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Inspiring Quotes on The Importance of Respect

Updated on June 8, 2017

Respect is absolutely needed ingredient in our lives, in our relationships, in friendships, while dating, in a marriage, within the church, the workplace, among bosses and coworkers, as a roommate, neighbors, within family members, when meeting strangers, elderly, people older than us and authority figures. We can respect a person’s time, belongings, race, culture, space, feelings, values, religious beliefs, achievements, views, opinion, perspectives, lifestyle choices. Even when you disagree with an opinion, you can still respect their right to have some insight on an issue. Here are some quotes on respect from famous people on self-respect, how to respect others and gain the respect of others.


“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgement, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. ~Dale Turner

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. Abraham Joshua Heschel

When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself ~Paulo Coehlo

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 free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. ~Joan Didion

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

It's always been a mystery to me how people can respect when they humiliate other humans. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy. ~Unknown

“The greatest reward for your actions is not the respect you gain from others but the respect you gain for yourself.” ~T Jay Taylorlor

Respect Within the Family and Home

“The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to respect the woman that gave birth to his children. It is because of her that you have the greatest treasures in your life. You may have moved on, but your children have not. If you can’t be her soulmate, then at least be thoughtful. Whom your children love should always be someone that you acknowledge with kindness. Your children notice everything and will follow your example.” ~Shannon L. Alder

You have to really respect what your kids are doing with their kids and how they're raising them. You can't push your way into areas where you shouldn't be saying anything. You have to always remember they're not your own kids. Play with them, love them, spoil them to death - then hand them back. ~Billy Crystal

How to Respect Others

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

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

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” ~Steve Maraboli, Life, The Truth and Being Free

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. ~The Bible

Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it's covered; for inside those tattered pages, there's a lot to be discovered. ~Stephen Cosgrove

“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. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.” --Bill Bradley

“When someone respects you, he/she confronts you in private before taking you in public and/or stabbing in the back and backbiting you...”
― ~Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom. John Gray

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” – U. Thant

When employees respect each other and get along in the workplace, it’s amazing how productivity increases, morale increases and employees are more courteous to their customers ~Maureen Wild

“Having respect for your own time will assure respect for the other person's time” ~Robert Half

Leaders and Respect

(Respect God, our Boss, Teachers, Our Pastor, Church Leaders, Police officers, Lawyer, Judges, Leaders in the Government, etc)

It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don't worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers.” --David Joseph Schwartz

”Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.” --Mark A. Clement

If you want to be a great leader, remember to treat all people with respect at all times. For one, because you never know when you'll need their help. And two, because it's a sign you respect people, which all great leaders do. Simon Sinek

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. ~The Bible

Respect God enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves God, grows you in Christ or makes God happy. ~Unknown

Should we not have respect enough to God to make a record of those blessings which He pours out upon us and our official acts which we do in His name upon the face of the earth.
~Wilford Woodruff

Gain Respect From Others

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

You have to Give Respect to Get Respect ~Lauren Barnholdt

Stop focusing on You and start thinking about others ~Jesicka Labud

Being popular comes when you have everything. But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them. ~Queen Rania of Jordan


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      Janellegems 13 months ago from United States

      It absolutely is Margie Lynn. Thanks you for your comment.

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      Margie Lynn 13 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Awesome information, respect is very important in everyone's live!

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      Janellegems 16 months ago from United States

      Respect is very important. Thank you MsDora for stopping by and for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Respect is a big deal for me. I especially appreciate your focus on self-respect. Very helpful quotes!

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      Janellegems 17 months ago from United States

      Yes they do have a great meaning, Devika. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Extraordinary quotes. I like the quotes because each has a great meaning.

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      Janellegems 17 months ago from United States

      Hi Karen. Yes it was some work, but it was fun and I learned a lot in an area. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Karen Hellier 17 months ago from Georgia

      Wow, that was a lot of work to gather all of those quotes. Some I had heard of and some I hadn't. Nice job and very thought provoking!