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