Reverence (quotes)

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What is reverence ?

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Reverence is deep respect

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Reverence is seeing God in others

  • The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. Swami Vivekananda
  • Every being is an abode of God, worthy of respect and reverence.
  • Worship God by reverencing the human soul as God’s chosen sanctuary. Revere it in yourselves, revere it in others, and labor to carry it forward. …Go forth to respect the rights, and seek the true, enduring welfare of all within your influence. Carry with you the conviction that to trample on a human being, of whatever color, clime, rank, condition, is to trample on God’s child. William Ellery Channing
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Reverence is at the heart of human goodness

  • The first condition of human goodness is something to love; the second, something to reverence. George Eliot
  • By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive. Albert Schweitzer
  • Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive. Albert Schweitzer
  • Goodness
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Reverence is the perception of the soul

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Reverence is the chief joy and power of life

  • Reverence is the chief joy and power of life – reverence for that which is pure and bright in youth; for what is true and tried in age; for all that is gracious among the living, great among the dead, – and marvellous in the powers that cannot die. John Ruskin
  • JoyThe power within
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Revere yourself and others

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Revere others

  • The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. Stephen Covey
  • No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. George Eliot
  • There is reverence that we owe to everything in human shape. William Godwin
  • A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people. Bessie Head
  • The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. Swami Vivekananda
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Revere yourself

  • Above the cloud with its shadow, is the star with its light. Above all things, reverence thyself. Pythagoras
  • Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, These three alone lead life to sovereign power. Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Revere life

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Revere all parts of life

  • I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. Albert Schweitzer
  • By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life, we become good, deep, and alive.  Albert Schweitzer
  • If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life. Albert Schweitzer
  • Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live unreflectively and begins to devote himself to his life with reverence in order to raise it to its true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will. Albert Schweitzer
  • It is our duty to share and maintain life. Reverence concerning all life is the greatest commandment in its most elementary form. Or expressed in negative terms: “thou shalt not kill.” Albert Schweitzer
  • Life must have its sacred moments and its holy places. We need the infinite, the limitless, the uttermost — all that can give the heart a deep and strengthening peace. A. Powell Davies
  • Always and in everything let there be reverence. Confucius
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Reverence for life is what true ethics and morality is

  • Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. Albert Schweitzer
  • I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. Albert Schweitzer
  • Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world — that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me — is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.   Albert Schweitzer
  • Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal. Albert Schweitzer
  • Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality. Albert Schweitzer
  • Morality and ethics
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Revere each new day

  • Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to- day. Romain Rolland
  • To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how I desire to waste wisely my days. Thomas Dekker
  • Embrace the gift of today
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Revere the moment

  • Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life’s blessings. Oprah Winfrey
  • Now is a priceless gift
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Revere what you love doing

  • Expand your reality to the point where you pursue what you love doing and excel at it. Involve yourself in high- energy levels of trust, optimism, appreciation, reverence, joy, and love when you engage in every activity in your life. Wayne Dyer
  • Do what you love
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Revere your experiences

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Revere your life’s path

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More things to revere

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Revere the earth

  • The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures. Stewart L. Udall
  • Care for the environment
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Revere the universe

  • A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. Carl Sagan
  • The universe
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Revere beauty and excellence

  • Be open to beauty and excellence. This strategy involves allowing yourself to truly admire an object of beauty or a display of talent, genius or virtue. Strive even to feel reverence and awe. Positive psychologists suggest that people who open themselves to the beauty and excellence around them are more likely to find joy, meaning, and profound connections in their lives. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • BeautyExcellence
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Revere tradition

  • Every tradition grows ever more venerable – the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions. Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Tradition
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Revere sex

  • Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. Havelock Ellis
  • Sexuality
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Revere old authors

  • Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external. Louise Imogen Guiney
  • The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living. Thomas Hobbes
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Revere through …

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Be reverent through the act of slowing down

  • We are naturally reverent beings, but much of our natural reverence has been torn away from us because we have been born into a world that hurries. There is no time to be reverent with the earth or with each other.  We are all hurrying into progress.  And for all our hurrying we lose sight of our true nature a little more each day.  Macrina Wiederkehr
  • Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Slow down
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Revere through the act of gratitude

  • Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. John Milton
  • Gratitude
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Revere through the act of celebration

  • People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state– it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions. Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Approach life as a celebration
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Revere through opening yourself to beauty and excellence

  • Be open to beauty and excellence. This strategy involves allowing yourself to truly admire an object of beauty or a display of talent, genius or virtue. Strive even to feel reverence and awe. Positive psychologists suggest that people who open themselves to the beauty and excellence around them are more likely to find joy, meaning, and profound connections in their lives. Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • BeautyExcellence
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Revere through the act of love and worship

  • Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. John Ruskin
  • Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions. Bodhidharma
  • The idea of reverence for God is transmitted from parent to child, it is educated into an abnormal development, and thus almost indefinitely strengthened, but yet it does appear to me that the bent to worship is an integral part of man’s nature. Annie Besant
  • Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Bible: King James Version
  • That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores. But they don’t know it. Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones who’ve never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt, and general indifference, and they call it love. Once you’ve felt what it means to love as you and I know it – the total passion for the total height – you are unable of anything else. Ayn Rand
  • LoveWorship
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Revere through the discoveries of Science

  • Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery. Richard Powers
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Inspire reverence in children

  • Reverence is an emotion that we can nurture in our very young children, respect is an attitude that we instill in our children as they become school-agers, and responsibility is an act that we inspire in our children as they grow through the middle years and become adolescents. Zoe Weil
  • Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato
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Being irreverent

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Bring a spirit of irreverence to your studies

  • Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. Richard P. Feynman
  • It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski
  • Learning
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To see things from a fresh perspective, be irreverent

  • The fool will reverse our standard assumptions. He is irreverent.  He might deny that the problem even exists and therefore reframe the situation.  The fool can be absurd.  The fool notices things that others might overlook.  The fool will apply the rules of one arena to another.  The fool loves to parody the rules.   Roger von Oech
  • OriginalityCreativity
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Curiosity and irreverence go together

  • Curiosity and irreverence go together. Curiosity cannot exist without the other. Curiosity asks, “Is this true?” “Just because this has always been the way, is the best or right way of life, the best or right religion, political or economic value, morality?” To the questioner, nothing is sacred. He detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality, rebels against any repression of a free, open search of ideas no matter where they may lead. Saul D. Alinsky
  • Curiosity
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