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





Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


The post of honor is a private station.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


For one who has been honored, dishonor is worse than death.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


It was just him and me. He fought with honor. If it weren't for his honor, he and the others would have beaten me together. They might have killed me, then. His sense of honor saved my life. I didn't fight with honor... I fought to win.


Orson Scott Card (American author)


All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


A person dishonored is worst than dead.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


A person dishonored is worst than dead.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Honor is the reward of virtue.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Honor lies in honest toil.


Grover Cleveland (1837-1908, American President (22nd and 24th))


Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, forms our true honor.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


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


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


In a district of ten families, there must be someone as honorable and sincere as I, but none as fond of learning.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


I have deserved neither so much honor nor so much disgrace.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


In believing in others, we are believed. In supporting others, we gain followers, and in recognizing the value of others, we are honored.


Solon B. Cousins


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


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


A Code of Honor -- never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really attractive.


Bruce J Freidmen


To those whose God is honor; only disgrace is a sin.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


Envy honors the dead in order to insult the living.


Claude A. Helvetius (1715-1771, French philosopher)


Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


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


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


Once you pledge, don't hedge.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.


Midori Koto


Most men expose themselves in battle just enough to save their honor. Few are willing to do go any further than that to make sure that the purpose that they expose themselves for actually succeeds.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don't resent them, you are not fit to live.


Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)


Honor is simply the morality of superior men.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Honor is simply the morality of superior men.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


No man of honor ever quite lives up to his code, any more than a moral man manages to avoid sin.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Let my honor be without stain.




It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion -- these were the things that counted in a life. When you gave purely, the honor came in the giving, and that was honor enough.


Scott O'Grady


Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


Act well your part; there all honor lies.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


It is better to save your innocence at the cost of your honor, than to save your country at the cost of your life.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Honorable is the person who is aware of his power, yet refrains from inflicting bad things onto others.


Egyptian Proverb


If you don't honor your wife, you are dishonoring yourself.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


One may survive distress, but not disgrace.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Without money honor is merely a disease.


Jean Racine (1639-1699, French dramatist)


Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Why should honor outlive honestly?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Orthello


There are no perfectly honorable men; but every true man has one main point of honor and a few minor ones.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


No one ever lost his honor, except he who had it not.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Better not be at all than not be noble.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less, it grows feeble; and when they disappear, it will vanish too.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


A fisherman may measure his catch by the size, but when is a man big enough to keep it?


Author Unknown


A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.


Author Unknown


Ease and honor are seldom bedfellows.


Author Unknown


The higher the culture the more honorable the work.


Author Unknown


The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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