49 Quotes About Low Self Esteem


Dealing with low esteem can have dramatic consequences. These quotes about low self esteem capture the struggle and difficulty that exists.

“Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”

“Diffidence is a sort of false modesty.”

“Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.”

“Erase self-doubt by working to build your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses.”

“Esteem cannot be where there is no confidence, and there can be no confidence where there is no respect.”

“Excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius.”

“I am incredibly self-deprecating. It stems from self-doubt.”

“I can do anything you want me to do so long as I don’t have to speak.”

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

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

“I feel self-doubt whether I’m doing something hard or easy.”

“I know it when I don’t know it. Sometimes I know it when I don’t think I know it. I need to trust myself in these moments, these rare moments of self-doubt.”

“I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.”

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

“I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.”

“If a man, who says he loves you, won’t tell you the details of a private conversation between him and another woman you can be sure he is not protecting your heart. ”

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

“I’m full of self-doubt. I doubt everything I do. Everything I do is a failure.”

“Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.”

“It’s insecurity that is always chasing you and standing in the way of your dreams.”

“It’s not the lack of ability or opportunity that holds you back; it is only a lack of confidence in yourself.”

“I’ve never cheated or been cheated upon. I’ve seen my parents together and secure. So I feel the same way. Infidelity stems from low self-esteem. You want to cheat when you don’t feel good about yourself.”

“I’ve spent most of my life in prison. I was a prisoner of my fear and my low self-esteem.”

“Lack of confidence is what makes you want to change somebody else’s mind. When you’re OK, you don’t need to convince anyone else in order to empower yourself.”

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

“Many of us harbor hidden low self-esteem. We deem everything and everyone more important that ourselves and think that meeting their needs is more important than meeting our own. But if you run out of gas, everyone riding with you will be left stranded.”

“Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward.”

“Most bad behaviour comes from insecurity.”

“Most of my central characters lack confidence but overcome their timidity or low self-esteem to win through in the end, so I suppose there is a kind of wish-fulfillment at work.”

“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.”

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

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.”

“Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failure. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and, they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers.”

“Shyness is just egoism out of its depth.”

“Sometimes people with low self-esteem will try to punish you for caring about them.”

“Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. ”

“The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.”

“The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual.”

“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”

“There is a shyness about me, and I really need to get out more.”

“There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.”

“There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul.”

“Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.”

“To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.”

“When I was small, my most serious handicap was a painful bashfulness in the presence of strangers.”

“When you are in the grips of low self-esteem, it’s painful, and it certainly doesn’t feel like pride. But I believe that this is the dark, quieter side of pride thwarted pride.”

“Women with low self-esteem love bad boys. Women who have work to do love bad boys. Women who love themselves love good men.”

“You know what my greatest personal stumbling block is? My shyness.”

Dealing with low self-esteem does not go without its challenges. Knowing how to handle the difficulties can make recovery easier.

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