Respect Sayings and Quotes

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It’s not just for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Respect should be given if you expect to receive it in return. Showing consideration for others goes a long way. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and inspirational respect quotes, sayings, and proverbs.

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

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

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

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


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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Respect is an invention of people who want to cover up the empty place where love should be.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

William Lyon Phelps

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

You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.

Lawrence Goldstone

If we can respect the divine within us, if we can treat it with dignity, then we can respect others around us.     

Vishwas Chavan

Respect begins with this attitude: I acknowledge that you are a creature of extreme worth.     

Gary Chapman

People crave for more respect than love, because they expect love only from few people but they want respect from everyone.

Amit Kalantri

Respect at the cost of others is disrespect in effect.

Muhammad Tariq Majeed

When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.

Jean Vanier

The only true disability is the inability to accept and respect differences.     

Comic Strip Mama

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


It is not grey hair that makes one respectable but character.     

Rana Junaid Mustafa Gohar

Men are respectable only as they respect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

R.G. Risch

Respect yourself and others will respect you.


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

Thomas Paine

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.


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