Honor quotes

His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage.

- Fielding, Henry

One may survive distress, but not disgrace.

- Proverb, Scottish

The law often permits what honor prohibits.

- Saurin, Bernard Joseph

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

- Beecher, Henry Ward

A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.


Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

- Cicero, Marcus T.

Zeal for the public good is the characteristic of a man of honor and a gentleman, and must take the place of pleasures, profits and all other private gratification.

- Steele, Sir Richard

Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.

- Luther

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

- Socrates

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.

- Henry Clay

Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak.

- Fuller, Thomas

LEONINE, adj. Unlike a menagerie lion. Leonine verses are those in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end, as in this famous passage from Bella Peeler Silcox: The electric light invades the dunnest deep of Hades. Cries Pluto,'twixt his snores: "O tempora! O mores!" It should be explained that Mrs. Silcox does not undertake to teach pronunciation of the Greek and Latin tongues. Leonine verses are so called in honor of a poet named Leo, whom prosodists appear to find a pleasure in believing to have been the first to discover that a rhyming couplet could be run into a single line.

- Ambrose Bierce

The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.

- Gable, Clark

War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honor but an empty bubble.

- Dryden, John

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

- Juvenal

I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.

- Caesar, Julius

An honor is not diminished for being shared.

- Lois McMaster Bujold

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.

- Homer

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

- Shakespeare, William

All of Western tradition, from the late bloom of the British Empire right through the early doom of Vietnam, dictates that you do something spectacular and irreversible whenever you find yourself in or whenever you impose yourself upon a wholly unfamiliar situation belonging to somebody else. Frequently it's your soul or your honor or your manhood, or democracy itself, at stake.

- Jordan, June

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