Respect Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old respect quotes, respect sayings, and respect proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A person's a person, no matter how small.     

Dr. Seuss

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.     

Laurence Sterne

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

Albert Einstein

Respect yourself and others will respect you.     


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

When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.     

Thomas S. Monson

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

Ray Davis

Men are respectable only as they respect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Bryant H. McGill

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

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

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you've got to give it.     

R.G. Risch

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

Thomas Paine

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


I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.     

Herbert H. Lehman

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

Julius Erving

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


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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.     

Albert Camus

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 a man, he will do the more.     

James Howell

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

Frank Barron

Treat others as you want them to treat you because what goes around comes around     


He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.     

Persian Proverb

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.     


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

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

Eldridge Cleaver