190 Respect Quotes That Will Make Your Life Better (Today)

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Respect yourself and others will respect you. Confucius

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Little people are indifferent. Superior people are caring. Maxime Lagacé

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Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique. Annie Gottlieb

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Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love. Miguel Angel Ruiz

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Respect is how to treat everyone. Richard Branson


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Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. Laurence Sterne

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Respect a man, he will do the more. James Howell

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They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. Mahatma Gandhi

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If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou

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We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. C. JoyBell C.


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I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. Julius Erving

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There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self. Henri Frederic Amiel

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This is how you start to get respect, by offering something that you have. Mitch Albom

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The more you know and respect yourself, the more impact you will have on people around you. Maxime Lagacé

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Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself. Thomas Paine

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I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. Albert Einstein

Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality. Mohammad Rishad Sakhi

You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected. (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him. William Lyon Phelps

Respect is for those who deserve not for those who demand it. Paulo Coelho

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. Orison Swett Marden

He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique. D.B. Harrop

What women want is what men want. They want respect. Marilyn vos Savant Click to tweet

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One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Bryant H. McGill

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. Frank Herbert

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them. Herbert H. Lehman Click to tweet

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness. African proverb Click to tweet

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. Tecumseh

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man. Norman Cousins

The secret of a happy life is respect. Respect for yourself and respect for others. Ayad Akhtar

Respect begins with this attitude: I acknowledge that you are a creature of extreme worth. Gary Chapman

When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title. Criss Jami

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The Most Famous Respect Quotes (Buddha, Eleanor Roosevelt, Einstein, etc.)

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A person’s a person, no matter how small. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Malcolm X

To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. Voltaire

Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. George Bernard Shaw

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Jr

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

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln

If you treat people right they will treat you right… ninety percent of the time. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Confucius

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

Self-respect knows no considerations. Mahatma Gandhi

I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect. Mahatma Gandhi

We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect. Winston Churchill

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. Winston Churchill

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

Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them. Albert Schweitzer

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Respect yourself above all. Pythagoras Click to tweet

Respect the burden. Napoleon Bonaparte Click to tweet

Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention. Roy T. Bennett

The wise make the world beautiful by respecting others. Maxime Lagacé

Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. Kiana Tom

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. Philip James Bailey Click to tweet

A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect. Unknown

Manners cost nothing. Unknown

Men are respectable only as they respect. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can’t force a person to show you respect but you can refuse to be disrespected. Unknown

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance? A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If we can’t laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others? C.H. Hamel

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If we are not free, no one will respect us. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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Inspirational Respect Quotes

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I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing. Michel de Montaigne

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. Louis Pasteur

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect. George Bernard Shaw

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 may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect. Hermann Hesse

The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way. Carlos Barrios

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. H. L. Mencken

In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself – limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist. Albert Camus

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. Bill Bradley

You should show some respect for what other people see and feel, even though it be the exact opposite of what you see and feel. Luigi Pirandello

It is my theory that when the people can outwit the leader, the more respected their voices will be. Criss Jami Click to tweet

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Respect yourself, respect your own inner voice and follow it. Osho Click to tweet

Deeply respecting yourself is the first step toward having a deep respect for others. Amy Leigh Mercree

Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect onto others and never expecting any in return. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. Roy T. Bennett

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. Amit Ray

Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, & respect when you don’t even show that to yourself. Steve Maraboli

I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place. Maya Angelou

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

Don’t yell at people. Stand up for what’s right. Put yourself in the other persons place. Greg Proops

See also: 12 Tricks That Will Make People Respect You More (socialpronow.com)

Funny And Surprising Respect Quotes

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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill Click to tweet

We can really respect a man only if he doesn’t always look out for himself. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest. Rodney Dangerfield Click to tweet

With my wife I don’t get no respect. I made a toast on her birthday to ‘the best woman a man ever had.’ The waiter joined me. Rodney Dangerfield

So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not grey hair that makes one respectable but character. Rana Junaid Mustafa Gohar

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He who wants a rose must respect her thorn. André Gide Click to tweet

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Albert Camus

Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Caring for your idea and executing it is without a doubt the most important important aspect of self-respect. Maxime Lagacé

Proper respect to others is the most prudent rule of directing the measure of reverence due to ourselves. Norman MacDonald

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself. Mark Twain

At first, they’ll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they’ll dislike you. Criss Jami

Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime. Will Durant

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Whatever you have forgotten, you can remember. Whatever you have buried you can unearth. If you are willing to look deep into your own nature, if you are willing to peel away the layers of not-self you have adopted in making your way through the tribulations of life, you will find that your true self is not as far removed as you think. Meredith Jordan

Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. Timothy J. Keller

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You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are. Amber Heard

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. Robert F. Kennedy

Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views. Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is no respecter of persons. Stephen Fry

Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due. Eldridge Cleaver

Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises. Friedrich Nietzsche

Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you. Frank Barron

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. George Bernard Shaw

We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth. Voltaire

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See also: Are You Too Nice? 7 Ways to Gain Appreciation & Respect (psychologytoday.com)

Wise Respect Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others. Robert Schuller

Awe and respect are two different things. Oliver Reed Click to tweet

“I was wrong”, builds more respect than “I told you so”. Dan Rockwell

Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it. R.G. Risch

Realize that you yourself are imperfect and flawed and you’ll be more forgiving and respectful of others. Maxime Lagacé

The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself. Napoleon Hill

People crave for more respect than love, because they expect love only from few people but they want respect from everyone. Amit Kalantri

We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. Hunter S. Thompson

The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard. William Hazlitt

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The right to be respected is won by respecting others. Vasyl Sukhomlynsky Click to tweet

What withdraws, what becomes scarce, suddenly seems to deserve our respect and honor. What stays too long, inundating us with its presence, makes us disdain it. Robert Greene

If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly. Max Nordau

Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use. Gamaliel Bailey

The only true disability is the inability to accept and respect differences. Unknown

Respecting others’ opinions doesn’t mean being untrue to our own. P. M. Forni

Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all. Ray Davis

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Part 3. Respect Quotes About…

Quotes About Showing Respect To Others, Understanding, Kindness

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Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. Lakhdar Brahimi Click to tweet

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. Dalai Lama

A man must learn to understand the motives of human beings, their illusions, and their sufferings in order to acquire a proper relationship to individual fellow-men and to the community. Albert Einstein

Don’t be that egocentric narcissist who is so focused on his goals that forget that other are, too, people. Maxime Lagacé

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own. Eric Hoffer

Be a warrior when it comes to delivering on your ambitions. And a saint when it comes to treating people with respect, modeling generosity, and showing up with outright love. Robin S. Sharma

I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that. Robert Michaels

We must express ourselves in ways that demonstrate our respect for others. Stephen Carter

I respect people and expect that kind of respect back. Dennis Franz

Once you take care of people, people respect you. George Weah

Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. Nathaniel Branden

Respect requires empathy, the capacity to anticipate and understand the feelings of others. It requires consideration. Deborah Norville

The key is to learn to respect and honor the complications of other people’s lives. Goldie Hawn

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. Arapaho proverb

It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias. Criss Jami

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Quotes About Respect That Is Earned

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Respect is earned, not given. Unknown (wisdomquotes.com believes that respect can be given too) Click to tweet

Treat others with respect and others will respect you. Anthony Douglas Williams

You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect. Lawrence Goldstone

Some people will work hard to impress others. What’s truly impressive is doing work for its own sake, for the love of it. That’s the way to earn lasting respect. Maxime Lagacé

Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned. Unknown Click to tweet

Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned. David Gemmell

Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given. Hussein Nishah

Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it. Unknown

My approach is that you have to earn the respect of people you work with. Mark Pincus

Quotes About Disrespect, Lack of Respect, Lost Respect

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Disrespect is the weapon of the weak. Alice Miller Click to tweet

Respect at the cost of others is disrespect in effect. Muhammad Tariq Majeed

One of the best response to disrespect toward yourself is indifference. Maxime Lagacé

People are drawn to those who expect a lot out of life, whereas they tend to disrespect those who are fearful and undemanding. Robert Greene

If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do. Vironika Tugaleva

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

Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but a reflection of yours. Unknown

There can be disagreement without disrespect. Unknown

Those who disrespect you with their mouth don’t deserve your ear. Curtis Tyrone Jones

What goes around, comes around. Willie Nelson Click to tweet

Familiarity breeds contempt. Aesop

Distance yourself from people who: Lie to you. Disrespect you. Use you. Put you down. Unknown

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez

Don’t let people disrespect you. My mom says don’t open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people. Cuba Gooding Jr

There’s not enough time to be disrespecting… Life is too short. Mary J. Blige

Instead of respecting things, we want to use them for ourselves and if it is difficult to use them, we want to conquer them. Shunryu Suzuki

A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king. Criss Jami

Renunciation is dropping the fear, anger, respect, and disrespect but continuously radiating unconditional love for everyone. Amit Ray

Disrespect for life is a direct reflection of violating the laws of the kingdom of love. Sunday Adelaja

Respect depicts acceptance while disrespect is rejection. Fawad Afzal Khan

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority. Rita Mae Brown

In the end, those who demean others only disrespect themselves. D.B. Harrop

Part 4. Respect Quotes From The Bible

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And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Peter 2:17

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness. Titus 2:7

Even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Corinthians 10:33

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 Click to tweet

So the last will be first, and the first last. Matthew 20:16

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. Thessalonians 5:12-13

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him. Proverbs 14:31

For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:25

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To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. Bono Click to tweet

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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