See a gallery of 12 quotes on reverence.

  • The Jain religion in India teaches that because all life is essentially interrelated and interconnected, all living being should be considered sacred and be respected. This belief forms the basis of ahimsa, which has been translated into English variously as "reverence for life," "nonviolence" and "dynamic compassion."
    — Nathaniel Altman in Sacred Trees
  • Spiritual sensitivity heightens when we know how to see, touch, and taste the physical world with exquisite reverence and contemplative discipline.
    — Tessa Bielecki in Holy Daring
  • Nothing is insignificant, and everything worthy of respect and care. Nothing is second-class. What God has made is of value.
    — Paula D'Arcy in Gift of the Red Bird
  • There is only one valid way, thus, to partake of the universe — whether the partaking is of food and water, the love of another, or indeed, a pill. That way is characterized by reverence — a reverence born of a felt sense of participation in the universe, of a kinship with all others and with matter.
    — Larry Dossey quoted in Serving Fire by Anne Scott
  • The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
    — Edward Hays
  • Reverence is a specific attitude toward something that is precious and valuable, toward someone who is superior. It is a salute of the soul, an awareness of value without enjoyment of that value or seeking any personal advantage from it.
    — Abraham J. Heschel in Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity
  • Functionalism is lethal when it is not balanced by a sense of reverence. Without reverence, there is no sense of presence or wonder.
    — John O'Donohue in Eternal Echoes
  • I cannot but have reverence for all that is called life. I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of morality.
    — Albert Schweitzer quoted in Reverence for Life edited by Harold E. Robles
  • Reverential thinking — to recognize human life as an intrinsic value; to recognize love as an essential and indispensable modality; creative thinking, joy, brotherhood of all beings. Reverential thinking is not a luxury, but is a condition of our sanity and grace.
    — Henryk Skolimowski in The Participatory Mind
  • I cannot but have reverence for all that is called life. I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of morality.
    — Albert Schweitzer quoted in Reverence for Life edited by Harold E. Robles
  • Let everything you touch be treated as if it were as precious as the altar vessels. Whenever you handle any equipment or any person, be reverent. Be full of care with everything entrusted to you. Everything you touch or see, everyone for whom you have responsibility, is to be viewed as something cherished by God, and thus to be cherished by you.
    — Norvene Vest in Friend of the Soul
  • I welcome you all with all my heart, with great respect and with great love.
    — Baba Muktananda quoted in Kindle My Heartby Swami Chidvilasananda
  • When we experience ourselves as one small part of nature, we feel reverence. Zen teaches that we should feel reverence for all beings no matter how insignificant they might seem. From the enlightened vantage point, we should appreciate everything equally, from the most basic and small to the most complex and vast. Each has the whole reflected within. The tea ceremony represents this relationship. The tearoom, the utensils, the tea, and every action is treated with reverence for its being.
    — C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins in Simple Zen
  • I know to love is to respect.
    And reverence
    is the nature of my love.
    — Thich Nhat Hanh in Call Me by My True Names

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