On self-respect

In brief, people with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a king of moral nerve; they display what was once called character, a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to other, more instantly negotiable virtues….

Nonetheless, character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions – is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968)

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