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If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
Louis D. Brandeis
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
John Kenneth Galbraith
I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy.
Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that's why our sport is so in the air now because we don't have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world.
Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery - courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things.
James Harvey Robinson
The whole force of the respectable circles to which I belonged, that respectable circle which knew as I did not the value of security won, the slender chance of replacing it if lost or abandoned, was against me.
All Asian parents are into your children having a respectable, decent stable job. Acting was unimaginable to my parents.
Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable - even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government.
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
Frederick the Great
Playing the good guy is tough because you know as well as I do, in real life, you have to watch your P's and Q's and conduct yourself in a respectable manner if you expect to have friends.
R. Lee Ermey
The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable.
I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday.
Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.
In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable.
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
Being a gossip reporter just isn't a respectable job. It'll chew you up and spit you out.
The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable - but I think that can also add to the glory of it.
Why couldn't Obama have picked somebody respectable as his running mate, you know, like John Kerry did?
These days, there are many people around the world who listen to the songs that made me infamous and read the books that made me respectable.
During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
I started out as an opportunistic renegade. By now, I've lasted long enough to become sort of an American Original Respectable Renegade.
In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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