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DIGNITY
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[ Also see Appearance Character Glory Gravity Greatness Honor Humility Nobility Pride Reserve Self-respect ]

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.
      - Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
      - Aristotle

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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