An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Dignity belongs to the conquered.


Kenneth Burke (1897-1995, American literary critic)


Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


The greatest reverses of fortune are the most easily borne from a sort of dignity belonging to them.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.


Ronald Knox (1888-1957, British scholar, priest)


True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.


Philip Massinger (1583-1640, British dramatist)


Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.


Robert Maynard


If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.


James A. Michener (1907-1997, American  writer)


Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936, Italian author, playwright)


Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


When boasting ends, there dignity begins.


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