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Honour is purchas'd by the deeds we do.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Hero and Leander

Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.

AYN RAND, The Ayn Rand Letter, Jan. 14, 1974

Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Tamburlaine the Great

Honor and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honor lies.

ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Man

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Benedict Arnold, Sep. 14, 1775

All men of honor are alone.

F. PAUL WILSON, The Tomb

When honor comes to you, be ready to take it;
But reach not to seize it before it is near.

JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY, "Rules of the Road"

Honor is the only really good disguise for an occasional act of dishonor.

TAD WILLIAMS, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow

The nearest way to Honour is for a man so to live that he may be found to be that in truth he would be thought to be.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Virtue is in our power, though praise be not: we may deserve honour, though we cannot command it.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Dishonor is like a gash on a tree trunk -- instead of disappearing with age, it enlarges.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

Honour is a luxury for aristocrats, but it is a necessity for hall-porters.

G. K. CHESTERTON, Heretics

Honor -- it was transitory and subjective, and often directly opposed to practicality.

AMANDA DOWNUM, The Bone Palace

The grand principles of virtue and honor, however they may be distorted by arbitrary codes, are the same all the world over: and where these principles are concerned, the right or wrong of any action appears the same to the uncultivated as to the enlightened mind.

HERMAN MELVILLE, Typee

Next to living with honor is to die with honor.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

In whom the love of honor and praise is innate, are those who are elevated most above the brutes, and who are justly named men, and not merely human beings.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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

JOSEPH ADDISON, Cato

Men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour. Those same men, when by base subjection and constraint they are brought under and kept down, turn aside from that noble disposition, by which they formerly were inclined to virtue, to shake off and break that bond of servitude, wherein they are so tyrannously enslaved; for it is agreeable with the nature of man to long after things forbidden, and to desire what is denied us.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

Better to die ten thousand deaths, than wound my honour.

JOSEPH ADDISON, Cato

Honour is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

The more honor, the more danger.

AESOP, "The Mice and the Weasels", Aesop's Fables

Honor appears to me to be an object of great importance, since men submit to every kind of labor, and undergo every sort of danger, with the desire of attaining it.

XENOPHON, Hiero

Honor is infinitely more valuable than positions of honor.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Golden Notebook", The Waste Books

Men honor men who honor their fellow men.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

One cannot seek to uphold honor in a being that has none.

CHARLES DE LINT, Moonheart

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

JOSEPH ADDISON, Cato


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