Respect can mean many different things depending upon the circumstances. For example, the respect that children have for their parents is of a different nature than the respect adults have for world leaders and people who have accomplished a great deal in their professional fields. YourDictionary’s collection of respect quotations looks at both the definition of respect and the role it plays in our society.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Striking Thoughts (2000, p. 46)
In finding love, I think it's important to be patient. In being in a relationship, I think it's important to be honest, to communicate, to respect and trust, and to strive to give more than you take.Kina Grannis
Now I don't know where you come from if you think that you deserve a trophy, or a parade or are even guaranteed a thank-you for doing what's good and what's right to others, and being kind to them and respectful — but in life, you probably will not get these things. But that's not why we ought to do good — we ought to do good, not because it's special or extra, but because it's the minimum of what we owe to one another.ysabella brave
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.Dalai Lama
As far as the game of marbles is concerned, there is therefore no contradiction between the egocentric practice of games and the mystical respect entertained for rules. This respect is the mark of a mentality fashioned, not by free cooperation between equals, but by adult constraint.jean piaget
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
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.billy graham
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.Albert Einstein
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?confucius
Your peers will respect you for your integrity and character, not your possessions.David Robinson
I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.Albert Einstein
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.bryant H. mcgill
Churchill, he is a great man. He is, of course, our enemy and has always been the enemy of Communism, but he is an enemy one must respect, an enemy one likes to have.josip broz tito
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.Louis D. Brandeis
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.Barry Bonds
Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not.robert mugabe
It's important for couples to be friends first and to respect each other as individuals.Anupam Kher
They [America] don't practice what they preach, whereas South Africa preaches and practices the same thing. I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he's wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil.malcolm (malcolm little) x
Respect quotes often focus on what must be done to earn the respect of others, with the view that earning respect doesn't always mean being famous or professionally successful.
Bruce Lee equated respect with integrity, believing that respect was earned by being kind, compassionate, ethical, and of sound moral character. "Knowledge will give you power, but character respect," he said. Henri-Frédéric Amiel expressed a similar sentiment in the respect quote, "There is no respect for others without humility in one's self."
Another popular belief is that as human beings, we're all worthy of a basic level of respect. In this viewpoint, everyone has their own unique skills and talents that can be used to contribute to a better world, which means no one person needs to be placed on a pedestal. As Albert Einstein said, "Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized." Dame Vera Lynn agreed, going so far as to call mutual respect a vital part of a civilized society. "Respect is the foundation of a stable way of life and the basis of a code of conduct," she said.