25 Self-Esteem Quotes For Her (That Are Very Powerful)

— Researched and written by Dr. Sandip Roy.

Self-esteem is your estimate of your worthiness and competence.

Note the emphasis on the word “your.” You’re the best person to assess and define your self-esteem. No one else should get to define it for you.

According to studies, having a strong sense of self-esteem correlates with having a higher degree of happiness.

Self-esteem is how much self-confidence you have in your abilities and how much self-worth you fix on yourself.

Don’t put much stock in what others think of you. Don’t rest your self-esteem on your victories or setbacks, both of which are temporary.

You can measure your self-esteem (learn it later in this post). You can also raise your self-esteem with mindfulness.

[This post is a part of our series on Powerful Quotes For Her. Check out another one: Self-Love Quotes For Women.]

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Self-Esteem Quotes For Her

Learn some powerful psychology-backed secrets of self-esteem as you scroll through these quotes. Keep this page bookmarked as you would like to return here.

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“You get in life what you have the courage for.”

– Anon
self-esteem-You get in life

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“Don’t take advice from someone you don’t want to become.
They either undermine your self-esteem or overstuff your ego.”

self-esteem - don't take advice

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Self-esteem is a part of positive psychology. Researchers have shown that high self-esteem is linked with higher levels of happiness and well-being.

While low self-esteem is a diagnostic criterion or a symptom of roughly two dozen mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.

People with low self-esteem lack clarity about their identity, are sensitive to social queries, and tend to overgeneralize things. Interestingly, they are also less sensitive to pain and more resistant to change.

Sadly, they reject positive feedback and, instead, focus on the negative information about themselves, as discovered by Epstein & Morling in 1995 and Campbell in 1999.

You can't go back and change the beginning

These people want to raise their self-esteem, but intriguingly, they prefer to do it via indirect methods, like associating with those who have high esteem, found the research team of Brown, Collins & Schmidt, in 1988.

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“To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.”

— Sandra Bierig

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

— Maxwell Maltz, author of the multi-generational bestseller Psycho-Cybernetics
low self-esteem is driving with brake

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Success and achievement don’t always guarantee high self-esteem. Successful people can have problems with self-esteem.

According to researchers, success can add value to a person’s self-esteem only when it is in a field that is important to their self-identity.

For example, buttoning our shirts properly is not a big achievement for most of us, but it may be a great personal success for an intellectually challenged person.

The pursuit of self-esteem can sometimes be pointless.

Crocker and Park’s 2004 studies on self-esteem and success found that when driven by a desperate need for achievement in a certain domain, the pursuit of self-esteem can lead to undesirable results.

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“Our self-feeling in this world depends entirely on what we back ourselves to be and do. … thus, Self-esteem = Success / Pretensions.”

— William James, author of the first American book on psychology
self-esteem is the ratio of success and pretensions

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“Don’t let anyone define you by your past mistakes. You’re not your past.
You took your lessons, so you don’t need their reminders.”

don't let others remind your past mistakes

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gems of Literature, 1900
greatest glory ,,, in rising

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“Why define your self-esteem by giving more weight to others’ opinions than your own? You’ve lived with yourself more than anybody else. So, your opinions about yourself matter more than theirs.”

you lived more with yourself

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“By self-esteem, we mean a favorable global evaluation of oneself.”

— Roy Baumeister, author of Willpower

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“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

— M. Scott Peck

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For their child to have strong self-esteem, parents must accept their child’s strengths and weaknesses warmly and lovingly.

  • Parents who are indifferent to their children, as well as those who are absent frequently (or for long periods of time), are more likely to have children with low self-esteem (Clark and Barber, 1994).
  • Moreover, this effect may be more pronounced in male children (Miller, 1984).

A simple approval by parents is not associated with healthy self-esteem.

I have seen quite a few tantrums-prone children in my clinic who have been overpraised by their parents for the child’s every little act. I have always advised them to check their behavior or else, they are more likely to seed narcissistic personality issues in their child.

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“Do not base your self-esteem too much on your successes or failures, neither of which lasts forever.”

— Dr. Sandip Roy
sucess or failure doesn't last

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Healthy self-esteem can also help us stay enthusiastic about going to work every day, even when the commute is too long and the weather isn’t so nice. Scientists refer to this motivation toward work as an “intrinsic work value.”

A 2020 study examined data over 23 years to find that high levels of “intrinsic work values” in youth had links to positive emotions in adulthood.

It means those who love their work are happier people.

Interestingly, other studies also link intrinsic work values with higher self-esteem in adolescence and adulthood.

It means those with a good amount of self-esteem love their work and are keen to go to work.

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▪ “Self-esteem is the conviction that one is competent to live and worthy of living.”

– Nathaniel Branden
self-esteem is convictiion worthy of living

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“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

– Malcolm S. Forbes

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“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

– Louise L. Hay

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“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

– Harvey Fierstein
define yourself

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According to Coopersmith,1967, there are 4 sources of self-esteem, discovering:

  1. Power (the ability to influence or control others),
  2. Significance (being valued by others as evidenced by their acceptance),
  3. Virtue (adherence to moral norms), and
  4. Competence (a successful performance in regard to a goal).

In relationships, whether personal or professional, acceptance increases while rejection decreases self-esteem. If people feel they are not valued or respected or loved, their self-esteem suffers. Rejection may come in many forms, like being ignored, devalued, used, mistreated, or abandoned.

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

– William James

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“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”

– Diane Von Furstenberg

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

– Robert Hand

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Low self-esteem is characterized by feelings like hypersensitivity, self-consciousness, lack of self-confidence, overcautiousness about possible threats, risk avoidance, depression, pessimism, loneliness, and alienation.

Childhood abuse, especially gender traumatization, can cause severely low self-esteem, along with many other problems such as depression, anxiety, binge eating, and self-injury, lasting through many years of adult life.

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

– Sharon Salzberg (quoting Buddha)

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“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.”

– Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

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▪ “Self-esteem is the balance between self-competence and self-worth.”

– Positive Psychology
balance between worth and competennce

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▪ “Low self-esteem people utilize self-protective strategies, characterized by an unwillingness to take risks, focusing on avoiding their bad qualities.”

– Campbell and Lavallee (1993)

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▪ “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”

– Shannon L. Alder

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▪ “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

– Lucille Ball
love yourself first

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▪ “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have.”

– Parker Palmer

Measuring Self-Esteem

Here’s how you can test your self-esteem, using the Single-Item Self-Esteem Scale developed by Robins, Hendin, & Trzesniewski (2001):

Ask yourself how much you agree with this statement: “I have high self-esteem.”

test your self esteem
Infographic: Single-Item Self-Esteem Scale

Then assign a score to your response ranging from 1 to 7, as shown below:

Strongly Disagree1
More or Less Disagree3
More or Less Agree4
Strongly Agree7

Final Words

Self-esteem is your overall subjective sense of personal worth or value.

“Self-esteem is the lived status of one’s competence at dealing with the challenges of living in a worthy way over time.”

— Christopher Mruk, professor of psychology, Self-Esteem: Research, Theory, and Practice
  • Researchers have linked low self-esteem to depression, emotional lability (a tendency for strong emotions to occur in both directions), and low internal locus of control (a generalized belief that the self is not in control of what happens).
  • Low self-esteem may make people fall short of their potential, and tolerate abusive relationships and environments.
  • Excessively high self-esteem can also be bad. It can lead to a sense of entitlement and an inability to learn from failures.
  • Narcissistic people score high on self-esteem, but this does not mean that every high self-esteem person is narcissistic.

So, we must try to have a balance in our self-esteem.

This post is a part of our series on Powerful Quotes For Her. You should check out another one: Self-Love Quotes For Women.

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