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Dignity quotes and quotations

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
Philip Massinger

Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are all something, but none of us are everything.
Blaise Pascal

Poverty won't allow him to lift up his head; dignity won't allow him to bow it down.
Madagasy Proverb

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Douglass

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
W. Somerset Maugham

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
Jane Haddam

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
George Santayana

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.
Joan Didion

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
Emma Goldman

Don't be disquieted in time of adversity. Be firm with dignity and self-reliant with vigor.
Chiang Kai-Shek

No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.
Marian Wright Edelman

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.
Robert Maynard

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain

Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
Michel de Montaigne

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
Washington Irving

Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.
John Brown

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

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.
Luigi Pirandello

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle

To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person. He has to have confidence in himself as an individual.
Sidonie Gruenberg

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
James Thurber

All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
George Santayana

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
William J. H. Boetcker

The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Dag Hammarskjold

Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.
Robert Maynard

Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.
Virginia Woolf

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
Joan Didion

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
Rabbi Abraham Heschel

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
Tennessee Williams

When boasting ends, there dignity begins.
Owen D. Young

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?
Cicero

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
Romain Gary

Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it.
Christina

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
Bonaro W. Overstreet

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else.
Cardinal De Retz

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
Elbert Hubbard

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
Abraham J. Heschel

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.
Washington Irving

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
Michael J. Fox

Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together.
Ovid