A term used to depict a person's overall evaluation of his/her own worth is known as self-esteem in psychology. The term has a wide spectrum and covers beliefs about self, emotions like despair, pride, shame, and triumph. At the same time, it can also be limited to a particular aspect of a person's personality.
The synonyms to this term include self-worth, self-respect, and self-regard. However, it should not be confused with self-confidence or self-efficacy, as these terms include a streak of a person's ability and performance as well. If one is of the opinion that one lacks in self-regard, then it is best to learn from other people's lives. There are a number of quotes, which can prove to be beneficial for improving this quality.
Building a healthy sense of regard for oneself will help make a person's life happy and successful. Many times, people fail because they don't believe in themselves. Hence, it is important that they work on this aspect of their personalities. Activities to boost morale can prove to be of great help. Here are some inspiring self-esteem quotes, which may help you just the same.
"Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it."
― Gloria Steinem
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
― Oscar Wilde
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
― Judy Garland
"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves."
― François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
"Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right."
― John Milton
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
― E. E. Cummings
"Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep."
― Samuel Johnson
"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone."
― Coco Chanel
"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."
― Shirley MacLaine
"Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not."
― Henri Frederic Amiel
"The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere."
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
― Sam Walton
"You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand."
― Irene C. Kassorla
"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else."
― Cardinal De Retz
"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."
― Raymond Hull
"Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable."
― Zig Ziglar
"It is better to be hated for what you are, than to be loved for something you are not."
― Andre Gide
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
― Kurt Vonnegut
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."
― Oscar Wilde
"Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues."
― Hugh Prather
"The authentic self is the soul made visible."
― Sarah Ban Breathnach
"Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue."
― John Herschel
"Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners."
― Laurence Sterne
"Respect yourself if you would have others respect you."
― Baltasar Gracian
"Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world."
― Helen Keller
"Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities, and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one's best."
― Harry Emerson Fosdick
"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."
― Abraham Heschel
"Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life."
― Joe Clark
"Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."
― Les Brown
"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."
― Richard Bach
"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
― St. Francis De Sales
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The most important opinion you have is the one you have of yourself, and the most significant things you say all day are those things you say to yourself."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
― Anna Freud
"Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable."
― Wendy Wasserstein
"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right."
― Henry Ford
"I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down."
― Allen H. Neuharth
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price."
"Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong."
― Peter T. McIntyre
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
― Anaïs Nin
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
― Michael Jordan
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
― Sir Edmund Hillary
"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved, except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance."
― Bruce Barton
"A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort."
― Sydney Smith
These were some motivational quotes which indeed teach a lot about life in general. Along with these, staying positive and having faith in one's abilities will also prove to be extremely beneficial.