The Art of Self-Esteem: How to Create a Better Life

“If I were to say I had an ego, I don’t think I would be able to live with myself.

I would never want to live in a situation where I was trying to be perfect.”

-Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: How Animals Are Adapting to the World around Them, author, “If you want to be a better person, you have to accept that you are flawed, you’re a product of your upbringing, you can’t control it, and you can only hope that it doesn’t destroy you.”

-John Gottman, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, on the psychology of narcissism.

“We have to figure out how to deal with the fact that we are imperfect.”

-Nancy Jo Sales, cofounder of self-help website Mindfulness.com.

“If we can be honest with ourselves about it, that’s a good thing.”

-Mark Twain, writer.

“You can’t be perfect, you know.

But you can be self-sufficient.”

-Drew Carey, comedian.

“No matter how much you want it, it’s not going to happen.”

-David Foster Wallace, author.

“There are some things in life that you will never understand until you’re done.”

-Jared Taylor, founder of the site, SELF-INFLUENCE.

“What’s a better life?

One that you know is a better one than what you’ve had?”

-Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder.

“I just want to thank you, and I think the world owes you everything.

You’ve made my life better.”

-Sharon Stone, singer.

“My life is just not worth living.”

-Tim Robbins, actor.

“One of the things that really matters is that you don’t have to be perfectionist.”

-Tiger Woods, golfer.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I’m so happy and proud to be alive.

I’m also so happy that my life is beautiful and inspiring.”

-Stephen King, author and former TV host.

“When you live a life that doesn’t give you happiness, then you have no purpose.

You can’t live for the sake of others.”

-Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Zurich.

“Your happiness is your life.”

-Carol Bell, comedian, actress, writer, teacher.

“Life is not a series of choices.

It’s a series a series, a series that you make.”

-George Saunders, author “What you choose to do is your choice.”

-Steve McQueen, actor, filmmaker.

“It’s a choice that we make every day, and that choice has to be the right one.”

-Susan Sarandon, actor and author. 

“When I get up in the morning, I look out the window, and there’s only one thing I’m worried about.

It may be the weather.

It could be the sun.

It just happens that I’ll be wearing my own clothes, but the only thing that matters is what I’m doing, what I look like.”

-James Baldwin, author The Autobiography of Malcolm X. “All you have is yourself.”

-Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee.

“To be completely honest, I feel like I’m going to be one of the last people in the world that has a sense of what’s good.”

-Amy Schumer, comedian and author “There’s a big difference between a great person and a great self.”

-Katherine Heigl, actress.

“Just because you are not perfect doesn’t mean you can live a mediocre life.”

–Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft.

“In a world of narcissists, there are people who are happy and happy people.”

-Jeff Bezos, founder Amazon.

“Nobody can ever be perfect.

But what makes us special is our ability to be imperfect.

That’s what separates us from other people.”

–Jeff Bezos.

“Never doubt the goodness of a person.”

-Jackie Hoffman, actor who played “Cindy” on TV show Seinfeld.

“Everyone has a little bit of a narcissist inside of them.

I mean, everyone.

I’ve known people who have a lot of narcissist in them.

If you don, you don