65 Low Self Esteem Quotes On Success In Life

These low self esteem quotes will inspire you. Low self-esteem means not thinking much of yourself as a person, or not holding yourself in high regard.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging low self esteem quotes, low self esteem sayings, and low self esteem proverbs.

Best Low Self Esteem Quotes

  1. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up, I have to cut others down.’ Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.” ~ Pope Francis
  2. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” ~ Maxwell Maltz
  3. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~ William Gibson
  4. “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.” ~ Jay Leno
  5. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. “I suffer the terrible disease of low self-esteem.” ~ Julie Bowen
  7. “Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.” ~ Anthony Trollope
  8. “I think if you exercise, your state of mind – my state of mind – is usually more at ease, ready for more mental challenges. Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.” ~ Stone Gossard
  9. “I didn’t want to go down any scarier path of low self-esteem than I was already on the track for. So during my second year of college I was like, ‘I’m over it! I have to go see what this other thing called life is about!” ~ Anna Chlumsky
  10. “I had low self-esteem.” ~ Jennifer O’Neill

  11. “Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable!” ~ Angelina Jolie
  12. “Girls’ inner critics are starting to reveal themselves at a younger and younger age. And body image issues are an aspect of their lives which is causing them low self esteem and day-to-day suffering.” ~ Elizabeth Berkley
  13. “There’s a danger in loving somebody too much, and it’s sad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust.” ~ Patty Smyth , Sad low self esteem quotes
  14. “I refuse to follow the rules where society tries to control people with low self esteem.” ~ Kanye West
  15. “And she’s feeling like her worth is between her legs.” ~ Ja Rule

  16. “Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.” ~ Theodore Kaczynski
  17. “I am the assasin of my dreams.” ~ Henry Rollins
  18. “I hate when counselors and teachers blame everything on low self-esteem in teens. Some of us actually have self-esteem, believe it or not. And when we make mistakes, it’s not because of a defect in our psyche. We screw up just because.” ~ Niki Burnham
  19. “The gears of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness and low self-esteem interact to create a kind of perpetual failure machine that grinds down dreams from generation to generation. We all bear the cost of keeping it running. Illiteracy is its linchpin.” ~ Carl Sagan
  20. “I approach most things in life with a dangerous level of confidence to balance my generally low self-esteem.” ~ Roxane Gay

  21. “I never had a low self-esteem that would make me gay. At one point, though, the reverse happened. Being homosexual led me to have a loss of self-esteem when I first became aware of society’s attitudes about homosexuality.” ~ Aaron Fricke
  22. “Good! Hang in there! It’s normal! [Low self-esteem] Often it’s a sign of intelligence (but don’t let that go to your head haha)” ~ Patrick Stump
  23. “Yes I think I’m okay, walked into the door again.” ~ Suzanne Vega
  24. “When I get the strength to leave, you always tell me that you need me. And I’m weak cause I believe you and I’m mad because I love you. So I stop and think that maybe you could learn to appreciate me, and it all remains the same that you ain’t never gonna change.” ~ Ashanti
  25. “You know, I’ll always be your slave ’til I’m buried, buried in my grave.” ~ Sam Cooke

  26. “I lay my head on the railroad track, waitin’ on the Double E. But the train don’t run by here no more, poor, poor, pitiful me.” ~ Warren Zevon
  27. “I just want you inside, baby, we don’t need to talk about promises.” ~ Janet Jackson
  28. “Grosvenor and Burke suggest that continually, though silently, a school building tells students who they are and how they should think about the world. It can help to manufacture rote obedience or independent activity; it can create high self-confidence or low self-esteem.” ~ Alison Lurie , Low self esteem quotes and confidence
  29. “I was a painfully shy, awkward kid, with low self-esteem and almost no social skills. Online, I didn’t have a problem talking to people or making friends. But in the real world. interacting with other people – especially kids my own age – made me a nervous wreck. I never knew how to act or what to say, and when I did work up the courage to speak, I always seemed to say the wrong thing.” ~ Ernest Cline
  30. “So many comics have such low self-esteem.” ~ Debra Wilson

  31. “I wear black on the outside
    ‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside.” ~ Steven Morrissey
  32. “Society. The same society, I might add, that dictates that little girls should always be sugar and spice and everything nice, which encourages them not to be assertive. And that, in turn, then leads to low self-esteem, which can lead to eating disorders and increased tolerance and acceptance of domestic, sexual, and substance abuse.” “You get all that from a pink Onesie?” Leah said after a moment.” ~ Sarah Dessen
  33. “If you go to any nunnery and ask them what the main obstacle is, they’ll always say low self-esteem and lack of confidence. It will take time. But the difference between the first girls from Ladakh who became nuns, to the girls we have now, is very encouraging.” ~ Tenzin Palmo
  34. “I took notes on the people around me, in my town, in my family, in my memory. I took notes on my own state of mind, my grandiosity, the low self-esteem. I wrote down the funny stuff I overheard. I learned to be like a ship’s rat, veined ears trembling, and I learned to scribble it all down.” ~ Anne Lamott
  35. “Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” ~ George Carlin

  36. “Sometimes people with low self-esteem will try to punish you for caring about them.” ~ Wayne Gerard Trotman
  37. “I get literally a physical sensation of low self-esteem that is a result of not engaging the world and getting comfortable that way.” ~ Judd Apatow
  38. “I have really low self-esteem, and it’s not easy for me to put myself on an album cover.” ~ Bradford Cox
  39. “Self-justification, therefore, is not only about protecting high self-esteem; it’s also about protecting low self-esteem if that is how a person sees himself.” ~ Elliot Aronson
  40. “I think, head up and shoulders back. Not only does it make you look taller and thinner but it gives you confidence and boosts your self-esteem.” ~ Shelley Long

  41. “Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.” ~ Stephen Covey
  42. “Perhaps the most extraordinary popular delusion about the violence of the past quarter-century is that it is caused by low self-esteem. That theory has been endorsed by dozens of prominent experts, has inspired school programs designed to get kids to feel better about themselves, and in the late 1980s led the California legislature to form a Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem. Yet Baumeister has shown that the theory could not be more spectacularly, hilariously, achingly wrong. Violence is a problem not of too little self-esteem but of too much, particularly when it is unearned.” ~ Steven Pinker
  43. “It’s been said that alcoholics are egomaniacs with low self-esteem. It’s the prefect description. Being larger than life and yet your pride is crushed with self-loathing.” ~ Gary Oldman
  44. “One possible sign of low self-esteem is suppressing parts of yourself so you can fill someone else’s expectations of what you should be. You try to fill someone else’s (or your own) prescription of perfection, instead of being yourself and embracing your originality.” ~ Robin Meade
  45. “I don’t take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.” ~ James Taylor

  46. “Poverty is about low, self-esteem and a lack of role models and opportunities. Without money, people resort to de-dignifying activities in order to support themselves. We free people through education and entrepreneurship. Freedom is self-determination, and you can’t self-determine without understanding money and capitalism.” ~ John Hope Bryant
  47. “Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.” ~ Frederick Salomon Perls
  48. “With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked. In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted. Cause I love to be loved.” ~ Peter Gabriel
  49. “Won’t someone please answer my prayers before I’m old and gray. I’ve been lonely too long and all my family thinks I’m gay.” ~ Rod Stewart
  50. “You don’t have to say you love me, just be close at hand. You don’t have to stay forever, I will understand.” ~ Dusty Springfield

  51. “No matter how fast I run, I can’t get away from me.” ~ Jackson Browne
  52. “My narrators tend to be women with low self-esteem, so I can send them to charm school.” ~ Elinor Lipman
  53. “I have low self-esteem and I always have. Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough.” ~ Lil’ Kim
  54. “Nobody told me you were cheating, it’s just a feeling I had. So if I’m right, you got to lie to me, then I won’t feel so bad.” ~ Brook Benton
  55. “Why stay with him, he uses you just like a human punching bag?” ~ Ray Davies

  56. “Now all that’s left of me, is what I pretend to be. So together, but so broken up inside.” ~ Kelly Clarkson
  57. “Proud to steal her anything she sees, but you will wind up peeking through her keyhole down upon your knees.” ~ Bob Dylan
  58. “Snot is running down his nose, greasy fingers, smearing shabby clothes.” ~ Jethro Tull
  59. “Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being.” ~ Elvis Costello
  60. “The joke that you laid in the bed that was me.” ~ Alanis Morissette

  61. “The one that rambles for a million miles, yes, I walk down this road searching for your love.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
  62. “The road to nowhere leads to me.” ~ Ozzy Osbourne
  63. “Those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home, inventing lovers on the phone.” ~ Janis Ian

  64. “Though you treat me badly, I love you madly.” ~ Smokey Robinson
  65. “Fear of success is far more dangerous than fear of failure because the subconscious mind works to prevent that which it fears. People may fear success because of low self-esteem and feeling of not deserving it; because it will increase what others expect of them. Fear of success shows up as anxiety, indecision, avoidance, procrastination or acceptance of mediocrity.” ~ Joe Ty

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