100 Cool Quotes About Respect

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Everyone deserves a little respect. Here’s a list of cool quotes about respect:

  • Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. -Albert Camus
  • 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
  • It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody. -Brendan Behan
  • Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. -Tecumseh
  • In his private heart no man much respects himself. — Mark Twain
  • All bullies are cowards, and most cowards are bullies. — Proverb
  • Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. -Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? — Ernest J. Gaines
  • Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; Take honour from me, and my life is done. — William Shakespeare
  • I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. -Julius Erving
  • Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. — Chief Seattle
  • Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose. — Unknown
  • This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. -Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. -Clint Eastwood
  • Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. -Albert Einstein
  • Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. — Jesse Jackson
  • One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk. — Margaret Chase Smith
  • The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. — Ann Landers
  • The highest result of education is tolerance. — Helen Keller
  • Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained. — W.H. Auden
  • No man is a hero to his valet. — Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel
  • Treat the world well. It was not given to you by your parents. You are borrowing it from your children. — Kenyan proverb
  • Respect the rights of others, and you will have peace. — Mexican proverb
  • Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners. -Laurence Sterne
  • I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect. -J. D. Salinger
  • Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life. -Robert Casey
  • There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self. – Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Once integrity goes, the rest is a piece of cake. — J.R. Ewing, TV show Dallas
  • Whatever your grade or position, if you know how and when to speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased. — Ralph C. Smedley
  • Never kick a man when he’s up. — Thomas Tip ONeill
  • When you go to a donkey’s house, don’t talk about ears. — Jamaican proverb
  • Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose. — Anonymous
  • I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect. -Tupac Shakur
  • We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. — Aldo Leopold
  • It’s not what you call me, but what I answer to. — African proverb
  • Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. -Lakhdar Brahimi
  • Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. -Albert Einstein
  • If you want a rose, you must respect the thorns. — Persian proverb
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. -Edward Gibbon
  • The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth. — French proverb
  • Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. -Barry Bonds
  • Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them. -Marilyn Monroe
  • In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob. -Salvador Dali
  • Many argue; not many converse. — Louisa May Alcott
  • Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them. — Elvis Presley
  • The price of your hat isn’t the measure of your brain. — African-American proverb
  • To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. -Voltaire
  • There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you. — William Hazlitt
  • We can really respect a man only if he doesn’t always look out for himself. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority. — Vince Lombardi
  • The words you speak today should be soft and tender … for tomorrow you may have to eat them. — Unknown
  • The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him. -William Lyon Phelps
  • If we are not free, no one will respect us. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • And the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one. She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Now she said to always pick being respected. -Chris Christie
  • Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves. — Bonaro Overstreet
  • Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins. -Alphonsus Liguori
  • The person who comes up to you and makes the most noise and is the most intrusive is invariably the person in the room who has no respect for you at all, and it’s really all about them. -Robbie Coltrane
  • I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.— Booker T. Washington
  • Respect yourself and others will respect you. — Confucius
  • I do not serve what you worship; nor do you serve what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine. — The Koran
  • Respect is love in plain clothes. — Frankie Byrne
  • That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. -William J. H. Boetcker
  • To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. -Bono
  • When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. -Mark Twain
  • When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. — Lao-Tzu
  • Never dress down for the poor. They won’t respect you for it. They want their First Lady to look like a million dollars. -Imelda Marcos
  • One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. -Bryant H. McGill
  • Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged. — Helen Keller
  • I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. — Jackie Robinson
  • Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. – Baltasar Gracian
  • Punctuality is the politeness of kings and the duty of gentle people everywhere. — Unknown
  • Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. -Malcolm X
  • We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. — Jonathan Swift
  • Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side. — Jewish proverb
  • It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser. — Harry Sheehy
  • America wants its respect. -Tupac Shakur
  • Prejudice is the child of ignorance. — William Hazlitt
  • I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like. -Margaret Mead
  • It is so important to get respect for what you do and at the same time give it. -Estelle Parsons
  • If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. -Abraham Lincoln
  • I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual, you know, the individual, the person who doesn’t conform. -Erykah Badu
  • A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. — Adlai Stevenson II
  • Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them. — William James
  • As the mother of two daughters, I have great respect for women. And I don’t ever want to lose that. -Vera Wang
  • Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. -Thomas S. Monson
  • An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. – Philip James Bailey
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. — Mark Twain
  • Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend. -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings. -Stockwell Day
  • Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. — Jesus
  • I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. — Muhammad Ali
  • To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. -Joan Didion
  • Nature has given us two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak. — Greek proverb
  • Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose. — Immanuel Kant
  • There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create. -Charles Baudelaire
  • When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. — Arapaho (Native-American) proverb

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