Self-Esteem Quotes

Self Esteem Quotes for kids, parents, families, schools…—

Building a healthy sense of self-esteem in boys is key to a happy and success-filled life.  You probably already know this.  But do you know that studies show that only 15% of us have sufficient self-esteem to achieve our dreams?

Before I reveal some of my favorite self-esteem quotes, I want to share some important information about the value of self-esteem with you.


A diminished sense of self esteem can lead to much more than just an unpleasant feeling.  Low self-esteem can lead to trouble at school (or work), unhealthy relationships, isolation, desperation, and depression.

On the other hand, healthy self-esteem is essential to a happy life!  Here are some facts to know about self-esteem:

First – Self-esteem fluctuates throughout our lifetime

Second – Building and improving self-esteem takes time

Third – Maintaining self-esteem requires daily attention

Whatever you do today, be sure to take action to fortify and strengthen your self-esteem and the self-esteem of your loved ones, especially your children.

Here’s to improved self-esteem for all!

Self Esteem Quotes

Here are some of my favorite self-esteem quotations.  Enjoy, savor and share!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence.”
~ Clark Gable

“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.
~ Eckhart Tolle

“If one is cruel to himself, how can we expect him to be compassionate with others.”
~ Hasdai Ibn Shaprut

“Try to be like the turtle—at ease in your own shell.”
~ Bill Copeland

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
~Dr. Maxwell Maltz

“To share often and much…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honor.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson

We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish as fools.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” ~ Albert Einstein

“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself.  Only be that, only by self-respect, will you compel others to respect you.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”
~ Maya Angelou

“When we look at a child, we see that sense of fullness, of intrinsic aliveness, of joy in being, is not the result of something else.  There is value in just  being oneself, it is not because of something one does or doesn’t do.  It is there in the beginning when we are children, but slowly it gets lost.”  ~ A.H. Almass

“Courage does not mean that you are not afraid.  Doing something that you are not afraid of is easy.  Doing or facing something that you are afraid of takes courage.
~ Unknown

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection.  Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.
~ Michael J. Fox

“We should praise the qualities we would like to see in others, declare that others possess them already, and then watch how quickly these persons will respond.”
~ Catherine Ponder

“Pass down values every day through your actions, your words and your time with your kids.”
~ Robert Frank

“Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.”
~ Dr. Maxwell Maltz

“We turn outward, attracted by the beauty we see in created things without realizing that they are only a reflection of the real beauty.  And the real beauty is within us.”
~ Ernesto Cardenal

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
~ Stacia Tauscher

“Never bend your head.  Hold it high.  Look the world straight in the eye.”
~ Helen Keller

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.
~ Mark Twain

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“The most important key to the permanent enhancement of self-esteem is the practice of positive self-talk.
~ Denis Waitley

“Laughter is a celebration of the human spirit.”
~Sebena White

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Only the weak are cruel.  Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
~ William James