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 is the only really good disguise for an occasional act of dishonor.
TAD WILLIAMS, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow
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
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
See that you come
Not to woo honour, but to wed it.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well
How loosely do honors sit upon men when every disease shakes them off and lays them in the dust.
H. KING, attributed, Day's Collacon
Honor prudently declined, often comes back with increased lustre.
LIVY, attributed, Day's Collacon
You wear your honor like a suit of armor ... You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move.
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, A Game of Thrones
Honor is a fool's prize. Glory is of no use to the dead.
DREW KARPYSHYN, Path of Destruction
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"
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