Respect (quotes)


Resect is a feeling of deep admiration

  • Respect: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Oxford Dictionary
  • Respect: Admiration felt or shown for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities. Cambridge Dictionary
  • Respect: Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability.
  • Respect: High or special regard. Merriam Webster
  • Respect is not fear and awe; it is the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect, thus, implies the absence of exploitation. I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me. Erich Fromm
  • DignityHonour,  Self-respectEqualityHonorPoliteness and courtesyAppreciationAweReverence

Respect all of life


Treat each person with tolerance and respect…

  • Treat everyone you meet as though they are the most important person you’ll meet today. Roger Dawson
  • Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. Albert Einstein
  • I fear no one, but I respect everyone. Roger Federer
  • Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. Jodie Foster
  • For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
  • Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. Tecumseh
  • Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Every person is special, unique and deserves respect. Learn to see beyond what people see in themselves. Everyone has the seeds of greatness in them and you empower people by seeing beyond their imperfections and problems to their potential, their depth, their inner beauty and their possibilities. John Kehoe
  • I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. The Dalai Lama
  • Tolerance

Respect people as human beings  …

  • I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. Jackie Robinson
  • Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human. John Cogley Commonweal
  • Every being is an abode of God, worthy of respect and reverence.
  • We must build a new world, a far better world – one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected. Harry S. Truman
  • Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. Jane Addams
  • I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself.  To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.    Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou

…including those who can do nothing for you

  • This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him. William Lyon Phelps Scholar
  • The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back. Abigail Van Buren
  • The real judges of your character aren’t your neighbors, your relatives, or even the people you play bridge with. The folks who really know you are waiters, waitresses, and clerks. Katherine Piper
  • You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. James D. Miles
  • We were taught to respect everyone, especially those who were older and wiser than we were from whom we could learn. Neca Ward
  • The young should be treated with respect. Chinese Proverb
  • I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. Albert Einstein

Respect others’ dreams and beliefs

  • I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. William Butler Yeats
  • Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. Athenaeus
  • Always respect another’s opinion and another’s point of view. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • DreamsBelief

Be respectful, even in disputes

  • You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together. Buddha
  • Confrontation should always leave a person’s dignity intact. A. J. Anglin
  • Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin
  • Always show respect. However much you disagree with someone, attack the argument, not the person. To use a sporting metaphor: play the ball, not the man. As Nelson Mandela explained in his autobiography “Long Walk To Freedom”: “I defeated my opponents without dishonouring them”. Roger Darlington
  • Conflict management

Respect others’ differences

  • To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. Bono
  • Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. Rene Dubois
  • When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom. John Gray
  • As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others. Robert H. Schuller
  • I am not you, and you are not me, but I am going to make a space in my life to include you, and to respect you, and acknowledge you, and to accept who you are. Rabbi David Aaron
  • The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence – to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences. Melba Pattillo Beals
  • Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez
  • Open-mindednessDiversity

Respect other’s opinions and perspectives

  • I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
  • Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. Voltaire
  • I understand that my way is not the only way – that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others, and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness from the ideas and traditions of others. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together. Buddha
  • Respect other people’s point of view. It’s fine to express your opinion, but don’t forcefully enforce it on them. Respect other people’s space—don’t encroach on the person’s privacy unless a common bond has been established. Respect other people’s personal choices—don’t criticize or judge. To do otherwise in each instance would be to impose yourself onto others when it isn’t your place to do so. Remember, everyone has his/her right to be him/herself, just as you have the right to be yourself. Celestine Chua
  • Opinion

Respect the feelings of others

  • Don’t allow your self-forgiveness to be contingent upon somebody else’s readiness or willingness to forgive you. They may get something out of holding on to anger that they aren’t ready to let go of. They may be too frightened or wounded to let go of their anger. Feeling angry may be an important part of their healing process at this time. Allow others to be where they are. Respect their right to feel the way they feel. Robin Casarjian
  • Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Marshall Rosenberg
  • Emotions

Respect the life journey of others

  • How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. Steve Maraboli
  • Life is a journey

Respect different religions

  • All religions lead to the same God, and all deserve the same respect. Paulo Coelho
  • If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them to respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religion is a sacred duty. Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty. Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • We must respect the other fellow’s religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. L. Mencken
  • Religion

Respect the rights of others

  • Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. 14th The Dalai Lama
  • Live consciously—take responsibility for your choices and actions—respect the rights of others—and follow your own bliss. Nathaniel Branden

Respect all life and the planet

  • Respect for all life is the foundation. The Great Law of Peace
  • This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  Chief Seattle
  • By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive. Albert Schweitzer
  • I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect. Temple Grandin
  • I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. James Russell Lowell
  • The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. Chief Luther Standing Bear
  • The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care about it. Sylvia Earle
  • Sikh tradition begins with the simple premise that all the universe is sacred and worthy of respect. Every bush, ant and tree is, in its own way, engaged in worship. Sikh

More things worthy of respect

  • Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention. Sonia Rumzi
  • At the end of the day, you want to respect what you do. In a certain sense, our work is us. We get into it, and it gets into us. John W. Rowe
  • For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
  • Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind. Lord Essex
  • I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing. Thomas Alva Edison
  • I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency. Tennessee Williams
  • I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. T Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. Malcolm X
  • We don’t have in our culture a healthy understanding and respect for the value of Being, which is simply being present in the moment, not trying to go somewhere, not trying to accomplish anything but, just present. Shakti Gawain
  • The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
  • Respect for the truth is an acquired taste. Mark Van Doren
  • Treat with utmost respect your power of forming opinions, for this power alone guards you against making assumptions that are contrary to nature and judgments that overthrow the rule of reason. Marcus Aurelius
  • Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen. Sarah Ban
  • Let us forever forget that every station in life is necessarily that which deserves our respect; that not the station itself; but the worthy fulfillment of its duties does honor the man. Mary Lyon

Earning respect


Earn respect

  • Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected – that is essential. Anna Gould
  • You will never gain anyone’s approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows. Mandy Hale
  • You can demand courtesy, but you have to earn respect. Lawrence Goldstone

Fear is no substitute for true respect

  • When strong, be merciful, if you would have the respect, not the fear of your neighbors. Chilon
  • Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Albert Camus
  • Fear

The first rule of earning respect is to respect yourself

  • People will treat you the way you treat you. Robert Holden
  • Treat yourself with love and respect, and you will attract people who show you love and respect. Rhonda Byrne
  • Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. Baltasar Gracian
  • If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first. Oscar Wilde
  • I teach the world how to treat me by the way I treat myself, and the way I present myself. Kristine Gasbarre
  • If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self- respect will you compel others to respect you. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself. Spanish Proverb
  • Learn to deal with the fact that you are not a perfect person, but you are a person that deserves respect and honesty. Pandora Poikilos
  • The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. Sonya Friedman
  • Respect yourself and others will respect you. Confucius
  • Today I will let go of my need for approval and my need to be liked. Instead, I will choose to like and approve of myself. The people who count (including me) will respect me when I’m true to who I really am. Melody Beattie
  • Self-respect

The rewards of respect


Respecting others brings rewards

  • Respect a man, and he will do all the more. John R. Wooden
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Richard David Bach
  • Men are respectable only as they respect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them. Albert Schweitzer
  • The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I want to be very close to someone I respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me. Richard Bach
  • There is a longing among all people and creatures to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other. Chief Dan George
  • Respect for people is the cornerstone of communication and networking. Susan Roane

Respect is essential in all relationships

  • Two people can only live as one when each is prepared to give and receive trust and understanding. Above that lies respect. Without respect for how the other feels, no marriage is worthwhile. Helen Hollick
  • Principles for healthy relationships

Respecting others is a mark of character

  • In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. Thurgood Marshall
  • Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man. Norman Cousins
  • Treat every person with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show compassion to others not because of who they are but because of who you are. Andrew T. Somers
  • Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. C. Samsel
  • Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee
  • Character

Lack of respect has a price

  • If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou
  • Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. Amy Grant
  • A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day. Bill Watterson

Love and respect


Love and respect go hand in hand

  • Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing. Emma Goldman
  • Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. Jodie Foster
  • Love is honesty. Love is a mutual respect for one another. Simone Elkeles
  • Real, sane, mature love—the kind that pays the mortgage year after year and picks up the kids after school—is not based on infatuation but on affection and respect. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare. Brené Brown
  • The more impeccable your word, the more you respect and love youself. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The science is simple: When you give the world love and respect, the world will give you love and respect back. Russell Simmons
  • Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom. John Gray
  • Love

On a lighter note

  • Awe: Respect with the mouth open.  L. Levinson
  • He has a profound respect for old age… especially when it’s bottled. Gene Fowler
  • I believe in respect for the dead; in fact, I could only respect you if you WERE dead.
  • I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. Dave Barry
  • I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. Edward Gibbon
  • I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.  Wilson Mizner
  • I want to be a diva – like people-totally-respect-my-music diva not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around.  Jessica Simpson
  • I was always taught to respect my elders and I’ve now reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.  George Burns
  • If the Lord had more respect for money He would have given it to a higher class of people.  James Garner
  • If you want me to treat your ideas with more respect, get some better ideas. John Scalzi
  • In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.  Robert Byrne
  • It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to speak about someone intelligent, respected and admired. Unfortunately, tonight I have to talk about (NAME).
  • No self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in a [Rupert] Murdoch newspaper.  Mike Royko
  • Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one as yet is suspicious.  L. Mencken
  • Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity; that’s how rich I want to be.  Rita Rudner
  • The more things a man is ashamed of the more respectable he is.  George Bernard Shaw
  • There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy especially in presidents; those are prayer and fishing.  Herbert Hoover
  • They’ve great respect for the dead in Hollywood but none for the living.  Errol Flynn
  • Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.  K. Chesterton
  • Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.  Mark Twain
  • To get back my youth I would do anything in the world except take exercise get up early or be respectable.  Oscar Wilde
  • We must respect the other fellow’s religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.  L. Mencken
  • With my ol’ man I got no respect. He told me to start at the bottom. He was teaching me how to swim.  Rodney Dangerfield
  • You treat my daughter with respect – you buy her breakfast if she puts out.  David Feldman
  • A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care. George Bernard Shaw
  • My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her. Colette
  • I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. Mark Twain