The underlying problem with many Backstabbers is a lack of self-esteem
The values indicated by status-insecure parents are such that their children learn to put personal success and the acquisition of power above all else. They are taught to judge people for their usefulness rather than their likeableness. Their friends, and even future marriage partners, are selected and used in the service of personal advancement; love and affection take second place to knowing the right people. They are taught to eschew weakness and passivity, to respect authority, and to despise those who have not made the socio-economic grade. Success is equated with social esteem and material advantage, rather than with more spiritual values.
In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self-surrender is valued above self-expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self-esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions
The average man plays to the gallery of his own self - esteem
Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear.
I esteem death a trifle, if not caused by guilt.
Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk without loss of esteem.
It is not expedient or wise to examine our friends too closely; few persons are raised in our esteem by a close examination.
HOURI, n. A comely female inhabiting the Mohammedan Paradise to make things cheery for the good Mussulman, whose belief in her existence marks a noble discontent with his earthly spouse, whom he denies a soul. By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient esteem.
Friendship, compounded of esteem and love, derives from one its tenderness and its permanence from the other.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk, without loss of esteem.
High level of national spirit, national conscious and esteem to Azeries belong to the specific features of Nakhchivan.
Criticism is no threat to your self-esteem or identity, but rather informs you.
As the fire doth mount upwards, and the needle that is touched with the loadstone still turneth to the north, so the converted soul is inclined to God. Nothing else can satisfy him, nor can he find any content and rest but in his love. In a word, all that are converted do esteem and love God better than all the world; and the heavenly felicity is dearer to them than their fleshly prosperity.
Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, as a compliment from God.
That teaching according to which intellectual activity is worthy of esteem to the extent that it is practical and to that extent alone.
That teaching of modern metaphysics which exhorts man to feel comparatively little esteem for the truly thinking portion of himself and to honor the active and willing part of himself with all his devotion...
It would be hard to name a more certain sign of poor self-esteem than the need to perceive some other group as inferior.