Dignity Quotes

“Dignity is like air… When there’s enough of it, you don’t notice it. You don’t think about it. When there’s a lack of air, you suffocate.” Ch.3 It’s All About Dignity

“Not all anger is indignation. Usually indignant people fight for justice against those who are equal or stronger.” Ch.16 Sam’s Story

“When you’re angry you defend yourself. When you’re indignant, you defend someone who is less fortunate or weaker.” Ch.16 Sam’s Story

“You have dignity no matter what other people think.” Ch.17 What Dignity Is Not

“Being worthy of esteem or honor rests inside everyone—just like a brilliant diamond lies within each rough stone. Each human being is born with this potential worthiness, so each human being has dignity.” Ch.17 What Dignity Is Not

“When people ask ‘What is your worth?’ or ‘Am I worthy?’ they actually mean ‘What is your dignity?’ and ‘What is my dignity?’” Ch.17 What Dignity Is Not

“To have a high repute, or reputation, means that people have a high, positive opinion of that person.” Ch.19 Repute and Honor

“Dignity is not honor. People used to kill themselves for honor, but that ain’t dignity.” Ch.19 Repute and Honor

“As a measure of human value, the concept of dignity helps people find their places in the social hierarchy.” Ch.21 Degree

“On one hand, dignity ranks people on the ladder, which shows inequality. On the other hand, we all have equal, unlimited human dignity where everyone’s the same.” Ch.22 Rank

“The words are just words. You decide what those words mean. You also give those words the power to hurt or not to hurt you.” Ch.24 Nobility

“Noble people have dignity, and they don’t let other people humiliate them.” Ch.24 Nobility

“Pride and dignity are different. Dignity assumes high moral qualities… A thief can have pride in his skill, but people don’t see any dignity in ripping people off.” Ch.25 Proper Pride

“Dignity is about respect not to just myself but to others around me.” Ch.26 Self-Respect

“Dignity is not self-respect. A thief can respect himself, but he doesn’t respect others, and other people don’t respect him.” Ch.26 Self-Respect

“People question themselves and constantly evaluate and estimate each other’s worth.” Ch.27 Self-Esteem

“Self-esteem is someone’s estimation of his or her worth compared to others. Dignity is knowing the truth about one’s own worth.” Ch.27 Self-Esteem

“The truth is that everyone is worthy.” Ch.28 The Truth

“Self-esteem is about self-evaluation. It may be right; it may be wrong. To hold yourself in esteem means you value yourself highly.” Ch.28 The Truth

“Dignity is the truth about you and about others. You might not discover the truth right away, if ever, but knowing the basics will help guide you.” Ch.28 The Truth

“Even if you think you’ve got low self-esteem, knowing you have dignity will help you feel peaceful and hopeful about yourself.” Ch.28 The Truth

“When a man has integrity it means his essence is unbroken… He is one and the same no matter where he is. The main quality of a man of integrity is honesty. A man stands by his word, and his word can be trusted. He does what he says he’ll do.” Ch.29 Integrity

“People may not be honest or have integrity, but every human being has dignity.” Ch.29 Integrity

“Dignity is not just a quality or virtue; dignity is innate in a man’s nature. His internal unlimited potential can be seen in his achievements. Yet even if a person hasn’t achieved anything, he still has human dignity.” Ch.29 Integrity

“Legacy is what people leave after their death—a memory of themselves in other people’s minds.” Ch.33 Legacy

“When a man lives his life with dignity, he is remembered for it. That memory is a man’s legacy.” Ch.33 Legacy

“Dignity relates to the legacy of people. What people leave when they die is their legacy, and that is their true dignity.” Ch.33 Legacy

“Dignity is concerned with the truth about people, and many people do not want to face the truth.” Ch.36 Night Conversation

“Dignity is a word that shouldn’t be hidden away. Life is about dignity. Everything that matters to each of us is about dignity. We may not use the actual word, but that’s really what we mean.” Ch.36 Night Conversation

“Dignity is hidden in everything we say—every thought and action. We may not recognize or notice it, but we always talk about dignity. Just like the concept of life itself, people intuitively respect the concept of dignity.” Ch.36 Night Conversation

“But the past is the past. We have to move forward with our lives and focus on where we are headed. Bitterness and revenge don’t help anybody.” Ch.36 Night Conversation

“Respect is a unit of exchange in the world of dignity. It’s like money used for exchange in the world of material trade. You pay respect to me. I pay respect to you. You pay me, I pay you.” Ch.38 Human Market

“When we respect people, we give them more value in our minds. Paying respect to people increases their value or their dignity. When we disrespect people, we don’t value them.” Ch.38 Human Market

“As you go through life, sometimes you’ll feel your value is up, sometimes you’ll feel it’s down. The way how we measure our dignity constantly changes. That’s just life.” Ch.39 Asset and Liability

“Life’s all about dignity.” Ch.39 Asset and Liability

“If you reach your goal at your expense, meaning you invested your efforts, feelings, and intelligence in it, then you acted morally. The opposite is reaching your goal at the expense of other people.” Ch.41 Moral Criterion

“Giving kindness will increase the other person’s dignity. But taking without permission will decrease the other person’s dignity.” Ch.42 Dignity Math

“There are two sides to dignity. One is the infinite, immeasurable value of a man. The other side is measurable—the exact value, the price.” Ch.43 Dialectics

“Two sides of dignity: first, the infinite part, the inherent worth of a man—his value. Second, the finite part, the true worth of a man—his price. They are opposites because they contradict each other—their infinite and finite parts. At the same time, they together make up a unit, the wholeness of the concept of dignity.” Ch.43 Dialectics

“Dignity is contradictory and complicated. We need all those individual atoms—worth, value, price, honor, self-esteem, integrity, legacy—just to begin to comprehend it.” Ch.43 Dialectics

“Dignity is the highest human value and the truth about a man.”Ch.43 Dialectics

“The truth is that a man is created good. What a man does with his life will eventually be his legacy, his final price, and the truth about him.” Ch.43 Dialectics

“Dignity is the infinite value and the finite price, the unlimited potential and the limited achievements, equality with humankind and inequality to other men. It is an ideal image of a man, and simultaneously, it is a real man.” Ch.43 Dialectics

“Dignity of Man is his value and price. The operative word being ‘and’—not just value, not just price, but all bonded together in unity. Here is dialectics. Ch.43 Dialectics

“No matter who we are, we share a human connection, and connection makes us feel good.” Ch.48

“Our humanity unites us all—you, me, and everyone. We are connected because we all belong to humankind.” Ch.48 Connectedness

“Man, in the best use of the term—Man with a capital M—can do what he thinks is the right thing to do. A Man is powerful when he sets a goal and uses moral means to achieve it.” Ch.48 Connectedness

“Dignity is the highest human value. If people proclaim it and vote for the highest human value of a Man with a capital M, other people feel it. It creates the connectedness between people, and people perceive it as human dignity.” Ch.49 Obama versus Hitler

“This highest human value is invisible, like those brilliances hidden within diamonds in the rough. It is the unlimited potential value, the value of being human. We sense it in our conversations, in our actions, and in our strivings. In this way, all people are equal—because they are humans.” Ch.49 Obama versus Hitler

“Self-esteem is about how one feels about one’s self. Dignity is about how one feels about the human in one’s self.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“Dignity is recognizing the Human in you, with capital H, the sanctity of humanity as a whole.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“I may have high or low self-esteem. My opinion of myself depends on many facets of my life. Sometimes I rate myself low. I put myself down for mistakes I made and weaknesses I think I have…But the human within me isn’t my possession. It’s a part of the human legacy to which I belong. I may sometimes forget that it is in me, but I can’t disregard it, because it speaks up. In extreme cases, it cries out.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“Self-esteem is just my opinion about me. Dignity is the truth about me.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“People are taught to focus more on their self-esteem than on their dignity… Dignity is the truth. People aren’t always eager to face the truth… they don’t see or feel their dignity. They don’t know dignity and consequently they don’t talk about it.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“Dignity is one and the same for all people and yet we each have our own unique dignity. That’s just like we are all human beings and yet we each look different.” Ch.52 Human In Me

“Dignity unites people. This is the value part of dignity. It is one for all… Dignity exists in everyone. It’s universal, the same all over, and it relates to the truth about a man.” Ch.53 The Truth About Me

“You were born a good man, and you are good. This is the truth. Life is where men test their faith in this truth. As you strive to be a better person, you develop your talents and skills. You are proving that truth.” Ch.53 The Truth About Me

“People we can call naturally dignified possess a naturally high sense of dignity. Internally they are free people, and that makes them naturally charismatic.” Ch.55 The Dignity Code

“Naturally dignified people are those men of dignity, internally free men, whose principals and life examples are role models for others.” Ch.55 The Dignity Code

“We strive to realize our potential of the highest human value. If dignity is the highest human value, then we strive for dignity. Dignity itself is not a simple quality of character; rather, it is the infinite goal of a man.” Ch.55 The Dignity Code

“The price of a man, his human price, is what he makes of himself during his lifetime. His highest human value is inside him, but what he makes of himself on the outside defines his actual price, or the finite part of his dignity.” Ch.59 Price and Money

“Money itself is neutral. Good people use it for goodness and bad people use it for evil.” Ch.59 Price and Money

“The price part of dignity is a finite approximation of the infinite value part of dignity.” Ch.62 Price Of A Man

“A man forms an image of himself in his mind, the image of his price. The more truthful the image, the closer it is to the dignity of the man.” Ch.62 Price Of A Man

“Dignity of man, his price, is in people’s opinion about him and what he deserves. Dignity is the truth about a man.” Ch.62 Price Of A Man

“Intelligence is about knowing the truth, the truth about a man, the truth about his dignity, and when dignity increases or decreases.” Ch.68 Intelligence

“We call goodness everything that increases dignity. We call evil everything that decreases dignity.” Ch.68 Intelligence

“Knowing when we have goodness or evil and knowing the difference between them— that’s intelligence.” Ch.69 Goodness and Evil

”The truth is that there is a line between goodness and evil. When the line isn’t there, then everything becomes a mess. Nobody knows what they’re doing.” Ch.69 Goodness and Evil

“When the line between good and evil blurs, ignorance, stupidity, and darkness rein. Intelligence is light.” Ch.69 Goodness and Evil

“The dignity of people is real, and it’s dangerous to replace it with any other concept.” Ch.69 Goodness and Evil

“Goodness and evil… are directly related to dignity. Goodness and evil are real. We witness them every day. We experience them almost every minute of our lives, such as a person’s everyday feelings and their moods.” Ch.69 Goodness and Evil

“Intelligence is light. Even though the light sometimes shows us unpleasant things, it’s still better than seeing nothing and being clueless.” Ch.70 Why Are We Here?

“Freedom is something we all strive for. There’s internal freedom and external freedom. Sometimes people can’t change the environment and be externally free, free from gravity, say, or from the walls of prison. But they always can be internally free, even in prison.” Ch.70 Why Are We Here?

“Being internally free means you are free from other people’s judgment. That is, you know your own value, your price. You’re not tormented by questions about your dignity. You’re not preoccupied with your own self, but you’re so free that you’re interested in life, in people, in natural beauty, in science, in anything wonderful.” Ch.70 Why Are We Here?

“Internally free people know the truth about themselves and about other people. They know the difference between good and evil. They don’t listen to anyone but their own conscience.” Ch.70 Why Are We Here?

“Being intelligent means knowing the truth… about where good resides and where evil resides—knowing the difference between increase or decrease of dignity.” Ch.70 Why Are We Here?

“Love is … the desire of goodness to someone.” Ch.71 Love

“Getting love, giving love—they are the same as if I said ‘increase my dignity, increase someone’s dignity.’ Love is goodness. …Love increases dignity.” Ch.71 Love

“Lack of love is a major evil that creates most major social problems.” Ch.71 Love

”We lack intelligence and we lack the truth.” Ch.71 Love

“It’s torture to learn the truth, think on your own, and use intelligence.” Ch.71 Love

“If you truly want to be intelligent, you need to constantly doubt your own righteousness. Only fools are always right.” Ch.71 Love

“It’s all about dignity. Find the truth, fight for the truth.” Ch.78 The Message

From “Dignity What’s That, Sam?” by Aigul Aubanova and Victor Dull