Sunday, January 21, 2007

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."

Michael J. Fox (1961 - )

4 Comments:

Blogger Yibbyl said...

This reminds me of a philosophy that was not well received when I was in the military. I once told someone who out-ranked me that the only power they had over me was whatever power I gave to them. It was not something he was able to understand and proceded to scream loudly.

Power, dignity, respect. I believe these are things that a person must have to answer to him or herself. If you cannot be proud of who you are and how you behave, it really doesn't matter if you've fooled others into believing you have them. You just have to be true to yourself.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt said those words and this quote reminds of them.

Dignity is, I think, that feeling of knowing (truthfully) who you are and being okay with yourself regardless what other people think.

10:42 PM  
Blogger puggimer said...

Yibbyl is correct - people only have the power over us that we give them.

The one thing we truly have control over is how we react to any situation - and in that choice we either keep our dignity or give it away. No one can take it.

7:53 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

No one can take from us who we are inside.

5:53 AM  

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