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Shame is the most powerful emotion

“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” – Robert Hand

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” – Michael J. Fox

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Helen Keller

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” –  Louise L. Hay

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” –  Barbara De Angelis

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” – Sidney J. Harris

“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen

“There are so many more important things to worry about than how you’re perceived by strangers.” – Dennis Lehane

“I’m not a wannabe. I’m who I wanna be.” – Hawk Nelson

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

“We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and resentment and mortality.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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

“Things you won’t say on your deathbed: “I wish I paid more attention to what other people think”.” – Johnny Uzan

“Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.” – Brené Brown

“Healthy striving is self-focused: “How can I improve?” Perfectionism is other-focused: “What will they think?” – Brené Brown 

“Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone – never the opinion of others.” – Robert Greene

“I hope you’re able to grow to respect whoever you are inside.” – Fred Rogers

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

“Self-belief is immensely powerful. The most successful people I know believe in themselves almost to the point of delusion.” – Sam Altman

“To keep going when it’s tough is important. To believe in yourself no matter what is vital.” –  Maxime Lagacé

“Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.” – Lilly Singh

“Never make this mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating people.” – Robert Greene

“A human being wants something that will fill the holes he feels within himself.” – James Pierce

“It takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak.” – David Foster Wallace 

“Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.” – Michel de Montaigne

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