“Self-respect realizes that no one but himself can degrade the individual. The undeserved insult which may sting for a moment he forgets quickly in the thought that it is only a revelation of the character of the source from which it comes; that he himself is invulnerable from insult when he is right, when the armour of self-respect makes attack harmless.” ~ William George Jordan
I can hardly imagine a more valuable lesson than this gem, penned by William George Jordan over one hundred years ago: “Self-respect realizes that no one but himself can degrade the individual.”
When you finally understand this, you are released from the oppression of the human condition. You no longer have to wrestle with the feelings that arise when you are wronged – the anger, the desire for vengeance, the self-pity – and you never again see yourself as a victim.
Self-respect is a radiant quality that protects you from the worse that the world can throw at you. As simple as it may sound, self-respect allows you to overcome the world.