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You’re not going to get every part, so you can’t base your sense of self-worth around whether or not you actually land the job. — Autumn Reeser

My mom gave me enough self-worth to carry me through difficult experiences. She was very loving and accepting. She was like, ‘Whelp, you’re gay? OK, cool.’ — Jillian Michaels

Only when you are aware of the uniqueness of everyone’s individual body will you begin to have a sense of your own self-worth. — Ma Jian

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All my life, I have judged my worth by how much I have been loved by a man. It’s so with a lot of women, that their self-esteem is measured by how much they are loved by a man, their partner, their boyfriend or maybe their husband. In my case, it may be because I grew up without my father. — Katrina Kaif

Sometimes it would be nice to just have some red wine with dinner, but it’s not worth the risk. I have a great life, a great situation. Why would I want to risk self-destructive behaviour? — Kristin Davis

It’s called ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ but it’s really not about crazy rich Asians. It’s about Rachel Chu finding her identity and finding her self-worth through this journey back into her culture. Which, for me as a filmmaker, exploring my cultural identity is the scariest thing. — Jon M. Chu

Sure, the job of high school teachers is not to tear down students’ self-esteem. But it’s certainly not to inflate students’ sense of self-worth with a bunch of unearned compliments and half-truths. — LZ Granderson

I felt like a failure, like somehow my self-worth was tied to my ability to procreate. I didn’t feel like I could talk about it. I did not want other people’s pity, so I mostly kept my story and my feelings to myself. — Virginia Williams

I jumped off the wheel of fortune because I wanted to simplify things. Now I’ve fulfilled my obligations to myself by making my new record. I’d like it to sell millions of copies, but my self – worth is not based on chart positions. — Roland Gift

In the book of Gaga, fame is in your heart, fame is there to comfort you, to bring you self-confidence and worth whenever you need it. — Lady Gaga

My characters are much more famous than I am, so I don’t crave attention; I just crave working and doing good work. Having a feeling of self-worth. — Kayvan Novak

Wanting to be liked means being a supporting character in your own life, using the cues of the actors around you to determine your next line rather than your own script. It means that your self-worth will always be tied to what someone else thinks about you, forever out of your control. — Jessica Valenti

Body love is more than acceptance of self or the acceptance of the body. Body love is about self-worth in general. It’s more than our physical appearance. — Mary Lambert

From the beginning of puberty, I did really badly in school. I was super dyslexic; I was in special ed. I had a hard time reading and writing, so I thought that my self worth was in my looks, how I presented myself, and how other people perceived me. — Petra Collins

Media is not supporting me. They’re saying that I want to marry Imran Khan, but I’m already married. This is wrong. What about my self-worth? My identity? I am a social media sensation. I am a fashion icon. — Qandeel Baloch

I don’t have the feelings of self-worth that a woman should have… and that’s been the center of a lot of my mistakes and a lot of my pain. — Monica Lewinsky

Encouraging young people to believe in themselves and find their own voice whether it’s through writing, drama or art is so important in giving young people a sense of self-worth. — Michael Morpurgo

Lazy doesn’t exist. Lazy is a symptom of something else. The person who can’t get up off their butt is just a person who’s depressed. It’s usually a pervasive lack of self-worth, or a feeling of helplessness. — Jillian Michaels

Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling, and everything to do with how you treat yourself. — Kris Carr

I wasn’t always a minimalist. I used to buy a lot of things, believing that all those possessions would increase my self-worth and lead to a happier life. I loved collecting a lot of useless stuff, and I couldn’t throw anything away. — Fumio Sasaki

You have no idea how fragile an actor’s self-worth is. — Elia Kazan

Even things like supermarket self-checkouts, they do mean people’s jobs go. It’s always worth thinking about the implications of things. Just because something’s easier, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do. — Emily Berrington

When you get stuff for free, you have no self-worth. — Stacey Dash

I grew up in a middle-class family in Jamaica, I had no self-worth issues whatsoever. — John Barnes

Once a week, I like to slip into a deep existential depression where I lose all my sense of oneness and self-worth. — Bo Burnham

Because bankers measure their self-worth in money, and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they’re fine fellows and don’t need to explain themselves. — James Buchan

When I was younger, my whole sense of self-worth was based on whether or not I was working, which was awful. And I had a baby at 20 years old, so it wasn’t just about me. At around the age of 30 there was a stretch where I wasn’t working – certainly not on anything I liked, anyway – and I started to do other things. — Kiefer Sutherland

I think that Mama June has the greatest self-esteem on the planet. I always say to people, ‘If I had her self-worth, I would probably be ruling the world.’ — Blake McIver Ewing

I loved making ‘Rising Sun’. I got into the psychology of why she liked to get strangled and tied up in plastic bags. It has to do with low self-worth. — Tatjana Patitz

When you get into your 40s, it’s all about lighting. It’s hard. You have to face whether the way you look is your self-worth or not. Once you get beyond that, it’s all about what’s in your heart. — Elisabeth Shue

Coming out to gays is a way of affirming sanity and self-worth. — George Weinberg

Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It’s fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people. — William J. Clinton

Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. — Wayne Dyer

I’ve been the best in the world, and I believe my self worth, it’s more important to me than my net worth. — Henry Cejudo

I was so depressed for so many years over trying to become a working comedian that my sense of self-worth would plummet. — Bob Saget

If I had any advice for my 16-year-old self, it would just be to stay strong, because acting is not an easy lifestyle, especially when you are starting out. That being said, it definitely makes it all worth it when it does happen. — Melissa Benoist

Your net worth can fluctuate, but your self-worth should only appreciate. — Chris Gardner

Yoga reduced my stress and bodily tension. It allowed me to bring my body back into balance, to emerge from my fertility struggle with my sense of self esteem and self worth intact, and to forge a stronger bond with my husband. — Brenda Strong

Women must learn to find self-worth within themselves, not through others. It is important to carve out a place just for you. — Georgette Mosbacher

Now and always, hard-line policy and those who embrace it are vessels for darker forces that are at once self-cannibalizing and combustible. No good can come of them. They are unsustainable because their sense of righteousness denies human worth. — Queen Rania of Jordan

I really recommend it, to build a new physical relationship with yourself, and just do it on your own terms, and your own time, it can just give you a different sense of self-worth, and then help with your mental health too. — Kate Nash

That is something that my mother instilled in me at a very young age – to know my self-worth. And I have had times again and again in the fashion industry where all of that was tested and I rose to the occasion because I was told that I am worthy and I should be able to walk away from something that is not worthy of me. — Iman

I’ve never been a conceited person or cocky, never felt boastful, but I always had a sense of self-worth; I always had a real sense of myself. — Will Ferrell

My mother told me to raise my kids with calculated neglect. They get their self-worth from doing what they can do and not having everything done for them. — Lea Thompson

The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity. — Frank Serpico

Playing tennis, I didn’t tie in my self-worth into winning or losing matches. — Martina Navratilova

I was on a path that could’ve really led to disaster, and the one thing for me that really kept me focused and gave me something to believe in and a sense of self-worth and a discipline was music. — Flea

Over the years, I’ve interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I’ve ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth. — Oprah Winfrey

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in Beverly Hills, but I was born with a great deal of self-worth. — Yolanda Hadid

Empathy goes a long way, for sure. We cannot have healthy, loving, mutually respectful relationships without it. But we’re not psychic. At least I’m not. And intuition can only take you so far, especially when a person’s sense of safety, comfort, and self-worth hangs in the balance. — Tony Goldwyn

There is a basic idea to this fighting spirit: that there are standards worth devoting yourself to that are more important than your self-interest. — John Dickerson

If who you were was entirely based upon the position you were in or the headlines you got in the newspaper, or you had essentially subcontracted out your self-worth to the judgments of others, then you’re going to be like tumbleweed. You’re going to be blown. — Stanley A. McChrystal

The best way to avoid falling prey to the opinions of others is to realize that other people’s opinions are just that – opinions. Regardless of how great or terrible they think you are, that’s only their opinion. Your true self-worth comes from within. — Travis Bradberry

I’ve seen a lot of people in my life base their self-worth on what job they book or don’t book, what car they drive, or whether they can afford a house deposit or not. — Rachel Shenton

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. — John Burroughs

I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that? — Soledad O’Brien

When you know your self-worth, and you read and you ask questions and you study and you travel, you become free. — KRS-One

I think if you’re young and you’re being compared with a successful family member, it’s really hard to maintain any sense of self-worth and credibility. — Duncan Jones

Some men feel threatened by the idea of feminism. This comes, I think, from the insecurity triggered by how boys are brought up, how their sense of self-worth is diminished if they are not ‘naturally’ in charge as men. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Self-esteem doesn’t have to just be about the way you look; it can be about your talents and passions. All of those things can build someone’s confidence and show them that they have self worth and they are important. — Franchesca Ramsey

I’ve always been a very artsy person, and I always preach self-confidence and knowing your worth. — James Charles

If all of your self worth and esteem is invested in how much you consume, how many likes you get, or other quantifiable measures, the desire to simply possess things trumps our ability or capability to make moral connections with people around us. — Larry Harvey

I know from personal experience how fear and low self worth can cripple one’s ability to succeed in life. But with a little support, caring and inspiration, miracles can happen. — Richard Hatch

It is very dangerous to have your self-worth riding on your results as an athlete. — Jim Courier

A conviction that you are a daughter of God gives you a feeling of comfort in your self-worth. It means that you can find strength in the balm of Christ. It will help you meet the heartaches and challenges with faith and serenity. — James E. Faust

But, clearly to me, what I’ve come to see is that that happened because I didn’t have enough feelings of self-worth. So that I didn’t feel that… I was worthy of being number one to a man. — Monica Lewinsky

Education brings a sense of confidence and self-worth to yourself. — Manushi Chhillar

Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia – even during times of stress and fatigue. — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

One’s own self-worth is tied to the worth of the community to which one belongs, which is intimately connected to humanity in general. What happens in Darfur becomes an assault on my own community, and on me as an individual. That’s what the human family is all about. — Wole Soyinka

I don’t have a strong sense of self-worth unless I’m doing something. — Gwen Stefani

Resentments and grudges are two of the main culprits that perpetuate cycles of self-abuse and victimhood. Stowed away inside you like parasites, they deplete you of your God-given life force and separate you from your inherent worth, your joy, and the love in your heart. — Debbie Ford

I was encouraged to use my voice and explore my passions outside of the sport. And when I did that, I was finally able to realize my true self-worth. I was more than that of a gymnast. — Katelyn Ohashi

When you become a slave to a public persona and don’t feel comfortable without it, it becomes a shield, and it shouldn’t come at the expense of your self-worth. — Gugu Mbatha-Raw

There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war – nothing material or ideological – no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating. — George Wald

They say depression is just anger turned inward. Sometimes I turn it outwards, sometimes I turn it inward, but I know it’s about self-worth. — Vic Mensa

We don’t take on Google Glass or the self-driving car project or Project Loon unless we think that on a risk-adjusted basis, it’s worth Google’s money to do it. — Astro Teller

I won’t share everything, both in my act or in interviews. Some of the people who become the most famous are the most self-revelatory, and I’m like, ‘No, it’s just not worth it to me.’ — Nick Kroll

Women of worth are those who want positive change for themselves, their families, community or society, which I think is important. For me, a woman of worth is someone who has self -espect, who believes that she can change things in society. — Sonam Kapoor

L’Oreal’s slogan ‘because you’re worth it’ has come to epitomise banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card. — Geoff Mulgan

When I’ve lost weight, some fans get very upset because they want me to stay curvy. But my own self-worth and wellness regime has to do with my well-being and longevity, so if I make the choice to take care of myself, and the outcome is losing weight, it’s disappointing that there might be some backlash. — Sara Ramirez

My acting gives me my self-worth. — Elizabeth Banks

When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it. — Mark Victor Hansen

The fact that people want to learn from you gives you confidence as well, especially if someone in an IPL dressing room that you respect comes up to you and asks how you do something. Your self-worth starts to improve. — Jos Buttler

Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending. — Virginia Satir

Hateful words stand no chance against self-worth and a little of humor. — Iskra Lawrence

The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one’s own mind. — F. H. Bradley

I never read reviews – I never have. I’ve never read message boards, either. I’m just not interested in it in any way – I’m not interested in it inflating my ego, and I’m not interested in it improving my self-worth. So, I don’t read them. — Kate Levering

Realizing that we’ve surrendered our self-esteem to others and choosing to be accountable for our own self-worth would mean absorbing the terrifying fact that we’re always vulnerable to pain and loss. — Martha Beck

You may be basing a portion of your self-worth on your bank account without even realizing it. Try to pinpoint the activities and qualities that, free of charge, fulfill you. — Jean Chatzky

Sticking to a diet required me to have a permanently low self-esteem. But happily, I developed other skills beyond a fluctuating weight, eventually building up a different source of self-worth. — Arabella Weir

As much as I loathe this aging thing, I’m beginning to recognize that I am now a healthier person in terms of self-worth and knowing who I am and where I fit in the world. That’s been a good trade-off for the wrinkles. — Patty Duke

No one can make you happy. No one can help you grow in life more than you can. I can love you to death, but I can only go so far. I can inspire and encourage you as much as I can, but when you play an active role to find that self-security and that self-worth, it makes the difference. — Musiq Soulchild

I have a theory that confidence comes from self-worth. — Sonya Deville

I don’t judge my self-worth as a football player. Football is something I love. It’s a fun career deal, but it’s not what I want to do with my life, because I see football as a game. — Tim Tebow

Trump is somebody who sees the media as basically his main constituency. So much of his self-worth and his image and his view of what the presidency should be about is the media and how he is reflected in the media. — David Fahrenthold

I feel there is a big sense of accomplishment and achievement and self worth through what you do no matter what the job, no matter what you decide to dedicate your life to. — Xochi Birch

Because it’s so easy to medicate our need for self-worth by pandering to win followers, ‘likes’ and view counts, social media have become the metier of choice for many people who might otherwise channel that energy into books, music or art – or even into their own Web ventures. — Neil Strauss

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. — Michelangelo

Social media websites are no longer performing an envisaged function of creating a positive communication link among friends, family and professionals. It is a veritable battleground, where insults fly from the human quiver, damaging lives, destroying self-esteem and a person’s sense of self-worth. — Anthony Carmona

Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth. — Sydney Madwed

When you please others in hopes of being accepted, you lose you self-worth in the process. — Dave Pelzer

I think that we need to allow words to be words. If my self-esteem and my self-worth linger on words that are used to describe me, then you have a problem in itself. — Philomena Kwao

I know what it’s like to turn the page of a magazine and not see anyone like you. It takes a lot, a lot, a lot of talking to yourself to confirm your self-worth. — Prabal Gurung

If you’re like me, and self-motivation just doesn’t get the job done, maybe a little fitness-app competition is just what you need to ignite your need to get moving. It’s worth a shot! — Stephanie Ruhle

If a person’s self-worth derives from being the only woman in the field, how much affection can she feel toward another woman who might challenge that claim to fame? — Eileen Pollack

I think it’s hard to leave a relationship that you shouldn’t be in. It’s a self thing and not really realizing your worth and how much you deserve in love. — Ravyn Lenae

It’s worth being clear – you know, I think that the ideas that somebody like Richard Spencer endorses and that other members of the self-identified white nationalist groups endorse – those ideas really are repellent to most people. — Evan Osnos

If I couldn’t get to where I wanted to by being my organic self – which is a smart, funny, unapologetically black woman – then I felt like it’s not worth doing it if I can’t do it the most organic way possible. Which is why I left the music business. — Amanda Seales

I do think moms should be given a break, all across the board. And I think that the most important thing is that you’re healthy. After I had my little girl, I wanted to be healthy for her and have a healthy body image so that she hopefully grows up to see that her self worth isn’t defined by how thin she is. — Busy Philipps

If you don’t know your worth, if you don’t know your value, if you don’t know how fantabulous you are – it’s going to be hard for other people to see it. Being appreciative of self is beauty to me. — Kelly Rowland

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

Self-respect is a commodity worth cleaving to. — Diane Lane

If you feel like the beginning of your history is rooted in slavery, that really, I think, messes with your sense of self, your self-esteem, and your self-worth. — David Oyelowo

I have learned to become not an M.D. but a ‘C.D.’ for the wounded people I meet. Yes, a ‘Chosen Dad’ who may not like their behavior but loves and reparents them and helps them to heal their lives and find self-worth and self-esteem and save their lives. — Bernie Siegel

In film, you’re so much in the hands and at the mercy of the editor, so sometimes it’s good to watch it just to see how it turns out – it can be so different than how you imagined it. But sometimes it’s better to just let it go for your own sense of self worth. — Finn Wittrock

I like to work. I believe that work helps us find our self worth. — Ruth Reichl

All the research shows that being married, with all its ups and downs, is by far the most effective way of making young men law-abiding and giving them a sense of purpose and self-worth. — Ferdinand Mount

Being born into a Malayali family that followed a matriarchal system, I always felt loved and had a high sense of self-worth. — Gita Gopinath

A feeling of self worth is the best accomplishment we can foster in our prisons. — Yolanda King

We women often gauge our own self-worth by the quality of our interactions with our lovers. And often these interactions are interpreted for, described for, processed by our women friends. Relationships are the conduits through which flows our connection with each other. — Carrie Preston

If you do base your life on how many touchdowns you score, how many championships you win, then when you have a setback, then when you have an injury, you’re not playing, or something goes wrong, your self-worth goes down. — Tim Tebow

A lot of my self-worth is based on what I do. And if you take that away I just mope. — Simone Giertz

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