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Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work About Respect

Use These Quotes in Your Workplace Communication


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Respect is a workplace value. Are you looking for an inspirational quote or a business quotation for your newsletter, business presentation, bulletin board or inspirational posters? These quotes about respect highlight important characteristices of what it means to respect your coworkers - and be respected in return. Respect is essential in your workplace. Use these quotes to reinforce mutual respect.

Quotations About Respect

“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.” --Bill Bradley

”Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.” --Mark A. Clement

”I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.” --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

”Respect yourself and others will respect you.” --Confucius

”To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one's self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--that is to have succeeded.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

”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

”When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” --Blaine Lee

”Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.” --U. Thant

”Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

”. . . what women want is what men want. They want respect.” --Marilyn vos Savant

”It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don't worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers.” --David Joseph Schwartz

”Because men really respect only that which was founded of old and has developed slowly, he who wants to live on after his death must take care not only of his posterity but even more of his past.” --Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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