"If guys don't respect themselves, they don't respect other people. That's times and personalities. And all of them are not that way. But it don't take but one or two to screw up the whole crowd."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Richard Petty on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Richard Petty on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Richard Petty on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Richard Petty on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Richard Petty on Abraham Lincoln
"Cotton Owens was leading and daddy was second. They came up on me and I moved over to let them pass. Cotton went on, but daddy bumped me in the rear and my car went right into the wall."