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A pilot's part in calms cannot be spy'd,
In dangerous times true worth is only tri'd.
- William Alexander, Earl of Stirling,
Doomes-day--The Fifth Houre
Nothing that costs only a dollar is not worth having.
- Elizabeth Arden
To say to a rich man: You are poor! is to tell the Archbishop of Granada that his sermons are worthless.
- Honore de Balzac
I care not twopence.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
Coxcomb (act V, sc. I)
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, and tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
- Bible, Hebrews (ch. XI, v. 37-38)
For what is worth in anything,
But so much money as 'twill bring?
- Samuel Butler (1)
'Tis virtue, wit, and worth, and all
That men divine and sacred call;
For what is worth, in anything,
But so much money as 't will bring?
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. II, canto I, l. 463)
This was the penn'worth of his thought.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. II, canto III)
Nothing common can seem worthy of you.
[Lat., Nihil vulgare te dignum videri potest.]
- Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus),
Real worth requires no interpreter; its everyday deeds form its blazonry.
- Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort
Give me but these,--a spirit tempest-tried, a brow unshrinking, and a soul of flame; the joy of conscious worth, its courage and its pride.
- Robert T. Conrad
We see, though ordered for the best, permitted laurels grace the lawless brow, the unworthy raised, the worthy cast below.
- John Dryden
We are valued wither too highly or not high enough; we are never taken at our real worth.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
- Henry Fielding
You will always be fools! We shall never be gentlemen.
- Lord John Arbutnoth Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone,
in the London "Times"
Not worth twopence, (or I don't care twopence).
- General Ferdinand Foch,
his favorite expression, hence his nickname "General Deux Sous"
He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.
- Benjamin Franklin, The Whistle
Too good for great things and too great for good.
- Thomas Fuller (1), Worthies
I paid too much for it, but its worth it.
- Samuel Goldwyn
In native worth and honour clad.
- Franz Joseph Haydn, Libretto of Creation
It is a poor sport that is not worth the candle.
- George Herbert
'Tis fortune gives us birth,
But Jove alone endues the soul with worth.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
(bk. XX, l. 290), (Pope's translation)
This mournful truth is everywhere confess'd,
Slow rises worth by poverty depress'd.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
London (l. 175)
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
[Fr., Il est plus facile de paraitre digne des emplois qu'on n'a pas que de ceux que l'on exerce.]
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
True worth is as inevitably discovered by the facial expression, as its opposite is sure to be clearly represented there. The human face is nature's tablet, the truth is certainly written thereon.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)
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