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HONOR
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[ Also see Applause Ceremony Character Conscience Constancy Dignity Disgrace Distinction Esteem Fame Fidelity Glory Greatness Honesty Integrity Morality Names Principles Reputation Respect Responsibility Reverence Scandal Shame Truth ]

There is no praise in being upright, where no one can, or tries to corrupt you.
  [Lat., Nulla est laus ibi esse integrum, ubi nemo est, qui aut possit aut conetur rumpere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        In Verrem (II, 1, 16)

Do not consider what you may do, but what it will become you to have done, and let the sense of honor subdue your mind.
  [Lat., Nec tibi quid liceat, sed quid fecisse decebit
    Occurrat, mentemque domet respectus honesti.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augusti Panegyris
         (CCLXVII)

Honor lies in honest toil.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        in letter accepting presidential nomination, in Stoddard's "Life of Grover Cleveland"

Honour, thou blood-stained god! at whose red altar
  Sit war and homicide; oh, to what madness
    Will insult drive thy votaries.
      - George Coleman, the younger (2)

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What can be more honorable than to have courage enough to execute the commands of reason and conscience,--to maintain the dignity of our nature, and the station assigned us?
      - Jeremy Collier

Honor is the most capricious in her rewards. She feeds us with air, and often pulls down our house, to build our monument.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Honor is unstable, and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it.
  [Lat., Ici l'honneur m'oblige, et j'y veux satisfaire.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Polyeucte (IV, 3)

Honor is the moral conscience of the great.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
      - John Dryden

And all at Worcester but the honour lost.
      - John Dryden, Astraea Redux

Honor and fortune exist for him who always recognizes the neighborhood of the great, always feels himself in the presence of high causes.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Titles of honour add not to his worth,
  Who is himself an honour of his titles.
      - John Ford, The Lady's Trial
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 30)

All is lost save honor.
      - Francis I (Francois)

Madame, that you may know the state of the rest of my misfortune, there is nothing left to me but honor, and my life, which is saved.
  [Lat., Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se porte le reste de mon infortune, de toutes choses m'est demeure que l'honneur et la vie qui est sauve.]
      - Francis I (Francois),
        to his mother, written in letter given to Viceroy of Naples morning after Pavia

We would rather starve than sell our national honor.
      - Indira Gandhi

Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
  A mind serene for contemplation:
    Title and profit I resign;
      The post of honor shall be mine.
      - John Gay, Fables
         (pt. II, The Vulture, The Sparrow and other Birds)

A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

The noblest spur unto the sons of fame,
  Is thirst of honour.
      - John Hall

Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine, of honor.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

To those whose god is honor, disgrace alone is sin.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Your word is a s good as the Bank, Sir.
      - Thomas Holcroft, The Road to Ruin
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 235)

Posts of honor are evermore posts of danger and of care.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)


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