Reverence Sayings and Quotes

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

The noble soul reveres itself.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Even the proud in all their boasting, must fall silent before the wise.     

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

The reverence for the deeds of our ancestors is a treacherous sentiment. Their merit was not to reverence the old, but to honor the present moment; and we falsely make them excuses of the very habit which they hated and defied.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Proper respect to others is the most prudent rule of directing the measure of reverence due to ourselves.     

Norman Macdonald

Worship means reverence and humility. It means revering your real self and humbling delusions.     


Reverence is one of the signs of strength, irreverence one of the surest indications of weakness. No man will rise high who jeers at sacred things. The fine loyalties of life must be reverenced or they will be fore sworn in the day of trial.     

Source Unknown

Reverence to a woman in courtship is less to be dispensed with, as, generally, there is but little of it shown afterwards.     

Samuel Richardson

The reverence for the Scriptures is an element of civilization, for thus has the history of the world been preserved, and is preserved.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reverence is the sense that there is something larger than the self, larger even than the human, to which one accords respect and awe and assent.     

Ursula Goodenough

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.     

John Milton

Reverence is the chief joy and power of life - reverence for that which is pure and bright in youth; for what is true and tried in age; for all that is gracious among the living, great among the dead, - and marvelous in the powers that cannot die.     

John Ruskin

Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.     

Sogyal Rinpoche

Reverence makes it possible to be whole, though ignorant. It is the wholeness of understanding.     

Wendell Berry

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.     

Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.     

Albert Schweitzer

Reverence is profound respect mingled with love     

David O. McKay

Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.     

Margaret Fuller

Reverence for life is more than solicitude or sensitivity for life. It is a sense of the whole, a capacity for inspired response, a respect for the intricate universe of individual life. It is the supreme awareness of awareness itself.     

Norman Cousins

Who is to decide what ought to command my reverence--my neighbor or I? . . You can't have reverence for a thing that doesn't command it. If you could do that, you could digest what you haven't eaten, and do other miracles and get a reputation.      

Mark Twain

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.     


A reverence for life needs to be developed, in which all things are sacred.      

Frederick Lindemann

A holy reverence checks our speech, And praise sits silent on our tongues.     

Isaac Watts

Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.      


Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.      

Francis Bacon

Competition of praise inclineth to a reverence of antiquity. For men contend with the living, not with the dead.     

Thomas Hobbes

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.     


Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.     


Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance and that is always conducive to humility and reverence.     

Robert Millikan

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.      

George Eliot