When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
How pleasant it is to respect people! When I see books, I am not concerned with how the authors loved or played cards; I see only their marvelous works.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful – to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.
Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.
Peggy Noonan, today in the Wall Street Journal:
It was Ms. Ford’s story that was compelling, but in need of support or corroboration. It did not come.
It was a woman who redeemed the situation, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. In her remarks announcing her vote, she showed a wholly unusual respect for the American people, and for the Senate itself, by actually explaining her thinking. Under intense pressure, her remarks were not about her emotions.
One of the things that distinguishes human beings from beasts is respect.