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

We feel good about ourselves to the exact degree we feel in control of our lives.
The most difficult We do not deal in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.
Acknowledgment -- If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.
Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.
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 at -X).
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Blessed are they who heal us of self-despising. Of all services which can be done to man, I know of none more precious.
He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image.
Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
One is rated by others as he rates himself.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
Before everyone stands a image of what he ought to be. So long as he is not that his peace is not complete.
Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
No one can disgrace us but ourselves.
The greatest success, is successful self acceptance.
I am as my creator made me and since He is satisfied, so am I.
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.
The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.
Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.
Envy aims very high.
Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.
Envy eats nothing, but its own heart.
They that envy others are their inferiors.
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.
There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of ones fellow man.
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.
He will be loved when dead, who was envied when he was living.
His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken.
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.
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.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
I will give thanks to thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. [Psalms 139:14]
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.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.
It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be self-centered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
Everything in moderation -- including moderation.
He who drinks a glass a day shall live to die another way.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
Even moderation ought not to be practiced to excess.
Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.
Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a case like the present.
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own.
A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves.
We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued.
The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
I'll always be number 1 to myself.
Self-love is not opposed to the love of other people. You cannot really love yourself and do yourself a favor without doing people a favor, and vise versa.
Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.
That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem.
He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
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.
You are indebted to your imagination for three-fourths of your importance.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.
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.
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.
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Whatever your job, it is important if it is what God wants you to do.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
Envy and wrath shorten the life. [Ecclesiasticus]
If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life -- if you cannot look back to those whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty; for your active excretions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it, with powers to save yourself and others.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body.
The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers for ever!
O Krishna, the stillness of divine union which you describe is beyond my comprehension. How can the mind, which is so restless, attain lasting peace? Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, powerful, violent; trying to control it is like trying to tame the wind.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?
You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
The mantram becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.
You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
Walking uplifts the spirit. Breathe out the poisons of tension, stress, and worry; breathe in the power of God. Send forth little silent prayers of goodwill toward those you meet. Walk with a sense of being a part of a vast universe. Consider the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse of space above your head. Walk in awe, wonder, and humility. Walk at all times of day. In the early morning when the world is just waking up. Late at night under the stars. Along a busy city street at noontime.
As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.
All spiritual disciplined are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.
He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.
Return from existence to nonexistence. You are seeking the Lord and you belong to him. Nonexistence is a place of income; flee it not. This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure.
Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.
When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; and when it is full, the spirit becomes body.
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
In the spiritual world there are no time divisions such as the past, present and future; for they have contracted themselves into a single moment of the present where life quivers in its true sense. The past and the future are both rolled up in this present moment of illumination, and this present moment is not something standing still with all its contents, for it ceaselessly moves on.
The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because it brings against them its most formidable weapons.
What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth
The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.
The man or woman who concentrated on Things can hardly be trusted to use those things for the essential good of mankind. Only those who have guided the development of their spirit as well as their mind are really; qualified to use wisely the things that man's reason has enabled him to fashion out of nature's raw materials.
Pure Spirit, one hundred degrees proof -- that's a drink that only the most hardened contemplation-guzzlers indulge in. Bodhisattvas dilute their Nirvana with equal parts of love and work.
Every spirit makes its house, but as afterwards the house confines the spirit, you had better build well.
There is no easy formula for determining right and wrong livelihood, but it is essential to keep the question alive. To return the sense of dignity and honor to manhood, we have to stop pretending that we can make a living at something that is trivial or destructive and still have sense of legitimate self-worth. A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.
Wherever you go, you will always bear yourself about with you, and so you will always find yourself.
As long as I can remember I feel I have had this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand.
It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.
At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will.
He that loseth wealth, loseth much; he that loseth friends, loseth more; but he that loseth his spirit loseth all.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.

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