Top Quotes About Respect - It's Importance for All of Us

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Quote: One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. by author Bryant McGill overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
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One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.


Quote: The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought. by author Henry Waxman overlaid on photo of white brick wall planning
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The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought.


Quote: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. Because of our involvement in humanity we must be concerned about every human being.


Quote: Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. by author Bruce Lee overlaid on photo of road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
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Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.


Quote: Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect. by author Mona Sutphen overlaid on photo of white and purple flower in macro shot
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Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.


Quote: Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare. by author Brené Brown overlaid on photo of birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime
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Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.


Quote: He who wants a rose must respect her thorn. by author Andre Gide overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
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He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.


Quote: An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Martin Luther King Jr.  with quote

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.


Quote: Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views. by author Mahatma Gandhi overlaid on photo of blue
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Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.


Quote: The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. by author Michel de Montaigne overlaid on photo of mountain dew during sunrise
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.


Quote: Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue. by author John Herschel overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman playing guitars
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Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.


Quote: If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table
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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.


Quote: The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect. by author Thomas Huxley overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
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The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.


Quote: Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. by author Tecumseh overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro beside plant in vase
Photo Credit: Sarah Dorweiler

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.


Quote: The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. by author Samuel Johnson overlaid on photo of pink flower with green stem
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The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.


Quote: The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around. by author Renee Olstead overlaid on photo of woman in white and black striped shirt standing on yellow sunflower field during daytime
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The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around.


Quote: Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it. by author Orhan Pamuk overlaid on photo of people kissing scene
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Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it.


Quote: Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. by author Philip James Bailey overlaid on photo of purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography
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Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.


Quote: The first duty of love is to listen. by author Paul Tillich overlaid on photo of blue flower in close up photography
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The first duty of love is to listen.


Quote: The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself. by author Napoleon Hill overlaid on photo of white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair
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The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.


Quote: My approach is that you have to earn the respect of people you work with. by author Mark Pincus overlaid on photo of multicolored abstract painting
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My approach is that you have to earn the respect of people you work with.


Quote: I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing. by author Michel de Montaigne overlaid on photo of person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs
Photo Credit: Bruno Nascimento

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.


Quote: Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of tree under blue sky
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Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.


Quote: If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are. by author John W. Gardner overlaid on photo of married couple walking in field wallpaper
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If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.


Quote: Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. by author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.


Quote: Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
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Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.


Quote: I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. by author Frederick Douglass overlaid on photo of woman exercising indoors
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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence. From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace.


Quote: The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal. by author E. M. Forster overlaid on photo of photo of author E. M. Forster with quote

The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.


Quote: When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of person holding gray leaf
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When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.


Quote: To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. by author Bono overlaid on photo of closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
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To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.


Quote: We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of yellow and black butterfly perched on green leaf in close up photography during daytime
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We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.


Quote: Respect depends on reciprocity. by author Nyang Proverb overlaid on photo of 3 women standing on green grass field under blue sky during daytime
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Respect depends on reciprocity.


Quote: A person that does not value your time will not value your advice. by author Orrin Woodward overlaid on photo of men walking on road
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A person that does not value your time will not value your advice.


Quote: Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect. by author George Sand overlaid on photo of four men sitting beside table
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Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect.


Quote: It is mutual respect which makes friendship lasting. by author John Henry Newman overlaid on photo of four person standing beside wall
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It is mutual respect which makes friendship lasting.


Quote: The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them. by author Steve Hall overlaid on photo of man carrying woman
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The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them.


Quote: When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them. by author Jean Vanier overlaid on photo of two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
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When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.


Quote: He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them. by author Mencius overlaid on photo of two silver tabby kittens
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He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.


Quote: If men are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease to respect each other for what they own. by author A. J. P. Taylor overlaid on photo of photo of author A. J. P. Taylor with quote

If men are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease to respect each other for what they own.


Quote: We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. by author Hunter S. Thompson overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
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We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.


Quote: Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human. by author John Cogley overlaid on photo of two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba

Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.


Quote: Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.


Quote: Respect depicts acceptance while disrespect is rejection. by author Fawad Khan overlaid on photo of photo of author Fawad Khan with quote

Respect depicts acceptance while disrespect is rejection.


Quote: Renunciation is dropping the fear, anger, respect, and disrespect but continuously radiating unconditional love for everyone. by author Amit Ray overlaid on photo of people holding shoulders sitting on wall
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Renunciation is dropping the fear, anger, respect, and disrespect but continuously radiating unconditional love for everyone.


Quote: A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king. by author Criss Jami overlaid on photo of Criss Jami quote; white text on black background

A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king.


Quote: What goes around, comes around. by author Willie Nelson overlaid on photo of 3 women standing on green grass field under blue sky during daytime
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What goes around, comes around.


Quote: If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do. by author Vironika Tugaleva overlaid on photo of aerial photography of pine trees with mist
Photo Credit: Dorel Gnatiuc

If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.


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.


Quote: Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned. by author David Gemmell overlaid on photo of two women walking around near mountain at daytime
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Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned.


Quote: Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
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Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.


Quote: You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect. by author Lawrence Goldstone overlaid on photo of three woman holding hands white walking
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You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.


Quote: Respect requires empathy, the capacity to anticipate and understand the feelings of others. It requires consideration. by author Deborah Norville overlaid on photo of woman in white and black striped shirt standing on yellow sunflower field during daytime
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Respect requires empathy, the capacity to anticipate and understand the feelings of others. It requires consideration.


Quote: Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience. by author Theodore Roosevelt overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.


Quote: Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all. by author Ray Davis overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.


Quote: The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard. by author William Hazlitt overlaid on photo of white tulips in white background
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The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.


The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.


Quote: You should show some respect for what other people see and feel, even though it be the exact opposite of what you see and feel. by author Luigi Pirandello overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
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You should show some respect for what other people see and feel, even though it be the exact opposite of what you see and feel.


Quote: Men are respectable only as they respect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Men are respectable only as they respect.


Quote: A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of people walking on grey concrete floor during daytime
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A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.


Quote: Respect the burden. by author Napoléon Bonaparte overlaid on photo of low-angle photography of man in the middle of buidligns
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Respect the burden.


Quote: Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them. by author Albert Schweitzer overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Schweitzer with quote

Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.


Quote: 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. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

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.


Quote: 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. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
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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.


Quote: What women want is what men want. They want respect. by author Marilyn vos Savant overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on white wall
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What women want is what men want. They want respect.


Quote: This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him. by author William Lyon Phelps overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
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This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.


Quote: Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality. by author Mohammad Rishad Sakhi overlaid on photo of person holding light bulb
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Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality.


Quote: Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.


Quote: Respect a man, he will do the more. by author James Howell overlaid on photo of person standing near the stairs
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Respect a man, he will do the more.


Quote: Respect is how to treat everyone. by author Richard Branson overlaid on photo of 2 women standing on brown field during daytime
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Respect is how to treat everyone.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.


Quote: Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique. by author Annie Gottlieb overlaid on photo of woman in white dress walking on pathway between trees during daytime
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Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.


Quote: If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away. by author John Steinbeck overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.


Quote: Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime. by author Will Durant overlaid on photo of red rose wallpaper
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Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.


Quote: Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. by author U Thant overlaid on photo of person holding gold ring in dark room
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Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.


Quote: I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty. by author Summer Altice overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty.


Quote: Awe and respect are two different things. by author Oliver Reed overlaid on photo of low-angle photography of man in the middle of buidligns
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Awe and respect are two different things.


Quote: There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. by author Nathaniel Branden overlaid on photo of two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
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There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.


Quote: 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. by author Maisie Williams overlaid on photo of icy mountain scenery
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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.


Quote: Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots
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Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.


Quote: Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. by author Kiana Tom overlaid on photo of men walking on road
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Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.


Quote: If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. by author Louis D. Brandeis overlaid on photo of orange cat stretching on white surface
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If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.


Quote: I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. by author Julius Erving overlaid on photo of brides and groom looking each other
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I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.


Quote: Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom. by author Horst Koehler overlaid on photo of brown short coated puppy on white textile
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Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom.


Quote: Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. by author George Bernard Shaw overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.


Quote: I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them. by author Charles de Gaulle overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles de Gaulle with quote

I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.


Quote: A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. by author Billy Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Billy Graham with quote

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


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