Reverence (/ˈrɛvərəns/) is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. The word "reverence" in the modern day is often used in relationship with religion. This is because religion often stimulates the emotion through recognition of God, the supernatural, and the ineffable. Reverence involves a humbling of the self in respectful recognition of something perceived to be greater than the self. Thus religion is commonly a place where reverence is felt.
- ...the happiness of the individual is interwoven with that of his contemporaries: by the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual love, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.
- They have a traditionary reverence for the name of their countrymen Ovid, but, like the poor Neapolitans who believe that Virgil was a great magician...
- I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
- How can I, when the battle rages, send an arrow through Bheeshma and Drona, who should receive my reverence?
- In general, people are more easily swayed by fear than inspired by reverence.
- The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
- It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knew how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme.
- The reverence and obedience due to the Reformed Church here, and to the bishops and pastors therein, was cast off, and every Man became a Judge of Religion, and interpretor of Scriptures for himself.
- REVERENCE, n. The spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
- ...that all motives of hope and fear from invisible powers, which are not immediately derived from, and absolutely coincident with, the reverence due to the supreme reason of the universe, are all alike dangerous superstitions.
- When we reverence anything in the mature, it is their virtues or their wisdom, and this is an easy matter. But we reverence the faults and follies of children.
- When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Instinct and study; love and hate; Audacity — reverence. These must mate, And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart, To wrestle with the angel —
- Gail Coffler, in New Essays on Billy Budd, p. 62
- I appeal to Amherst men to reiterate the Amherst doctrine that the man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due not scorn and blame but reverence and praise.
- Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
- It is an irony of fate that myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault or merit of my own.
- The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression when the mind is open to their influence.
- It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
- An Acquisitive Society reverences the possession of wealth, as a Functional Society would honour, even in the person of the humblest and most laborious craftsman, the arts of creation.
- We think of beauty as being most worthy of reverence. But what is most worthy of reverence lights up only where the magnificent strength...
- A return to reverence is the first prerequisite for a revival of wisdom, for the discovery of the world as an allusion] to God.
- We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
- Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord and in this way to save his soul. The other things on Earth were created for man's use, to help him reach the end for which he was created.
- The eyes of a poet discover in each person a unique and irreplaceable humanity. While arrogant intellect seeks to control and manipulate the world, the poetic spirit bows with reverence before its mysteries.
- ...the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their w:Legislaturelegislature would “make no law respecting an establishment;
- Set a strong watch upon yourself: reverence us and us alone, and of men him that is like us and none other. You see what tricks self-consciousness and dumb foundering, faint-heartedness have played with yonder idiot.
- The retaining hand of tolerance is laid upon the inquisitor and the humanist utters a message of peace to the persecuted. Instead of the cry “Burn the heretic!” men study the human soul with sympathy, and there enters into their hearts a new reverence for that which is unseen.
- His reverence will assert that there is too much philosophy in the book; His Right Reverence’s mental eye will seek in vain for what the congregation, especially in our day, needs so very much, the genuinely speculative.
- I demand for the unmarried mother, as a sacred channel of life, the same reverence and respect as for the married mother; for Maternity is a cosmic thing and once it has come to pass, our conversation must not be permitted to blaspheme it.
- Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity — reverence.These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob ’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the Angel -Art …
- Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.
- Bending before men is a reverence done to this Revelation in the Flesh. We touch Heaven, when we lay our hand on a human body....
- With reverence be it spoken... The only thing bad is their excuse…
- Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.
- With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence: they must not — they cannot at will be excited with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind.
- Reverence thy preceptors: shun the conversation of those whom thou desirest not to resemble, and receive not in vain the graces which God has bestowed upon thee.
- By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.
- Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
- Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
- Many will think they may reasonably blame me by alleging that my proofs are opposed to the authority of certain men held in the highest reverence by their inexperienced judgments; not considering that my works are the issue of pure and simple experience, who is the one true mistress.
- The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him, that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
- Reverence is an emotion that we can nurture in our very young children, respect is an attitude that we instill in our children as they become school-agers, and responsibility is an act that we inspire in our children as they grow through the middle years and become adolescents.
- Zoe Weil, in Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times, p. 41
- It is incumbent upon us to leave no stone unturned in order to promote loyalty and bravery on the home front as well, and to replenish and demonstrate our nation's powers, for which are required the inculcation of the spirit of reverence for deities and respect for ancestors, the renovation of national education and the improvement of the people's physical strength.