I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone – and hurt them to the bone – you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time.
This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
Even Catholic parishes today are not wanting for talent. But no serious singer or organist will get anywhere near the typical music program, at least if he wants to retain his self-respect.
The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen.
The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.
The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense, with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his vision of America on the world stage.
In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.
I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.
My show is my statement. What I have to say is on the screen. My life is my own. I don’t want to talk about my private self. Why should I?
To be completely stripped bare of any image power or my hair. To step onstage and get the response that I got blew any problems I had about self-image out the door.
I don’t take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.
People don’t place their trust in government or company pension plans; they have to be self-reliant.
When I read the pilot ‘for Married with Children’, it just reminded me of my Uncle Joe… just a self-deprecating kind of guy. He’d come home from work, and the wife would maybe say ‘I ran over the dog this morning in the driveway’. And he would say ‘Fine, what’s for dinner?
Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one’s self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
When I severe my connections with the A.I.A. I do so with my own self respect, as a matter of pride and I am sure within your knowledge of my character.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
Everyone’s projecting onto you, or you feel like everyone is judging you. I feel like I’m being judged a lot of the time. You become really self-conscious.
The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
Unlike other peoples the United States found their origin in a deliberate act of corporate self-assertion, and ever since the Revolution every little American has been taught to associate himself personally with this creative act.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
I think the enemy is self-censorship. In a free society the biggest danger is that you’re afraid to the point where you censor yourself.
Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.
The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.
There’s a certain logic to systems, and that logic is fairly self-evident. It’s very straightforward, usually. It might take a little research, it might take a little bit of industry to prize it out, but it’s there to be seen.
Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
I think the ability to focus is a thread that runs through so-called successful people. And that’s something that can be developed. It can be self-taught.