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

Why, being dead, do you rely on yourself? You were able to die of your own accord; you cannot come back to life of your own accord. We were able to sin by ourselves, and we are still able to, nor shall we ever not be able to. Let our hope be in nothing but in God. Let us send up our sighs to him; as for ourselves, let us strive with our wills to earn merit by our prayers.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

William Shakespeare

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right.

G. K. Chesterton

Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.

Samuel Johnson

Modesty is to merit, as shades to figures in a picture, giving it strength and beauty

Jean de la Bruyere

Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

Igor Stravinsky

Reputation is in itself only a farthing-candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

James Russell Lowell

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