perceive in others you are strengthening in yourself. - A Course in Miracles
When the wind does not serve, take to the oars. - Latin Proverb
We don't realise that we are actually perfect just the way we are. We are born perfect, but spend a lifetime trying to be something we are not, and then feel inadequate for failing. Your only purpose is to BE YOURSELF, otherwise you will deprive the universe of who you came here to be. - Anita Moorjani
For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes. - Dag Hammarskjold
You are not too old, and it is not too late. - Rainer Maria Rilke
Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. - Linda Hogan
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