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GLORY
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As to be perfectly just is an attribute of the Divine nature, to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of man.
      - Joseph Addison

Glory and fame mean twelve thousand francs' worth of paid articles in the newspapers and five thousand crowns' worth of dinners.
      - Honore de Balzac

Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses.
      - Honore de Balzac

Glory is a shroud that posterity often tears from the shoulders of those who wore it when living.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger

The pure soul shall mount on native wings, . . . and cut a path into the heaven of glory.
      - William Blake

Glory is safe when it is deserved; it is not so with popularity; one lasts like a mosaic, the other is effaced like a crayon drawing.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

So may a glory from defect arise.
      - Robert Browning

So may glory from defect arise.
      - Robert Browning, Deaf and Dumb

The glory dies not, and the grief is past.
      - Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges,
        On the Death of Sir Walter Scott

Our glories float between the earth and heaven
  Like clouds which seem pavilions of the sun,
    And are the playthings of the casual wind.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Glory long has made the sages smile; 'tis something, nothing, words, illusion, wind.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Who track the steps of Glory to the grave.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan

Let us not disdain glory too much--nothing is finer except virtue. The height of happiness would be to unite both in this life.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Is death more cruel from a private dagger than in the field from murdering swords of thousands? Or does the number slain make slaughter glorious?
      - Colley Cibber

True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretenses, like flowers, fall to the ground: nor can any counterfeit last long.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
  [Lat., Gloria virtutem tanquam umbra sequitur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 45)

The road to glory would cease to be arduous if it were trite and trodden; and great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities but to make them.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are two things which ought to teach us to think but meanly of human glory; the very best have had their calumniators, the very worst their panegyrists.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Those who start for human glory, like the mettled hounds of Actaeon, must pursue the game not only where there is a path, but where there is none. They must be able to simulate and dissimulate; to leap and to creep; to conquer the earth like Caesar, or to fall down and kiss it like Brutus; to throw their sword like Brennus into the trembling scale, or, like Nelson, to snatch the laurels from the doubtful hand of Victory, while she is hesitating where to bestow them.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

. . . glory built
  On selfish principles is shame and guilt.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 1)

Glory is never where virtue is not.
  [Fr., La gloire n'est jamais ou la vertu n'est pas.]
      - Martin le Franc, Didon

Individuals may wear for a time the glory of our institutions, but they carry it not to the grave with them. Like raindrops from heaven, they may pass through the circle of the shining bow and add to its luster; but when they have sunk in the earth again, the proud arch still spans the sky and shines gloriously on.
      - James Abram Garfield

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff for that purpose in it; and a man becomes renowned because he has the necessary stuff in him. Renown is not to be sought, and all pursuit of it is vain. A person may, indeed, by skillful conduct and various artificial means, make a sort of name for himself; but if the inner jewel is wanting, all is vanity, and will not last a day.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 9)

The glory of a people and of an age is always the work of a small number of great men, and disappears with them.
      - Baron Friedrich von Grimm, Friedrich Melchior


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