quotes

self-worth

You are the only person on earth, who can use your ability. • Zig Ziglar

And Grace calls out, “You are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desperately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted.” Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted. • Brennan Manning

It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts. • Corrie Ten Boom

You are the living product of divine intentionality • Erwin Raphael McManus

Insist on yourself; never imitate. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. • Steve Jobs

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. • Anonymous

When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security.  We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular.  We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of our human limitations.  Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace.  We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves. • Brennan Manning

Find satisfaction in Him who made you, and only then find satisfaction in yourself as part of His creation. • St. Augustine

In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely. • Max Lucado

We are what we believe we are. • C.S. Lewis

Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games or pop psychology. IT IS AN ACT OF FAITH in the God of grace. • Brennan Manning

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be - brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so small that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in us, it’s in everyone.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
• Marianne Williamson, 1992 (Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 Inaugural Speech)

We were made for God and we will be restless until we find rest in him. • St. Augustine

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently—they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. • Steve Jobs

If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail; If you can’t be the sun, be a star; For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail—Be the best of whatever you are. • Douglas Mallock

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. • Mark Twain

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. • Theodore Roosevelt

It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself. • Francis Bacon

To know ourselves and to be true to ourselves is to be true to God. For to be true to ourselves is to be true to how God has made us, how God has crafted our personalities, how God has given us ability and talent. God will call us to serve him in the church and the world; however, this calling will always be consistent with who we are, with whom he created us to be. • Gordon T. Smith

I [am] convinced that what we do is not nearly as important as who we are. • Shane Claiborne

If every life is worthy, every life is also capable of greatness. • Condoleezza Rice

Becoming obsessed with what people think is the quickest way to forget about what God thinks. • Craig Groeschel

The dignity of our individuality (the prints on my soul are as unique as those on my fingers) reflects God's creative genius. • Larry Crabb


Our story is what we have to offer the world. So much more important than being heard is having something to say. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. • Brennan Manning

We are wonderfully unique in our identity, capable of an intimacy with God that makes us feel uniquely special to Him. We are also powerfully deceived by our self-focused approach to life that makes it seem there is no higher pursuit in life than to find ourselves. We are both dignified and depraved. • Larry Crabb

The trick is not caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you and just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you. • Brian Michael Bendis, Comic Book Writer

It takes courage to not only accept our limitations but embrace our potential. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. • Vincent van Gogh

It was only when God created us that he upgraded the compliment and said not only that it was good, but that it was very good. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. • Brennan Manning