One of the most beautiful qualities in a human being is politeness and treating everyone equally. Unfortunately, though, respect for others is something we often forget in this day and age.

When we are so focused on striving towards our goals, we can become self-centered and unsympathetic towards others. We think only of ourselves and disregard the wants and needs of others. This can have a detrimental effect on our relationships, but it also contributes to a hostile and selfish world.

1. When you diet and exercise, you only help yourself; nothing you’re doing there is helping anyone else. When you build medical technology you not only help yourself, you help all the humans that will ever exist in the future. – Richard Heart

2. Self-respect is the great thing to be always worked for and desired. – Joseph G. Eastland

3. The right to be respected is won by respecting others. – Vasyl Sukhomlynsky

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

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

6. It’s very hard to shoot a moving target, so at a distance consider running instead of complying with demands. – Richard Heart

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

8. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. – Albert Einstein

9. All she wanted was love with respect, respect was so important to her, and I could give her that. – Dean Koontz

10. 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

11. Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. – Richard Heart

12. Perhaps you shouldn’t be answering the door at all really. If you don’t answer your door, you can’t be served with a subpoena, or punched in the face. – Richard Heart

13. I had done all that I could, and no Man is well pleased to have his all neglected, be it ever so little. – Samuel Johnson

14. I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect. – J. D. Salinger

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

16. A person that does not value your time will not value your advice. – Orrin Woodward

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

18. If your future is important enough to save for, it’s important enough to be around for. – Richard Heart

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

20. Humility and respect tells much more about your background than your personality. – Kate Iroegbu

21. 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

22. You demand respect and you’ll get it. First of all, you give respect. – Mary J. Blige

23. Better live happy away from glamor, smooth words, hand-clapping, and selfish gratification than Dog to some Master whose whistle you are bound to respect. – Napoleon Hill

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

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

26. 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, Siddhartha

27. A person’s a person, no matter how small. – Dr. Seuss

28. Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. – Barry Bonds

29. Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. – Barry Bonds

30. I respect you as my king, and I respect you as my father, but I do not respect you as a man! – Rebecca McKinsey

31. A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul. – Karl Lagerfeld

32. The reciprocity of respect accrues to us not only from those we respect but also from others who perceive that we respect ourselves. – Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

33. When respect is shown according to what is proper, one keeps far from shame and disgrace. – Confucius

34. 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

35. Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love. – Angel Ruiz

36. I would rather wear a suit everyday and be respected than dress half naked and be disrespected. – Bianca Frazier

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

38. Self-reliance and self respect are about as valuable commodities as we can carry in our pack through life. – Luther Burbank

39. We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other. – Malala Yousafzai

40. Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn. – A.J. Darkholme

41. Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. – Leo Tolstoy

42. So well thy words become thee as thy wounds, They smack of honor both. – William Shakespeare

43. We do not possess our home, our children, or even our own body. They are only given to us for a short while to treat with care and respect. – Buddha

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

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

46. Self-respect is the noblest garment with which a man may clothe himself. – Samuel Smiles

47. Women are the nourishing power of the Universe. Whoever has deep respect for women of the world, will remain free from diseases. – Amit Ray

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

49. Always respect another’s opinion and another’s point of view. – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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

The truth is, if people put as much attention on being respectful as they do on being successful, the world would be a much friendlier, loving, and compassionate place. Showing respect to others means accepting they are no better or worse than you and that they matter too.

If you know that you don’t show enough compassion and understanding to others, know that making a few changes in the way you act can help build a world where there is more equality. The following respect quotes will help you realize that we are all the same and inspire you to treat people with more kindness and admiration.

We hope these respect quotes have reminded you of the importance of choosing compassion and kindness when interacting with others. While we may only be one person in a world of 8 billion, the thoughts, words, and actions we choose can have a more significant impact than we think.

By showing respect to everyone we encounter, we set a positive example for others to follow. What’s more, people are naturally attracted to those with loving and kind qualities, so the more respect you show to others, the more you will receive.


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