attitude of deep respect tinged with awe

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.

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John Quincy Adams:...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.


Giordano Bruno:...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.
  • REVERENCE, n. The spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.


G. K. Chesterton: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.



Deus Ex:C Denton: Electronic surveillance hardly inspires reverence. Perhaps fear and obedience, but not reverence. Morpheus: God and the gods were apparitions of observation, judgment, and punishment.




Abraham Joshua Heschel:A return to reverence is the first prerequisite for a revival of wisdom, for the discovery of the world as an allusion to God.



Julian (emperor):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.


Helen Keller: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.



Herman Melville:Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity — reverence.These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob ’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the Angel -Art ...




Edgar Allan Poe: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.
  • Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.



François Rabelais: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.


Socrates: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.
  • 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.




Leonardo da Vinci: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;






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