Quotes on Self-Respect

To teach self-discipline, the emphasis should be on self-respect and esteem rather than the use of ridicule, embarrassment, and tears for conduct-improvement tools.  One of the great tragedies that can come in a human’s life is the destruction of self-respect.  This destruction is often self-inflicted.  Elevated expressions of human feelings, example, and courtesy build self-respect.  People are lifted when they are treated as if they already were what they could be.  It is my experience that most thinking people respond better to friendly persuasion than to threats or abuse. — Elder Marvin J. Ashton, “Proper Self-management,” Ensign, November 1976, p. 85