A passage about respect comes from Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who,” “A person’s a person, no matter how small." In the story, a giant elephant reminds all the creatures around him that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of size or ability.
Another statement about respect comes from Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Men are respectable only as they respect.” Mr. Emerson explains that respect happens both ways; if a person wants respect, he should be respectful to others.
Sports legend Jackie Robinson provided another view on respect when he said, “I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Breaking the racial barrier in professional sports, Robinson explains that individuals simply want to be treated like everyone else. Whether or not a person likes someone else is not important; instead treat people right, regardless of who they are, what they say, or how they act.
Finally, Albert Einstein stated, “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” He states that he treats everyone with dignity, without exception. Nobody is greater than anyone, regardless of whether or not society views the person as being smarter or better than others.