Merit Quotes

Success, which is not always a proof of merit, depends more often on the choice of a subject than on its execution.

Pierre Ambroise Franois Choderlos de Laclos

It is not a merit to tolerate, but rather a crime to be intolerant.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

...Fatherland without freedom and merit is a large word with little meaning.

Anders Chydenius

Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.

Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.

Madame de Girardin

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.

Christian Nestell Bovee

There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.

François de la Rochefoucauld

“The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.

Pietro Aretino

Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.

George Eliot

The idea of a rational bureaucracy, of skill, merit, and consistency, is essential to all modern states.

Sir Bernard Rowland Crick

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.

Jonathan Swift

Even if a person excels in Torah and good deeds more than all his contemporaries, if he has not learned the secrets of Torah and the wisdom of truth, he must reincarnate in the world (...) Now the matter is clarifiedthe whole part of the revealed Torah is but a preparation to become worthy and merit attaining the concealed part. It is the concealed part that is very wholeness and the purpose for which man is created.

Yehuda Ashlag

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not consider glory and fame to be of great account unless they are achieved through having my subjects respect Dhamma and practice Dhamma, both now and in the future. For this alone does Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desire glory and fame. And whatever efforts Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, is making, all of that is only for the welfare of the people in the next world, and that they will have little evil. And being without merit is evil. This is difficult for either a humble person or a great person to do except with great effort, and by giving up other interests. In fact, it may be even more difficult for a great person to do.

Ashoka the Great

It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.

Petrarch

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