68 Stand Up for Yourself Quotes to Encourage You for Everyday Battles
If you do not speak up and express yourself, you stand a chance of becoming a doormat, and you will always be dissatisfied with your life. Read these 68 quotes about standing up for yourself to build the confidence to speak up.
Being able to speak up or express yourself when someone offends you or when a situation gets out of hand is what it means to stand up for yourself. Although learning to advocate for yourself could be challenging at first, with time and effort, you will get better.
It would help if you were confident, learned to say "no," used your words carefully, established limits, and kept eye contact. Knowing how to pick your battles and stick to your words is also wise.
You also have to remind yourself that no one has the right to treat you in any way they like. When you stand up for yourself, do not make excuses or apologize because you have a right to decline.
Read these 68 stand up for yourself quotes to learn more.
Suzy Kassem's quote: "Being able to admit you're wrong is important, but so is standing up for yourself when you're right." | Image: AmoDays
Stand Up for Yourself Quotes with Motivational Kick
"Stand up for yourself. Never give anyone permission to abuse you." — Lailah Gifty Akita
"When you stand for something, you've got to stand for it all the way, not half way." — Kevin Gates
"When you stand up for yourself, you are standing up for everyone who will follow your positive example!" ― Doreen Virtue
"It's really important to stand up for yourself and not always agree with what people say if indeed you don't feel that that's true." — Lily Collins
"I learned that you can stand up for yourself and still maintain your zen!" — Doreen Virtue
Lailah Gifty Akita's quote: "Stand up for yourself. Never give anyone permission to abuse you." | Image: AmoDays
"Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice." — Shawn Johnson
"You have two choices. you can keep running and hiding and blaming the world for your problems, or you can stand up for yourself and decide to be somebody important." ― Sidney Sheldon
"Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else." — Maya Angelou
"It's important to stand up for what you believe in." — Cody Linley
"Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone. Stand up for truth, regardless of who steps on it." ― Suzy Kassem
Shawn Johnson's quote: "Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice." | Image: AmoDays
"You will never gain anyone's approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows." ― Mandy Hale
"As I said, if you don't stand up for yourself, people aren't going to think that you can stand up for them." — Sidney Blumenthal
"Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future." — Swami Vivekananda
"To me, bravery is to stand up for what you believe in." — Sophie Turner
"Sometimes it just feels so amazing to finally stand up for yourself. I highly recommend it. Life is too short to be taken for granted." ― Demi Lovato
Mandy Hale's quote: "You will never gain anyone's approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows." | Image: AmoDays
"We get weak and we fall down. It's when we stand up again that we become stronger. You will learn from this and be better for it. It's okay to fall once in a while. You'll pick yourself up – eventually." — E.L.Todd
"Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. Go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I've learned, that's the path to happiness." ― Lesley Ann Warren
"I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won't stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you'd be surprised that people say 'Can I be of help?" ― Maya Angelou
Stand Up for Yourself Quotes to Motivate You to Be Proactive in Life
"Whenever one person stands up and says, 'Wait a minute, this is wrong,' it helps other people do the same." — Gloria Steinem
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." ― Albert Einstein
Lesley Ann Warren's quote: "Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. Go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I've learned, that's the path to happiness." | Image: AmoDays
"Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." ― Stephen Covey
"Anything that threatens, hinders, obstructs, denies, delays your capacity to stand fully up for yourself, within yourself, take it down." ― Iyanla Vanzant
"Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?" — Lane Kirkland
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." ― Earl Nightingale
"Stand alone with no shame." ― Mitta Xinindlu
Iyanla Vanzant's quote: "Anything that threatens, hinders, obstructs, denies, delays your capacity to stand fully up for yourself, within yourself, take it down." | Image: AmoDays
"Earning respect doesn't mean to always let go but to stand up for yourself!" ― Somya Kedia
"Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, and don't give up the fight." — Bob Marley
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." — Winston Churchill
"Follow your dreams, they know the way." ― Kobe Yamada
"Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in." — Tabatha Coffey
Somya Kedia's quote: "Earning respect doesn't mean to always let go but to stand up for yourself!" | Image: AmoDays
"Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority." — William Jennings Bryan
"Don't yell at people. Stand up for what's right. Put yourself in the other person's place. Respect women. Don't take no for an answer. Laugh at yourself. Don't believe what you are told" — Greg Proops
"If you believe very strongly in something, stand up and fight for it." ― Roy T. Bennett, "The Light in the Heart"
"The only way he knew how to conquer the demon, was by confronting it." ― Shad'e Zuiweta
"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." — H.G. Wells
William Jennings Bryan's "Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority." | Image: AmoDays
"Be different, stand out, and work your butt off." — Reba McEntire
"Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. So follow your dreams, embrace change and live what you love" ― Aysel Gunar
"Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you." — LL Cool J
Stand Up for Yourself Quotes That Explain Many Things
"Standing up for yourself doesn't always involve verbal confrontation. Sometimes it's about not wasting energy on people who are negative." — Sherry Argov
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning." ― Maya Angelou
LL Cool J's quote: "Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you." | Image: AmoDays
"If standing up for yourself burns a bridge or two, then rebuild right over the top of the ashes." ― Christine E. Szymanski
"And listen to me: what you've done here carries power with it, of a different sort. Don't let Solya take all the credit, and don't be shy of using it." ― Naomi Novik, "Uprooted"
"It's easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone." — Mahatma Gandhi
"Silence is the most expensive to buy." ― Ljupka Cvetanova, "The New Land"
"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." — Rumi
Christine E. Szymanski's quote: "If standing up for yourself burns a bridge or two, then rebuild right over top of the ashes." | Image: AmoDays
"Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything." — Peter Marshall
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." ― Maya Angelou
"When you come from a family of ten children you learn very early on in life to stand up for yourself and hold your ground regarding the things you're passionate about." — Sufe Bradshaw
"Not after one month, not after one week, not after one day, not after one hour, not even after one minute, only after one second is the best time for a defeated person to stand up and fight for his future victory!" ― Mehmet Murat ildan
"How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we're not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?" ― Katie McGarry
Peter Marshall's quote: "Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything." | Image: AmoDays
"On the way home my father said tiredly he hoped some day I'd realize it was necessary to live with people. I didn't understand him. He said a lot of other things that made me feel sorry for him because he just couldn't stand up to a situation." ― Dan J. Marlow
"When you finish a thing you ought to be able to say to yourself: There, I am willing to stand for that piece of work. It is not pretty well done; it is done as well as I can do it, done to a complete finish. I will stand for that." ― Orison Swett Marden
"Tell your story even if you have a small audience." ― Mitta Xinindlu
"Life is a business of making choices, history will define us the way we intend to author it." ― Njau Kihia
"I have faced bullying before. Not in high school. Not in any school, but when I published my now bestselling book series as an indie author back in 2010 through 2012 and became a target for indie publishing, especially in YA because I stood by Amazon self-publishing versus the traditional publishers. How I dealt with it? I kept doing what I love - writing and publishing, and giving my readers what they love. Indie publishing took off soon afterward, and now it is a valid and more desirable way to publish books. So the lesson learned is...don't let bullies stop you from doing what you love and from keeping you from giving your readers the books they love to read from you." - Kailin Gow in a National Radio Interview." ― Kailin Gow
Dan J. Marlow's quote: "On the way home my father said tiredly he hoped some day I'd realize it was necessary to live with people. I didn't understand him. He said a lot of other things that made me feel sorry for him, because he just couldn't stand up to a situation." | Image: AmoDays
"Society teaches us to fall in line and be grateful even in times of injustice. It'll feel almost alien when you start speaking up but standing up for yourself is always the right thing to do." ― Torron-Lee Dewar
"You give numerous second chances to the undeserved, but start judging yourself in your very first legitimate failure. Why such discrimination?" ― Hiral Nagda
"If you want everyone to like you never stand up for anything including yourself." ― Christine E. Szymanski
"Being able to admit you're wrong is important, but so is standing up for yourself when you're right." — Suzy Kassem
"Thinking for yourself and making your own decisions can be frightening. Letting go of other people's expectations can leave you feeling empty for a time. And yet seeing yourself as an independent adult who can stand up for your own choices frees you to accept yourself as you are." ― Ellen Bass, "The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse"
Torron-Lee Dewar's quote: "Society teaches us to fall in line and be grateful even in times of injustice. It'll feel almost alien when you start speaking up but standing up for yourself is always the right thing to do." | Image: AmoDays
"But most of my songs were about believing in yourself, standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in." — Dee Snider
"'Forgive my language,' Henry added." ― Libba Bray, "Lair of Dreams"
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." ― Mark Twain
"Man, alone can transform the power of his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone can dream, and make his dream come true." ― Napoleon Hill
"That's what we were told—stand up for yourself. But that's hard to do if you don't know who you are." — Shane Koyczan
Dee Snider's quote: "But most of my songs were about believing in yourself, standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in." | Image: AmoDays
"The victim inside us all ceases when we stand up in opposition of that which oppresses or intimidates us. Something powerfully intrinsic happens when the courage to no longer be silent awakens within us, and we are compelled to confront our problems rather than cower to them. The things that torment us thrive on our hushed fears and insecurities, and they are made powerless by a resilient voice; An inner voice that says..."No More!" ― Jason Versey, "A Walk with Prudence"
"All things are possible if you are willing to put yourself on the line. You cannot stand back and hope for the best. You have to act." — Elizabeth Edwards
"I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to wish for a perfect life. the things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand up taller. I'll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I'll never stay on the ground." ― Colleen Hoover, "Hopeless"
Elizabeth Edwards' quote: "All things are possible if you are willing to put yourself on the line. You cannot stand back and hope for the best. You have to act." | Image: AmoDays
Learning to stand up for yourself is essential because it helps improve your self-confidence. It is also a way to take care of your mental health better and improve your self-esteem and self-worth, increasing the respect people have for you.
Sometimes, the journey to standing up for yourself may be challenging, but remember that you have the power to dominate, and these quotes will remind you of your inner strength.