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Respect

  • It is characteristic to believe that those in need are given to, that the squeaky hinge is the one that gets the oil, but in the realm of emotions this is not so. It is the person who does not solicit liking and love, admiration and respect, sympathy and empathy to whom they are freely given.

  • If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly different from yourself — as men have done to women, and class has done to class, and nation has done to nation — you may hate it or deify it; but in either case you have denied its spiritual equality and its human reality. You have made it into a thing, to which the only possible relationship is a power relationship. And thus you have fatally impoverished your own reality.

  • ... disrespectful words cannot entirely be eaten, ever. Respect is a kind of Humpty Dumpty. All the king's horses can't put it all the way up again.

  • Respect for each other is at the heart of maintaining balance in a family. If we cannot accept each other's ways we risk losing each other entirely.

  • Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man.

  • ... the more thoughtful you are of others, the more thoughtful they will be of you. The more you respect them, the more you will win their respect.

  • If a mother respects both herself and her child from his very first day onward, she will never need to teach him respect for others.

  • People have a right to their own lives, and if you can't help somebody, you ought to get out of their way.

    • Kate Millett,
    • in Andrea Freud Loewenstein interview, Sojourners ()
  • The sole a priori starting from which I can approach the other is respect, that is, a going-towards that will as well be a withdrawing-before and -around the other in order to let this other exist and be.

  • Traditional morality ... does not teach us how to let the other follow his or her own path, meet with whomever he or she desires, go where he or she wants.

  • ... letting be is as important as mastering. Our tradition has encouraged us to be effective, to make or fabricate but not to let be born or let be.

  • Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.

  • Some people look for respect but they don't know how to get it. If you give it, I swear to God, you'll get it.

  • One must have the humility and the imagination to honor all deep human experiences — not least those one has never come near to sharing.

  • The respect that is only bought by gold is not worth much.

  • A gentleman can always be told by the way he speaks to those that he thinks are his inferiors in some respect. His equals he does not wish to offend, his superiors he does not dare to offend, and of those whom he considers his inferiors he would be all the more considerate.

  • Never take anything in life but flowers, and from flowers, only the perfume ...

  • Got to learn to respect what we don't understand.