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Self-love is the strong sense of respect for and confidence in oneself. Loving oneself differs from being arrogant, conceited or egocentric, instead focusing on caring about oneself, taking responsibility for oneself, respecting oneself, and knowing oneself (e.g. being realistic and honest about one's strengths and weaknesses).


  • Self-love is a principle of action; but among no class of human beings has nature so profusely distributed this principle of life and action as through the whole sensitive family of genius.
    • Isaac D'Israeli, The Literary Character, Illustrated by the History of Men of Genius (1795-1822), Chapter XV
  • Now, so far as I can judge, self-love is the root of all evil;
    • Helen Keller, The Story of My Life. (AmazonClassics Edition) p. 104.
  • Since the world does not really believe in God, in the long run the God-fearing person must really love himself. The God-fearing person does not love what the world loves, but then what is left—God and himself. The world takes God away, and therefore the God-fearing person loves himself. The world regards the fear of God as self-love.
    • Søren Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers, II 1613 (Pap. VIII.1 A283) n. d., 1847, as cited in Works of Love (Kierkegaard)|Works of Love, note on pp. 468-469
  • Ofttimes nothing profits more
    Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
    Well manag'd.
  • To observations which ourselves we make,
    We grow more partial for th' observer's sake.
  • O villainous! I have looked upon the world for four times seven years; and since I could distinguish betwixt a benefit and an injury, I never found man that knew how to love himself.
  • This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind:—it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
    • Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique portatif ("A Philosophical Dictionary") (1764), Self-Love

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 697.
  • He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
  • Wer sich nicht zu viel dünkt ist viel mehr als er glaubt.
    • He who does not think too much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sprüche in Prosa, III
  • A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claims of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.
  • Voyez le beau rendez-vous qu'il me donne; cet homme là n'a jamais aimé que lui-même.
    • Behold, the fine appointment he makes with me; that man never did love any one but himself.
    • Mme. de Maintenon, when Louis XIV. in dying said, "Nous nous renverrons bientôt." (We shall meet again).
  • Le moi est haïssable.
  • But respect yourself most of all.
    • Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans
  • Sans doute
    Je peux apprendre à coqueriquer: je glougloute.
  • Without doubt
    I can teach crowing: for I gobble.
  • Et sonnant d'avance sa victoire,
    Mon chant jaillit si net, si fier, si peremptoire,
    Que l'horizon, saisi d'un rose tremblement,
    • And sounding in advance its victory,
      My song jets forth so clear, so proud, so peremptory.
      That the horizon, seized with a rosy trembling,
      Obeys me.
    • Edmond Rostand, Chanticleer, Act II, scene 3
  • Je recule
    Ébloui de me voir moi même tout vermeil
    Et d'avoir, moi, le coq, fait élever le soleil.
    • I fall back dazzled at beholding myself all rosy red,
      At having, I myself, caused the sun to rise.
    • Edmond Rostand, Chanticleer, Act II, scene 3
  • I am the most concerned in my own interests.
  • L'amour-propre offensé ne pardonne jamais.
    • Offended self-love never forgives.
    • Vizée, Les Aveux Difficiles, VII

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