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Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.

CHARLES DICKENS, Oliver Twist

I think the tragic feeling is invoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing -- his sense of personal dignity.

ARTHUR MILLER, "Tragedy and the Common Man"

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

ARISTOTLE

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.

WASHINGTON IRVING

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.

GEORGE SANTAYANA

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.

GEORGE SANTAYANA, introduction, The Ethics of Spinoza

All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

The dignity of man was everywhere tissue-paper thin.

DICK FRANCIS, Banker

A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity.

CONFUCIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

Dignity increases more easily than it begins.

SENECA, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.

LAURA HILLENBRAND, Unbroken

There is nothing more dignified than a corpse.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

True dignity abides with him alone
Who, in the silent hour of inward thought,
Can still suspect, and still revere himself,
In lowliness of heart.

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, lines left upon a seat in a Yew Tree

Remember this, — that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.

EDWIN PERCY WHIPPLE, Literature and Life

He who hurries cannot walk with dignity.

CHINESE PROVERB

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Up From Slavery

Dignity is an affectation, cute but eccentric, like learning French or collecting scarves.

DAVE EGGERS, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dignity is like air. When you breathe easily, you don't think about it. But, when you don't have enough of it, all you can think about is air, air, more air!

AIGUL AUBANOVA, Dignity: What's That, Sam?

Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.

RICK BRAGG, All Over But the Shoutin'

But clay and clay differs in dignity,
Whose dust is both alike.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Cymbeline

Natural dignity of mind or manners can never be concealed; it ever commands our respect: assumed dignity, or importance, excites our ridicule and contempt.

JOSEPH BARTLETT, Aphorisms on Men, Manners, Principles and Things

Dignity is appreciated by dignity, the pot of dried fish is known to the dog.

TAMIL PROVERB

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

If you want to know how little your dignity is worth, take it to the pawnbroker.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Place confers no dignity upon some men; like a balloon, the higher they rise the smaller they look.

G. D. PRENTICE, attributed, Day's Collacon

Dignity has no price ... when someone starts making small concessions, in the end life loses all meaning.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Blindness

What people regard as vanity—leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one's name from being forgotten—I regard as the highest expression of human dignity.

PAULO COELHO, The Pilgrimage

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.

ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL, attributed, The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time

Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.

LAURA HILLENBRAND, Unbroken

If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.

WILLIAM SHATNER, attributed, He's Just Not in the Stars

The generous mind adds dignity to every act, and nothing misbecomes it.

PLUTARCH, attributed, Day's Collacon

By indignities men come to dignities.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Great Place"

Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

I was like you once, long time ago. I believed in the dignity of man. Decency. Humanity. But I was lucky. I found out the truth early, boy.... There's no such thing as the dignity of man. Man is a base, pathetic and vulgar animal.

CHARLES GRANDISON FINNEY, The Circus of Dr. Lao

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.

LUIGI PIRANDELLO, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Other Plays


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