is to show polite regard and consideration.


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

Laozi Chinese philosopher, Central figure in Taoism

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.”

Voltaire (1694-1778); philosopher, essayist

“I fear no one, but I respect everyone.”

Roger Federer (born 1981); professional tennis player, 5 time Wimbledon Champion

“Treat everyone you meet as though they are the most important person you'll meet today.”

Roger Dawson

“The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); essayist, satirist, historian

“Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.”

Athenæus Greek grammarian, rhetorician

“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

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993); 1st African American to serve on the US Supreme Court

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.”

Persian Proverb

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

Scott Adams (born 1957); creator of Dilbert Comic Strip

“Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.”

Rene Dubois

“Respect a man, and he will do all the more.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.”

William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943); scholar, critic

“If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.”

Spanish Proverb

“Look at what you've got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”


“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 (1918-2013); Former president of South Africa

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. ”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939); poet, Nobel Prize winner

“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 (1706-1790); politician, writer, scientist

“We were taught to respect everyone, especially those who were older and wiser than we were from whom we could learn.”

BeNeca Ward (born 1976); Author of "3rd Generation Country, a Practical Guide to Raising Children with Great Values"

“I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933); 30th US President

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

Chief Seattle (1780-1866); Leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

“You must be respectable, if you will be respected.”

Lord Chesterfield

“Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must lead to recognition.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships.”

Jodie Foster (born 1962); actress

“Be curious, not judgmental. ”

Walt Whitman (1819-1892); poet, humanist

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”

Bono (born 1960); musician, humanitarian

“Probably no greater honor can come to any man than the respect of his colleagues.”

Cary Grant (1904-1986); actor

“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.”


“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 (born 1936); writer

“Confrontation should always leave a person's dignity in tact.”

Dr. A. J. Anglin

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. ”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933); 30th US President

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1919); writer

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

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

Norman Cousins (1915-1990); editor, writer

“The young should be treated with respect.”

Chinese Proverb

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

Keshavan Nair Author, speaker

“My actual life is a fact, in view of which I have no occasion to congratulate myself; but for my faith and aspiration I have respect. It is from these that I speak.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

“Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody.”

Jane Austen (1775-1817); novelist

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

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Your Comments

thanks for the infos. Respect is very important indeed! :)
Rachelle Perez Pascual 17 days ago from Balian, Pangil, Laguna, Philippines

Exactly Mary and ILima!
Suezel 4 months ago from Irvine

Good parenting is many things but none greater than giving the gift of a grandparents wisdom and love. if you have been through a broken relationship, do not take it out on the grandparents of your ex-spouse just for spite. You will leave a void in your children's lives they can never get back. Teach your children to respect the elders just as would every other important thing and encourage them to love their grandparents, no matter what side they come from.
Paula 7 months ago from Montana

I believe that respect should be honored and cherished, not taken for granted.
Toni 7 months ago from Ohio

I'd like to be the kind of person that when people come in contact with me and leave my presence, they feel better, not worse.
Jamie 9 months ago from Maui

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