In a great passage, one of the noblest in English prose and one of the most inspiring for young men, John Milton said that he was kept back from the vices and immoralities which stained the lives of his fellow students at Christ College, Cambridge, because he had "a just and pious reverence for his own person." In another passage he gives two reasons why a man ought not to sin against God and against himself. The first is the dignity of God's image upon him by creation, and the second the price of his redemption. "He thinks himself both a fit person to do the noblest and goodliest deeds, and much better worth than to defile with such a debasement and pollution as sin is, himself, so highly ransomed and ennobled to a new friendship and filial relation with God."
In reverence and in godly fear
Man finds the gate to wisdom's ways;
The wise His Holy Name revere;
Through endless ages sound His praise.—Selected
Reverence is one of the signs of strength; irreverence one of the surest indications of weakness. No man will rise high who jeers at sacred things. The fine loyalties of life must be reverenced or they will be foresworn in the day of trial.—Selected