William Irvine on Other People’s Opinions

“Marcus agrees with Epictetus that it is foolish for us to worry about what other people think of us and particularly foolish for us to seek the approval of people whose values we reject. Our goal should therefore be to become indifferent to other people’s opinions of us. He adds that if we can succeed in doing this, we will improve the quality of our life.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 168). Oxford University Press.

Hunter Thompson on Self-Respect

“I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Joan Didion on Self-respect

“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others — who are, after all, deceived easily enough”

~ Joan Didion

Mark Twain on Self-Respect

“When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.”

~ Mark Twain