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Quotations: Honor

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
Joseph Addison

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
Joseph Addison

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
Aristotle

I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.
Ludwig van Beethoven

'Tis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than it is to gain honor by taking them.
David Borenstein

An honor is not diminished for being shared.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
Lois McMaster Bujold

We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.
Jimmy Carter

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Sir Winston Churchill

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.
Jean Cocteau

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge

I have always recognized that the object of business is to make money in an honorable manner. I have endeavored to remember that the object of life is to do good.
Peter Cooper

There are no perfectly honorable men; but every true man has one main point of honor and a few minor ones.
George Bernard Einstein

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.
Martha Graham

Any necessary work that pays an honest wage carries its own honor and dignity.
W. Kelly Griffith

Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
Ben Jonson

Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for the sake of living to lose what makes life worth having.
Juvenal

Let us forever forget that every station in life is necessarily that each deserves our respect; that not the station itself; but the worthy fulfillment of its duties does honor the man.
Mary Lyon

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.
Niccolo Machiavelli

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
Philip Massinger

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
H. L. Mencken

Honorable retreats are no ways inferior to brave charges, as having less fortune, more of discipline, and as much valor.
Major General William Napier

A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.
Pindar

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.
Welsh Proverb

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
Theodore Roosevelt

Honor does not have to be defended.
Robert J. Sawyer

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad.
Arthur Schopenhauer

If people insist that honor is dearer than life itself, what they really mean is that existence and well-being are as nothing compared with other people's opinions. Of course, this may be only an exaggerated way of stating the prosaic truth that reputation, that is, the opinion others have of us, is indispensable if we are to make any progress in the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.
Joseph Sobran

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
Sophocles

A favor well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it.
Sir Richard Steele

What is left when honor is lost?
Publilius Syrus

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
Mark Twain

I am eternally grateful.. for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.
Kurt Vonnegut

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
Alice Walker

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