Self-respect is a lonely emotion. It is the quietest dignity, that of valour and pride and competence. It will offer you nothing but the solemn nod that you did what was right, what was good. You will look in the mirror with fear and sadness and know that you were something remarkable. And you will feel the weakest form of better. You will feel empty and hopeless and scared, but you will feel better because self-respect isn’t just an emotion, it’s an aura. Self-respect doesn’t wrap you gently in warmth - it is a steel rod in your spine. It is height and pride and honor. It is better than being wrapped in warmth because it is warmth from the inside. It is the fire of dignity.