Low Self Esteem Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old low self esteem quotes, low self esteem sayings, and low self esteem proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-brake on.     

Maxwell Maltz

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.     

Marcus Garvey

Esteem cannot be where there is no confidence, and there can be no confidence where there is no respect.     

Henry Giles

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.     

Shannon L. Alder

Low self-esteem is no better home to take a refuge. It does not keep you comforted from any danger; it keeps you confined away from your real belongings!     

Israelmore Ayivor

Sometimes people with low self-esteem will try to punish you for caring about them.     

Wayne Gerard Trotman

Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.     

George Carlin

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

Lack of confidence is what makes you want to change somebody else's mind. When you're OK, you don't need to convince anyone else in order to empower yourself.     

Jada Pinkett Smith

It's not the lack of ability or opportunity that holds you back; it is only a lack of confidence in yourself.     

Richard Monckton Milnes

Many of us harbor hidden low self-esteem. We deem everything and everyone more important that ourselves and think that meeting their needs is more important than meeting our own. But if you run out of gas, everyone riding with you will be left stranded.     

T. D. Jakes

When you are in the grips of low self-esteem, it's painful, and it certainly doesn't feel like pride. But I believe that this is the dark, quieter side of pride thwarted pride.     

Edward T Welch

There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.     

Salman Rushdie

Most bad behaviour comes from insecurity.     

Debra Winger

It's insecurity that is always chasing you and standing in the way of your dreams.     

Vin Diesel

Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.     

Harold W. Dodds

Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome, for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, "It's no use - I can't do it.     

Maxwell Maltz

Diffidence is a sort of false modesty.     


Diffidence is not always innocence     

Mme. Necker

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward.     

Joseph Addison

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.     


Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; 't is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort.     

Francis Bacon

Bashfulness may sometimes exclude pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue to sorrow or remorse.     

Samuel Johnson

When I was small, my most serious handicap was a painful bashfulness in the presence of strangers.     

George Mcgovern

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.     

Andre Dubus III

The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual.     

Philip Zimbardo

Shyness is just egoism out of its depth.     

Penelope Keith

There is a shyness about me, and I really need to get out more.     

Priscilla Presley

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.     

Claudia Lady Bird Johnson

You know what my greatest personal stumbling block is? My shyness.     

Susan Lucci