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As vivacity is the gift of woman, gravity is that of man.
- Joseph Addison
Dignity of manner always conveys a sense of reserved force.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible enjoy generally a greater share of dignity than of happiness.
- Francis Bacon
True dignity is his whose tranquil mind
Virtue has raised above the things below;
Who, every hope and fear to heaven resign'd
Shrinks not, though fortune aims her deadliest blow.
- James Beattie
Dignity of position adds to dignity of character, as well as to dignity of carriage. Give us a proud position, and we are impelled to act up to it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
It is of very little use in trying to be dignified, if dignity is no part of your character.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
Ease with dignity.
[Lat., Otium cum dignitate.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
Oratio Pro Publio Sextio (XLV)
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.
- Calvin Coolidge
She is calm because she is the mistress of her subject;--the secret of self-possession.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
Dignity and love were never yet boon companions.
- Henry Fielding
In order that she may be able to give her hand with dignity, she must be able to stand alone.
- Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)
A fit of anger is as fatal to dignity as a dose of arsenic is to life.
- Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.
- Washington Irving
The dignity of truth is lost
With much protesting.
- Ben Jonson, Catiline (act III, sc. 2)
The nearer we approach great men, the clearer we see that they are men.
- Jean de la Bruyere
She hath a natural, wise sincerity, a simple truthfulness; and these have lent her a dignity as moveless as the centre.
- James Russell Lowell
Remember this,--that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
- Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus),
Meditations (IV, 32)
True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
- Philip Massinger
. . . With grave
Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd
A pillar of state; deep on his front engraven
Deliberation sat, and public care;
And princely counsel in his face yet shone
Majestic, though in ruin; sage he stood,
With Atlantean shoulders, fit to bear
The weight of mightiest monarchies; his look
Drew audience and attention still as night
Or summer's noontide air.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. II, l. 300)
All celebrated people lose on a close view.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)
Dignity and love do not blend.
- Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker
Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together.
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
We have exchanged the Washington dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jeffersonian vulgarity.
- Bishop Henry Codman Potter,
in an address at the Washington Centennial Service in New York
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