Quote by Max Nordau
If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly.
This quote emphasizes the importance of self-worth and self-respect. It suggests that external validation or criticism should not have control over one's self-image. If one highly regards oneself, the opinions or disregard of others should not affect them. Likewise, if one has low self-esteem, praises or admiration from others will not make up for their self-disdain. The quote emphasizes the need to build a strong sense of self-worth that is not easily swayed by others' opinions or treatment.