32 Quotes About Having Respect For Others

The following collection of quotes is all about having respect for others.

Respecting others is not just polite, it’s necessary for healthy relationships.

When we respect someone else, they are more likely to treat us with the same consideration in return. If this doesn’t happen though, it can lead to hurt feelings and conflict.

What ‘Having Respect For Others’ Actually Means

Respecting others means to regard or treat someone with an attitude of admiration or esteem.

When someone respects someone else, they hold them in high regard and act accordingly; this means that they are careful not to demean the other person and ensure that they consider their rights, feelings and opinions.


How Do We Show Respect For Others?

We can show respect for others by:

  • Listening thoughtfully and with interest,
  • Not interrupting them while they are speaking,
  • Treating them as we would like to be treated, i.e. with fairness and dignity,
  • Considering their feelings by trying to ‘put yourself in their shoes’,
  • Being tolerant of differences in opinions,
  • Not speaking about them in a degrading way behind their backs or in their presence,
  • Respecting their opinions; even if we do not share them,
  • Honouring their requests and wishes,
  • Acknowledging the effort that went into something that’s important to them,
  • Apologizing if our behavior harms another person’s dignity or wellbeing.


Quotes About Respect For Others

Respecting the ideas of others allows people to feel safe in sharing their thoughts and opinions. This can be especially important within a community, such as school or work colleagues. Having this attitude encourages all ideas to be heard, which can lead to new solutions being developed.

The following quotes help to inspire the concept of mutual respect:


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


“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu


“Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” Thomas Paine


“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” Albert Einstein


“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


“A healthy, vital society is not one in which we all agree. It is one in which those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people’s opinions… and an appreciation of our shared humanity.” Marianne Williamson


“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Sterne


“Respect comes in two unchangeable steps: giving it and receiving it.” Edmond Mbiaka


“Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” Annie Gottlieb


“To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.” Voltaire


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou


“Respecting someone indicates the quality of your personality.” Mohammad Rishad Sakhi


Quotes About Having Respect for Others


“A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.” Dave Barry


“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.” Sandra Day O’Connor


“Respect is how to treat everyone.” Richard Branson


“We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other.” Malala Yousafzai


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


“Be loyal to those who are loyal to you. And respect everyone, even your enemies and competition.” John Cena


“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 once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Abraham Lincoln


“Don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with.” Gerard K. O’Neill


“I’m not afraid to fight for things I believe in, and I’m not afraid to respect people that have another point of view.” Erin O’Toole


“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” Henri Frederic Amiel


“Respect has nothing to do with who is right and who is wrong. It has to do with allowing space for someone else’s opinion.”Jackie Viramontez


“It’s amazing what people will do when you see the best in them, when you honor them, when you respect them. It not only strengthens the relationship, but it will help that other person rise higher.” Joel Osteen


“The right to be respected is won by respecting others.” Vasyl Sukhomlynsky


“We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.” Pope John Paul II


“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” Thomas Carlyle


“Respect other people regardless of the level they are at… or the level you are at. When you hand out respect, you get it back.” Erik Estrada


“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” Dalai Lama


Respecting the rights and feelings of those around us is easier said than done, but if we take a moment before responding in certain situations it will help us become more aware of what our actions may be doing to other people.

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