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.

Show respect to all people, but grove to none.     

Chief Tecumseh

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.     

Baltasar Gracian

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.     

Edward Gibbon

Respect the burden.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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.     


Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect onto others and never expecting any in return.     

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

You will never gain anyone's approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows     

Mandy Hale

Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality.     

Mohammad Rishad sakhi

Respect comes in two unchangeable steps: Giving it and receiving it.     

Edmond Mbiaka

If a person loves you but doesn't respect you then it can not be a real love. It is not possible to love them without respecting them.     

Amit Kalantri

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

Dr. Seuss

This is how you start to get respect, by offering something that you have.     

Mitch Albom

In the end, those who demean others only disrespect themselves     

D.B. Harrop

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 isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.     

Timothy Keller