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HONOR
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Dead on the field of honour.
      - Unattributed Author

Honour's a sacred tie, the law of kings,
  The noble mind's distinguishing perfection
    That aids and strengthens virtue where it meets her
      And imitates her actions where she is not:
        It is not to be sported with.
      - Joseph Addison

The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Guardian", no. 161

Better to die ten thousand deaths,
  Than wound my honour.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 4)

Content thyself to be obscurely good.
  When vice prevails and impious men bear away,
    The post of honor is a private station.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
  [Lat., Turpe quid ausurus, te sine teste time.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius,
        Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (III, 7)

The strongest passion which I have is honor.
      - Philip James Bailey

Your honors here may serve you for a time, as it were for an hour, but they will be of no use to you beyond this world. Nobody will have heard a word of your honors in the other life. Your glory, your shame, your ambitions, and all the treasures for which you push hard and sacrifice much will be like wreaths of smoke. For these things, which you mostly seek, and for which you spend your life only tarry with you while you are on this side of the flood.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The best memorial for a mighty man is to gain honor ere death.
      - Beowulf VII

These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of the times.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XLIV, v. 7)

Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
  [Fr., L'honneur est comme une ile escarpee et sans bords;
    On n'y peut plus rentrer des qu'on en est dehors.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Satires
         (X, 167)

Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least injury without damage; it is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by the least flaw.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past.
      - Tom Brokaw

Keep unscathed the good name; keep out of peril the honor without which even your battered old soldier who is hobbling into his grave on half-pay and a wooden leg would not change with Achilles.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Honor's a lease for life to come.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Honour is like that glassy bubble,
  That finds philosophers such trouble,
    Whose least part crack'd, the whole does fly
      And wits are crack'd to find out why.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

If he that in the field is slain
  Be in the bed of honour lain,
    He that is beaten may be said
      To lie in Honour's truckle-bed.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 1,047)

Now, while the honour thou hast got
  Is spick and span new.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 397)

Honor is like a widow, won
  With brisk attempt and putting on.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I)

As quick as lightning, in the breach
  Just in the place where honour's lodged,
    As wise philosophers have judged,
      Because a kick in that place more
        Hurts honour than deep wounds before.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 1,066)

Honor is not a virtue in itself, it is the mail behind which the virtues fight more securely. A man without honor is as maimed in his equipment as an accoutred knight without helmet. Honor is not simply truthfulness; it is truthfulness sparkling with the fire of a suspective personality. It is something more than an ornament even to the loftiest.
      - George Henry Calvert

All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
      - Andrew Carnegie

If honor calls, where'er she points the way
  The sons of honor follow, and obey.
      - Charles Churchill

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.
  [Lat., Semper in fide quid senseris, non quid dixeris, cogitandum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 13)


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