“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
If only that were true. If only it were that simple. You can respect yourself to high heaven and some hellish monster can lay you low in this here world. It’s respect yourself, be shrewd, stand up for yourself, and carry a big stick--and you increase the odds that others will respect you. No guarantee, though. Jesus and Socrates and Jesse James were killed. They all had self-respect and Jesse had a gun.
It’s a grim world, in many ways, which is why I so admire good people and know they so deserve self-respect.