Quotes About Respect For Thought

Respect denotes both a positive feeling of esteem for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I have great respect for her judgment”).

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Criticizing and objecting to everything means an attempt to destruction. If you do not like something, try to make something better than it. Being destructive causes ruins, while being constructive brings about prosperity. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Give value to every word in a meeting. Don’t immediately reject those that don’t conform to your ideas. Think that the idea might have been expressed from a different viewpoint, and be patient until the end! – M. Fethullah Gulen

Failure is the inescapable end of the ill-fated and forlorn ones who are far from facing their era with their own language and thought. Just as important as ensuring language and thought survive is making them a property of the masses. Societies which do not think and speak will find others speak and think on their behalf. Logic is in disposal of the tongue in crowds where there is speech without thought. Those unfortunate ones who cannot put what they think into words are slaves of their incapability. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The line of struggle followed by the righteous people to whom God promised the future of the world may be summed up in two words: action and thought. In fact, the way to true existence is action and thought, and likewise the way to renewal, individual and collective. It may even be said that every being is the product of certain movements and disciplines and its continuance depends on the same. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Language is not only a means of speech and thought, it is a bridge with the significant function of bringing the wealth of the past to our day and conveying today’s heritage and our new compositions to the future. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The basic dynamic of our life of action and thought is our spiritual life, which is based on our religious values. Just a rose-bud turned towards light unfurls into an elaborate flower, so we, in the past, appeared as a great nation in the historical and international arena after we turned towards and embraced our religion. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The relationship between language and thought comprises cognitive and intellectual reflections on existence and events, transforming these reflections into sources of information, and becoming productive while forming links between the cosmos and our knowledge.- M. Fethullah Gulen

  • The born leader is a fiction invented by ‘born followers’. Leadership is not a gift at birth; it is an award for growing to full moral stature. It is the only prize that a man must win everyday. The prize is the respect of others, earned by the disciplines that generate self-respect.
    • Colonel Wheeler L. Baker, USMC, Ret., as quoted in The Cadence (2009), yearbook of Hargrave Military Academy, p. F
  • The man who attempted to retain for himself land or goods, or who fenced off a portion of the common ground and—like the modern landlord—would allow no one to till it who did not pay him a tax—was a criminal of the deepest dye. Nevertheless the criminals pushed their way to the front, and have become the respectables of modern society.
    • Edward Carpenter, Defence of Criminals: A Criticism of Morality (1889)
  • We claim no respectability. There’s no status I would not surrender for a joke. So we don’t have to defend anything.
    • Stephen Colbert Rolling Stone interview (31 October 2006)
  • Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let’s now stop being so damned respectful!
  • Richard Dawkins Has the world changed?, The Guardian (October 11, 2001)
  • If ever I become entirely respectable I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself.
    • Eugene V. Debs, “The Canton, Ohio Speech, Anti-War Speech” in The Call (16 June 1918)
  • 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 Dostoevsky, The Insulted and the Injured (1861).
  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
    • Albert Einstein, in a letter to Jost Winteler, c.1901. Highfield, Roger; Carter, Paul (1994), “The Delicate Subject”, The Private Lives of Albert Einstein (1st United States ed.), St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan), pp. 78–79, ISBN 9780312302276, OCLC 29702990, retrieved on August 11, 2012.
  • My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
    • Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild (My World-View) (1931).
  • Do me wrong, honey, if you wanna to
    You can do me wrong honey, while I’m gone
    But all I’m asking
    Is for a little respect when I come home

    • Otis Redding, Respect (1965)
    • I ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone
      I ain’t gonna do you wrong ’cause I don’t wanna
      All I’m asking is for a little respect when you come home

      • Variant by Aretha Franklin (1967).
  • Entre los Individuos, como entre Las Naciones, El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.
    • Translation: Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.
    • Benito Juárez, Statement of Juárez inscribed as a Motto on the State Flag of Oaxaca, of which he was Governor from 1847 to 1853.
    • Variant translations: Among individuals as among nations, when there is respect, there is peace. Respect for the rights of others means peace.
  • To further the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all the processes and fulfillments of art—this is one of the fascinating challenges of these days.
    • John F. Kennedy, “The Arts in America,” Look (December 18, 1962), p. 110.
  • Achte dich selbst, wenn du willst, dass andere dich achten sollen!
    • Translation: Respect yourself, if you want others to respect you.
    • Adolf Freiherr Knigge, from Über den Umgang mit Menschen.
  • Respect is the foundation of a stable way of life and the basis of a code of conduct.
    • Dame Vera Lynn, English singer, variety performer. Ch. 7, Sincerely Yours, Some Sunny Day (2009), p. 161.
  • Self-respect without the respect of others is like a jewel which will not stand the daylight.
    • Alfred Nobel [1]
  • He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire them in regard for himself, while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his inferiors, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.
    • John McAllister Schofield, U.S. Army lieutenant general and Medal of Honor recipient, as quoted in the October 2006 publication of Field Manual 6-22 (FM-22-100): Army Leadership by Headquarters, Department of the Army, p. 4-5
  • Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. This, as the sages of many lands have taught us, is a golden rule in individual and group, as well as international, relations.
    • U Thant, Portfolio for Peace (1968), p. 92.
  • It occurred to him that what had appeared perfectly impossible before, namely that he had not spent his life as he should have done, might after all be true. It occurred to him that his scarcely perceptible attempts to struggle against what was considered good by the most highly placed people, those scarcely noticeable impulses which he had immediately suppressed, might have been the real thing, and all the rest false. And his professional duties and the whole arrangement of his life and of his family, and all his social and official interests, might all have been false. He tried to defend all those things to himself and suddenly felt the weakness of what he was defending.
    • Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, ch.11
  • The combination of these two facts — the longing in the depth of the heart for absolute good, and the power, though only latent, of directing attention and love to a reality beyond the world and of receiving good from it — constitutes a link which attaches every man without exception to that other reality.
    Whoever recognizes that reality recognizes also that link. Because of it, he holds every human being without any exception as something sacred to which he is bound to show respect.

    • Simone Weil, Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation (1943).
  • There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.
    • Woodrow Wilson, Des Moines Iowa speech (1 February 1916), on “The Westerm Preparedness Tour”.
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