An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.


Geoffrey F. Abert (American author, “After the Crash”)


If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.


Alexander The Great (352-323 BC, Alexander III, Macedonian King)


I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


Study to be what you wish to seem.


John Bate


Our value is the sum of our values.


Joe Batten


To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: it is the reward of self-esteem.


Nathaniel Branden (1930- Canadian-born American psychologist, author, expert on self-esteem)

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Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not anymore what you will become. It is what you are and always will be.


John Fowles (1926-, British novelist)


A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


You are indebted to you imagination for three-fourths of your importance.


David Garrick (1717-1779, British actor, playwright, theater manager)


A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect... and no.


Jane Haddam


Self-esteem soars in direct proportion to our forgetting the “self” part.


Lady Eileen Hartley-Wigginton


The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


While we are indifferent to our good qualities, we keep on deceiving ourselves in regard to our faults, until we come to look on them as virtues.


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


A person's worth is contingent upon who he is, not upon what he does, or how much he has. The worth of a person, or a thing, or an idea, is in being, not in doing, not in having.


Alice Mary Hilton


Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Whatever your job, it is important if it is what God wants you to do.


Henry Jacobsen


Realize that the reason most people fail isn't because of the competition but because of the limits they place upon themselves, allowing defeat to take over. Take responsibility for your destiny. You can come up with a performance, if you can reach down and dig deep enough into your competitive soul. You can overcome tremendous obstacles.


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Seriously, I do not think I am fit for the presidency.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


I'll always be number 1 to myself.


Moses Malone (1954-, American basketball player)


Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Women who set a low value on themselves make life hard for all women.


Nellie McClung (1873-1951, Canadian writer, speaker)


Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.


Doris Mortman


He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


One is rated by others as he rates himself.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Whatever good things we build end up building us.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession. Iit is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.


Vida D. Scudder


No one can disgrace us but ourselves.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


I am as my creator made me and since He is satisfied, so am I.


Minnie Smith


The greatest success, is successful self acceptance.


Ben Sweet


The failure to be perfect does not mean you are not a success; it is giving your best that helps you to understand the joy of receiving.


Fran Tarkenton (1940-, American football player, businessman, corporate consultant, author)


Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.


U. Thant (1909-1974, Burmese diplomat)


I will give thanks to thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 139:14


Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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We feel good about ourselves to the exact degree we feel in control of our lives.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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We do not deal in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Acknowledgment -- If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.


Author Unknown


Before everyone stands an image of what he ought to be. So long as he is not that his peace is not complete.


Author Unknown


He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and He that undervalues others will oppress them.


Author Unknown


SELF-ESTEEM controls PERFORMANCE/REALITY which stimulate SELF-TALK which reinforces SELF-ESTEEM. This cycle can work positively or negatively and is greatly influenced by the self-talk (I knew I wasn't good at -- X vs. next time I'll practice and do better


Author Unknown


Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.


Author Unknown


You can do it if you put your mind to it.


Author Unknown


You're not what you think you are; you're not what others think you are; you're what you think others think you are!


Author Unknown


To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Blessed are they who heal us of self-despising. Of all services which can be done to man, I know of none more precious.


William Hale White


I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


All the extraordinary men I have known were extraordinary in their own estimation.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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