quotations about merit
We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, speech in Dallas, Texas, A Square Deal, April 5, 1905
Merit rarely goes unrewarded.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Bushrod Washington, January 15, 1783
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.
THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe
The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, Les Caractères
The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.
ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Three Musketeers
We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
GEORGE SAVILE, Miscellanies
Merit has rarely risen of itself, but a pebble or a twig is often quite sufficient for it to spring to the highest ascent.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Aphorisms
It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Faust
Whoever gains the palm by merit, let him hold it.
LORD NELSON, attributed, Day's Collacon
The force of his own merit makes his way.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VIII
Yet what great merit is to be found in these pillagers, plunderers, and cut-throat conquerors? unless indeed it consist of their temerity, cruelty, avarice, and ambition?
PAUL BROWN, The Radical
The only merit is wisdom and wisdom does not come in heaps.
ALFRED SCHMIELEWSKI, The Forbidden Prophecy
He who thinks to be justified by any strength or merit of his own, and not by faith, puts himself in the place of God.
WILLIAM FAREL, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. If you reject it you are unhappy, if you accept it you are undone.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
ST. AUGUSTINE, attributed, Day's Collacon
If it isn't life's business to reward merit, why should it be life's business to give us warm, comfortable feelings towards its end? What possible evolutionary purpose could nostalgia serve?
JULIAN BARNES, The Sense of an Ending
Merit is often an obstacle to fortune, because it is always productive of two bad effects, envy and fear; envy in those who cannot rise to the same degree of perfection, and fear in those who are established, and who dread that by advancing a man of more merit than themselves, they may be supplanted.
PHILIP QUARLL, attributed, Day's Collacon
The man of merit hath too often to bend his back before men of vulgar souls.
BERACHJAHA-NAKDAN, attributed, Day's Collacon