Dignity and pride are essential ingredient of self esteem or self respect. People tell humility is the greatest virtue but my only worry on this statement is that, even fools will look at us as their lower counterpart and can make humiliation , for always showing humility . But again , It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.
Except that scenario ,
I look, think, the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love with my own pride . Take me... or leave me. Accept me - or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don't fit your idea of who I should be and don't try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself with hundred percent dignity , good and bad - you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.