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HONOR
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True, conscious honor, is to feel no sin;
  He's arm'd without that's innocent within.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Honor is but an itch in youthful blood of doing acts extravagantly good.
      - Samuel Howard

Honour is but an itch in youthful blood
  Of doing acts extravagantly good.
      - Samuel Howard, Indian Queen

Hope is a delusion; no hand can grasp a wave or a shadow.
      - Victor Hugo

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
      - Ben Jonson

I do honor the very flea of his dog.
      - Ben Jonson

When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.
      - Ben Jonson

Great honours are great burdens, but on whom
  They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.
    His cares must still be double to his joys,
      In any dignity.
      - Ben Jonson, Catiline--His Conspiracy
         (act III, sc. 1, l. 1)

Believe it to be the greatest of all infamies, to prefer your existence to your honor, and for the sake of life to lose every inducement to live.
  [Lat., Summum crede nefas, animum praeferre pudori,
    Et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 83)

One honor won is a surety for more.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

One has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
      - Walter Lippmann

What is honorable is also safest.
  [Lat., Quod pulcherrimum idem tutissimum est.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXIV, 14)

A life of honor and of worth
  Has no eternity on earth,--
    'Tis but a name--
      And yet its glory far exceeds
        That base and sensual life which leads
          To want and shame.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I would not love thee, dear, so much,
  Loved I not honour more.
      - Richard Lovelace

For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles.
  [It., Perche non i titoli illustrano gli uomini, ma gli uomini i titoli.]
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli),
        Dei Discorsi (III, 38)

Honour is purchas'd by the deeds we do;
  . . . honour is not won,
    Until some honourable deed be done.
      - Christopher Marlowe,
        Hero and Leander--First Sistiad (l. 276)

Honour is
  Virtue's allowed ascent: honour that clasps
    All perfect justice in her arms; that craves
      No more respect than that she gives; that does
        Nothing but what she'll suffer.
      - Philip Massinger

National honor is the national property of the highest value.
      - James Monroe

May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country and for the benefit of Europe in general a great and glorious victory; and may no misconduct in anyone tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature of the British fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Dispatches and Letters of Horatio Nelson,
        a diary entry on the eve of the battle of Trafalgar

In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson (ch. 9),
        when astked to cover the stars on his uniform

To set the cause above renown,
  To love the game beyond the prize,
    To honor while you strike him down,
      The foe that comes with fearless eyes;
        To count the life of battle good
          And dear the land that gave you birth,
            And dearer yet the brotherhood
              That binds the brave of all the earth.
      - Henry John Newboldt, Clifton Chapel

Probity is true honor.
      - Old Latin Saying

When honor comes to you be ready to take it;
  But reach not to seize it before it is near.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Rules of the Road

Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)


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