Quotations: Respect

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; Take honour from me, and my life is done.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616), from King Richard II

Once integrity goes, the rest is a piece of cake.
— J.R. Ewing, lead character in the 20th-century American television show Dallas

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
— Jesus (from the Bible, Matthew 22:39)

I do not serve what you worship; nor do you serve what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine.
— The Koran

The words you speak today should be soft and tender … for tomorrow you may have to eat them.
— Unknown

Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

In his private heart no man much respects himself.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

The highest result of education is tolerance.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
— Bonaro Overstreet, American poet and psychologist (1902-1985)

Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.
— W.H. Auden, English poet (1907-1973)

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
— Jesse Jackson, American political activist and preacher (b. 1941)

Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
— Jonathan Swift, English satirist (1667-1745)

The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
— Ann Landers (Esther Pauline Friedman), American newspaper advice columnist (1918-2002)

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.
— Muhammad Ali, boxer

Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority.
— Vince Lombardi, football coach

It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.
— Harry Sheehy, athletic director

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.
— Anonymous

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
— Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, presidential candidate (1900-1965)

No man is a hero to his valet.
— Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel, Parisian hostess and woman of letters (1614-1694)

Never kick a man when he’s up.
— Thomas Tip ONeill, American politician, speaker of the House of Representatives (1912-1994)

Whatever your grade or position, if you know how and when to speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased.
— Ralph C. Smedley, American founder of Toastmasters International (1878-1965)

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.
— Unknown

Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.
— William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

Punctuality is the politeness of kings and the duty of gentle people everywhere.
— Unknown

When you go to a donkey’s house, don’t talk about ears.
— Jamaican proverb

Respect yourself and others will respect you.
— Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), Chinese sage (551-479 B.C.)

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
— Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal)

Respect the rights of others, and you will have peace.
— Mexican proverb

Treat the world well. It was not given to you by your parents. You are borrowing it from your children.
— Kenyan proverb

Respect is love in plain clothes.
— Frankie Byrne, Irish radio broadcaster

It’s not what you call me, but what I answer to.
— African proverb

The price of your hat isn’t the measure of your brain.
— African-American proverb

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
— Jackie Robinson, first Major League African-American baseball player (1919-1972)

If you want a rose, you must respect the thorns.
— Persian proverb

We can really respect a man only if he doesn’t always look out for himself.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German playwright, poet, novelist (1749-1832)

All bullies are cowards, and most cowards are bullies.
— Proverb

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd American President (1882-1945)

Many argue; not many converse.
— Louisa May Alcott, American writer (1832-1888)

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
— Arapaho (Native-American) proverb

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
— Chief Seattle (1784-1866) of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and allied Native American tribes, in an 1854 letter to President Franklin Pierce

Nature has given us two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak.
— Greek proverb

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
— Aldo Leopold, American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist (1887-1948)

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929 – 1968)

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk.
— Margaret Chase Smith, politician (1897-1995)

Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
— Jewish proverb

The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth.
— French proverb

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
— Ernest J. Gaines, author