Top 79 Self-Esteem Quotes

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“I had self-esteem issues into my early 20s.”

― Adam Lambert

“By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or storefront ads, magazine covers or TV shows, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today’s girls.”

― Adora Svitak

“I’m surrounded by geniuses, which is really not good for my own personal self-esteem!”

― Aisha Tyler

“I didn’t have high self-esteem when I was a teen-ager, as I think most teen-agers don’t.”

― Alanis Morissette

“Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it’s conditional.”

― Albert Ellis

“Demands for equality for women are threats to men’s self-esteem and sense of sexual turf.”

― Alice S. Rossi

“I’ve worked very hard on my self-esteem, and I know my value.”

― Amanda de Cadenet

“Every woman has, for her own self-esteem, to work or have a major interest.”

― Amanda Eliasch

“To me, self-esteem is not self-love. It is self-acknowledgment, as in recognizing and accepting who you are.”

― Amity Gaige

“Self-esteem comes quietly, like the truth.”

― Amity Gaige

“Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.”

― Barbara Sher

“I wind up playing these characters a lot: They have self-esteem issues, or they’re going through a lot as a young adult.”

― Barrett Wilbert Weed

“After my second-to-last record, ‘The Greatest’, I had gone on tour for a while, and I didn’t play an instrument for about five years. And I got kind of – it’s not self-esteem or whatever, or anger toward myself – but disappointed in myself that I hadn’t been challenging myself to learn musically.”

― Cat Power

“I think comedy comes more from a low sense of self-esteem, and I certainly have that.”

― Craig Ferguson

“I have said many times: We have self-esteem or don’t, based on how we were raised! Self-esteem is normally produced in your first 7-8 years of life.”

― Dan Pena

“I respect people with high levels of self-esteem.”

― Dani Alves

“I’ve never disliked myself, and my weight has had nothing to do with my self-esteem.”

― Dawn French

“I’m interested in the lives of Americans for whom the ways this culture has tried to define itself – that is, self-esteem defined by material wealth – they have nothing to do with that.”

― Debra Granik

“So many comics have such low self-esteem.”

― Debra Wilson

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

― Denis Waitley

“In terms of self-esteem and confidence I think I’m generally quite healthy.”

― Derren Brown

“I believe that the dissolution of a marriage comes about by the breaking down of self-esteem.”

― Dixie Carter

“My narrators tend to be women with low self-esteem, so I can send them to charm school.”

― Elinor Lipman

“Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.”

― Eric Hoffer

“Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.”

― Eric Hoffer

“You’d be surprised how addicting high self-esteem is.”

― Fergie

“Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.”

― Gavin Newsom

“When I’ve mentioned my screen wife is Helen Baxendale, so many people have burst out laughing. My self-esteem has been crushed by it.”

― Greg Davies

“A person’s self-esteem has nothing to do with how she looks.”

― Halle Berry

“I learned that coming out was crucial to self-esteem.”

― Ian Mckellen

“Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.”

― Irving Layton

“Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.”

― Jack Canfield

“Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiraling up.”

― Jack Canfield

“My mother tried her best to give us a sense of self-esteem.”

― James McBride

“I don’t take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.”

― James Taylor

“I had low self-esteem.”

― Jennifer O’Neill

“I think self-esteem is fluid. It’s not a fixed state, and so some days are better than others.”

― Jo Brand

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

― John Milton

“Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.”

― John Petit-Senn

“I feel like I have a healthy self-esteem.”

― Judy Greer

“I suffer the terrible disease of low self-esteem.”

― Julie Bowen

“I have struggled with self-esteem issues since my teens, but it’s clear in my first long-ago diary that I didn’t start out that way. I acquired my low self-esteem. I learned it.”

― Justine Musk

“As a girlchild in the early-to-mid 1980s, I wasn’t expected to like math. So I stopped liking math. As a young woman, I wasn’t expected to have high self-esteem.”

― Justine Musk

“I’m very comfortable as a singer. In fact, I think it’s more – I identified my self-esteem, my self more in those ways when I was growing up. I really – it was kind of my calling card as a kid.”

― Katey Sagal

“If I’ve got a confidence problem, it’s that my self-esteem is entirely too high.”

― Katherine Ryan

“Like everyone, I had low self-esteem, and I wanted to be like the pretty, popular girls.”

― Katie Stevens

“I’ve suffered from low self-esteem.”

― Ken Kercheval

“I had low self-esteem. I just really wanted attention and love from somebody.”

― Kim Mathers

“Self-esteem is such a challenging issue for young women.”

― Kimberly Elise

“You can accomplish so many things with a negative outlook and low self-esteem if you just do it over and over and over again.”

― Lela Loren

“I’m passionate about speaking out against bullying and speaking up for self-awareness with young people and body-image issues and self-esteem issues.”

― Lily Collins

“I don’t think I am narcissistic. I think I have low self-esteem.”

― Lorraine Bracco

“The worst thing any of us can do for our self-esteem is compare ourselves to others, and that’s especially true of women.”

― Madison Beer

“The biggest thing you can give a kid is self-esteem, so that they’re not shy to do different things.”

― Magnus Scheving

“Making a film is very gratifying and intoxicating. It does great things to your self-esteem, but pushing people and mentoring them to their full potential is far more fulfilling.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“The first thing that happens to someone with a mental illness, in the throes of it, is that they lose all their self-esteem. They don’t think they fit in.”

― Margaret Trudeau

“It is normal that when results are better, self-esteem grows, and improving things becomes more easier.”

― Massimiliano Allegri

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-brake on.”

― Maxwell Maltz

“Self-righteousness, when you think about it, is a contra-indicator of self-esteem. It’s what sets in when genuine righteousness eludes us.”

― Meghan Daum

“Self-esteem, the kind that comes from finding the sweet spot between a healthy fondness for yourself and healthy self-skepticism, tends to get harder to come by the older we get.”

― Meghan Daum

“I was a kid who didn’t have a lot of self-esteem.”

― Melanie Lynskey

“Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health and self-esteem, not its cause.”

― Nathaniel Branden

“Self-esteem is a powerful force within each of us… Self-esteem is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life.”

― Nathaniel Branden

“With women, the way they look… it’s the core of their self-esteem.”

― Nia Peeples

“I am not someone who throws around the word ‘self-esteem.’ It is a fictional description.”

― Nicolle Wallace

“I would much rather be someone with high self-esteem and less funny.”

― Nikki Glaser

“We’ve always been for women and for biggin’ up their self-esteem. That’s why we do songs like ‘Independent.’”

― Pepa

“It seems to be a common denominator with a lot of comics, this low self-esteem thing.”

― Ray Romano

“Evidence suggests jobs are crucial not only to economic well-being but also to self-esteem.”

― Robert Reich

“I think I finally overcame my self-esteem and confidence issues at around 20.”

― Rupi Kaur

“It’s very validating when you are new in the industry to get awards. It boosts your self-esteem.”

― Sheena Easton

“As actors, we tend to usually have some issues with self-esteem and some need for validation, and it takes awhile for that fear of not having a job to go away.”

― Simon Helberg

“I’ve had a lot of self-esteem issues.”

― Steve Lukather

“A four-year-old should have no self-esteem, and for good reason. What could he have possibly accomplished in his life to justify esteeming oneself so highly?”

― Steven Crowder

“When I was 19 years old, I came down with anorexia. I had it for about a year before it became public. And it had a lot to do with my self-esteem.”

― Tracey Gold

“Happiness is definitely a priority in our household. That the kids are happy and everybody is comfortable. Self-esteem is very important.”

― Tracy Pollan

“Slobodan Milosevic was just as smart as a five-year-old. Five-year-olds have an uncanny way of getting into your psyche, your self-esteem.”

― Wesley Clark

“For some reason, all artists have self-esteem issues.”

― Whoopi Goldberg

“When you go through a traumatic event, there’s a lot of shame that comes with that. A lot of loss of self-esteem. That can become debilitating.”

― Willie Aames
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