We’re at the peak of our civilization and we’ve got speakers everywhere telling us to be kinder to each other. Yet it appears that respect is rather declining. Everybody wants respect, but too few are willing to offer it back.

For some reason, a lot of people have become meaner and more self-centered. They can’t stand others having different opinions, looking or acting different. A simple post on social media can trigger an “online war” where people from all around the world would trash each other for nothing.

Respect is about accepting people for who they are, even when they’re different from you or when you don’t agree with them. Acknowledging other people’s worth will bring you in exchange the admiration you want and it will also help you build trust and stronger relationships.

As a reminder of the importance of being polite and respectful, we’ve put together a collection of wise respect quotes. Read them and chose to become a person who cares about other people’s rights and feelings, a person who commands but also offers respect.

Here are 30 respect quotes to make you want to become a better person:

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.


BRUCE LEE (more Bruce Lee quotes)

Respect yourself and others will respect you.


CONFUCIUS

If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.


MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.


ALBERT CAMUS (more Albert Camus quotes)

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


JULIUS ERVING

Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.


GAMALIEL BAILEY

I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.


ROBERT MICHAELS

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


BRYANT H. MCGILL

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.


RICHARD BACH

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

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

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.


BILLY GRAHAM

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


LAURENCE STERN

Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom.


HORST KOEHLER

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.


HARVEY MILK

It is the way one treats his inferiors more than the way he treats his equals which reveals one’s real character.


CHARLES BAYARD MITCHELL

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.


DALAI LAMA (more Dalai Lama quotes)

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.


CLINT EASTWOOD (more Clint Eastwood quotes)

You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.   


LAWRENCE GOLDSTONE

As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.


STOCKWELL DAY

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


DR. SEUSS (more Dr. Seuss quotes)

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I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.


ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY

Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?


MARILYN MONROE

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.


LEO TOLSTOY (more Leo Tolstoy quotes)

Someone once told me that if you respect a person, listen to their opinion. And if you do not respect someone, then do not listen to their opinion. And that works both ways.


MAISIE WILLIAMS

We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.


TAYLOR SWIFT

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


GARY CHAPMAN

We must express ourselves in ways that demonstrate our respect for others.


STEPHEN CARTER

Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention.


ROY T. BENNETT