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Let a man then know his worth, and keep things under his feet. Let him not peep or steal, or skulk up and down with the air of a charity-boy, a bastard, or an interloper.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. - Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.