In all of human endeavors, there’s no motivation as noble as just wanting dignity. While it’s typical to strive for success and recognition, to be worthy of respect is something that you can’t put a price on.
To have dignity means to live in a way that you can be proud of, to live conscientiously. It’s to never compromise your values for the sake of money or convenience. It’s to love, to laugh, and to live with compassion. And when things take a drastic turn, we can always be comforted by the fact that we faced every hardship with dignity.
It’s what we have, the core of our humanity; and it is irreplaceable. More importantly, dignity doesn’t hinge on one’s status, wealth, or power — to have dignity simply means to be a human being and the goodness that entails.
Here are 30 dignity quotes inspiring you to demand the respect you deserve.
Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for. – Robert Maynard
Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart. – Luigi Pirandello
One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered. – Michael J. Fox
Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you. – Rob Liano
Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. – Abraham Joshua Heschel
Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don’t think you can, hold on. – James Frey
It’s hard as hell to hold on to your dignity when the risen sun is too bright in your losing eyes, and that’s what I was thinking about as we hunted for bad guys through the ruins of a city that didn’t exist. – John Green
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. – Aristotle
Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. – Laura Hillenbrand
Chasing a person doesn’t give you value or build values in you. You earn your value by chasing morality and practicing dignity. – Shannon L. Alder
Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it. – Rick Bragg
Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity. – Vanna Bonta
The dignity of the individual demands that he be not reduced to vassalage by the largesse of others. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose. – Nelson Mandela
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. – Nelson Mandela
We must build a new world, a far better world one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected. – Harry S. Truman
Nothing is so essential as dignity…Time will reveal who has it and who has it not. – Elizabeth Gilbert
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge. – John Polanyi
Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine. – Charles Dickens
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. – Booker T. Washington
To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man. – Mahatma Gandhi
Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live. – Laura Hillenbrand
There is dignity in your being even if there’s indignity in what you’re doing. – Tariq Ramadan
Our dignity is not in what we do, but in what we understand. – George Santayana
All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection. – Napoleon Bonaparte
What people regard as vanity—leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one’s name from being forgotten—I regard as the highest expression of human dignity. – Paulo Coelho
Remember this, — that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life. – Marcus Aurelius
Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life. – Mahatma Gandhi
Personal dignity is to be measured with the yardstick of one’s conscience, not with that of other people’s judgement. – Fausto Cercignani
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature. – Albert Camus
Remind your loved ones to realize their worth by sharing these 30 dignity quotes.
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