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Quotations about esteem

We found five great quotations that describe the importance of esteem, each in different ways.  Let’s take a look at what some well-known individuals have said about esteem. 

  • Voltaire: Esteem is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
  • Anonymous: A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
  • Mother Teresa: There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. 
  • Orison Swett Marden: There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable.

These are people who knew the importance of esteem in daily life.

Change for esteem

When we want to make the step toward more esteem in our life this means that we have to make some changes in our lives.  But making changes isn’t always easy. 

There’s a great piece of writing that captures the process of change perfectly.  It’s from “An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson.

Chapter One: I walk down the street and come to a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I fall in; I feel lost – helpless – but it’s not my fault. It takes forever to find my way out.

Chapter Two: I walk down the same street and come to a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I pretend I don’t see it, and fall in again.  I can’t believe I’m in the same place – but it wasn’t my responsibility.  It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three: I walk down the same street and come to a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I see it – but I still fall in.  By now it’s a habit.  But my eyes are open; I know where I am. I take full responsibility. I get out immediately.

Chapter Four:  I walk down the same street and come to deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five: I walk down another street.

We’d call the other street in chapter five the street of a life full of esteem.