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

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Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due. Eldridge Cleaver

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Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office. Aesop

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One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself. Edgar Watson Howe

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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. John W. Gardner

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Respect starts with yourself.

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The myths have always condemned those who looked back. Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision. Dag Hammarskjöld

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Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled. Samuel Johnson

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A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. Thomas Hardy

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The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Oscar Wilde

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I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose. Hubert Humphrey

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Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse. Henrik Ibsen

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Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck. François de La Rochefoucauld

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The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved. William Blake

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Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep. Quentin Crisp

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Attention and respect give pleasure, however late, or however useless. But they are not useless, when they are late, it is reasonable to rejoice, as the day declines, to find that it has been spent with the approbation of mankind. Samuel Johnson

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We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth. Voltaire

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Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem. Nicolas Chamfort

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If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society.

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Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can't blame them for that, can you? George Bernard Shaw

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To depersonalize man is the dominant drift of our times. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps. D. H. Lawrence

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There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom. Alice Walker

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In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob. Salvador Dalí

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Respect the burden. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts. Abraham Lincoln

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Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Albert Camus

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Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak. They a Oscar Wilde

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A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. Napoleon Bonaparte

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When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself. Mark Twain

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Men are respectable only as they respect. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man. Samuel Johnson

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We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away. Plutarch

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I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep. Joseph de Maistre

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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.

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I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. Malcolm X

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We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another. Henry David Thoreau

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

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What reinforcement we may gain from hope; If not, what resolution from despair. John Milton

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I hate victims who respect their executioners. Jean-Paul Sartre

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Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.

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No place in England where everyone can go is considered respectable. George Moore

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

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In his private heart no man much respects himself. Mark Twain

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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. Socrates