Quotations about dignity: the quality of being worthy of respect or honor. It is often associated with morality, self-respect, and self-esteem. Dignity is an important concept in philosophy as it is closely connected to notions of autonomy and justice. Dignity is usually thought of as a right that all human beings possess and should be respected, regardless of status or circumstance. It is also closely associated with concepts of justice and fairness, as those who are treated with dignity are more likely to be treated fairly and justly. Dignity can also be an attitude of self-confidence and self-esteem, a certain seriousness of character.

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

Self- respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

When we talk about the word ‘socialism,’ I think what it really means is just democratic participation in our economic dignity and our economic, social, and racial dignity. It is about direct representation and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness, at the end of the day.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Africans, having rejected the idea of begging for freedom, which was contrary to our dignity and our sacred right to freedom and independence, reaffirmed our steadfast decision to end colonial domination of our country, no matter what the sacrifices involved, and to conquer for ourselves the opportunity to achieve in peace our own progress and happiness.

— Amilcar Cabral

A people must have dignity and identity.

— Andrew Goodman

The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

All life deserves respect, dignity, and compassion.

— Anthony Douglas

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

— Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

— Aristotle

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.

— Arthur Ashe

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.

— Bayard Rustin

Nothing that celebrates the humiliation or pain of another person builds lasting connection.

— Brené Brown

I believe that each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done…. And because of that, there’s this basic human dignity that must be respected by law.

— Bryan Stevenson

Because of our interconnectedness we all know that extreme poverty and exclusionary practices are violations against the basic dignity of people.

— Bryant McGill

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

— Coretta Scott King

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

— Coretta Scott King

Albert Camus, a great humanist and existentialist voice, pointed out that to commit to a just cause with no hope of success is absurd. But then, he also noted that not committing to a just cause is equally absurd. But only one choice offers the possibility for dignity. And dignity matters. Dignity matters.

— David Simon

When we learn how to honor dignity, it creates strong, healthy relationships and an enduring sense of well-being. Dignity consciousness gives us the internal, emotional scaffolding that enables us to live our lives in full extension and to contribute to the well-being of everyone around us.

— Donna Hicks

Dignity is not the same as respect. This is the most common misconception that I encounter when introducing the concept to people and organizations. Dignity is something we are born with—it is our inherent value and worth.

— Donna Hicks

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.

— Elbert Hubbard

The most meaningful lives, I’ve learned, are often not the extraordinary ones, they’re the ordinary ones lived with dignity.

— Emily Esfahani Smith

Patriotism … is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.

— Emma Goldman

The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic. Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated. A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered.

— Felix Adler

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.

— George Santayana

If I could give you one key, and one key only to more abundant life, I would give you a sense of your own worth, an unshakeable sense of your own dignity as one grounded in the source of the cosmic dance, as one who plays a unique part in the unfolding of the story of the world…

— Greta Crosby

That means that every human being – without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin – possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.

— Hans Kung

Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially from violence that can never be justified. It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity.

— Hillary Clinton

Whoever debases others is debasing himself.

— James Baldwin

The faith of free persons must tangibly make them free in a community of human dignity and equal justice.

— James Luther Adams, A Faith for the Free

We slowly learn that life consists of processes as well as results, and that failure may come quite as easily from ignoring the adequacy of one’s method as from selfish or ignoble aims. We are thus brought to a conception of Democracy not merely as a sentiment which desires the well-being of all [people], nor yet as a creed which believes in the essential dignity and equality of all [people], but as that which affords a rule for living as well as a test of faith.

— Jane Addams

Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.

— John C. Maxwell

True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person.

— Kathleen Norris

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.

— Kofi Annan

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. The loss of it can carry a man off as surely as thirst, hunger, exposure, and asphyxiation and with greater cruelty.

— Laura Hillenbrand

No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.

— Maajid Nawaz

I’m telling you this because I want you to grasp the nuances of Persian hospitality. Whether entering or leaving, all guests must be accorded the honor and dignity of monarchs, because they are.

— Michael Benzehabe, Persianality

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

— Michael J. Fox

Don’t bow before another person or another nation.

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home

There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom. The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity. This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it against all its enemies.

— Rabbi Sherwin Wine

Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy: Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.

— Roy T. Bennett

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.

— Shannon L. Alder

I just throw dignity against the wall and think only of the game.

— Suzanne Lenglen

But today’s society is characterized by achievement orientation, and consequently it adores people who are successful and happy and, in particular, it adores the young. It virtually ignores the value of all those who are otherwise, and in so doing blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness.

— Viktor E. Frankl
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