|Better to die ten thousand deaths,|
Than wound my honour.
AddisonCato. Act I. Sc. 4.
|Content thyself to be obscurely good.|
When vice prevails and impious men bear sway,
The post of honor is a private station.
AddisonCato. Act IV. Sc. 4.
| The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.|
AddisonThe Guardian. No. 161.
|Turpe quid ausurus, te sine teste time.|
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
AnsoniusSeptem Sapientum Sententiæ Septenis Veribus Explicatæ. III. 7.
| The best memorial for a mighty man is to gain honor ere death.|
|Lhonneur est comme une île escarpée et sans bords;|
On ny peut plus rentrer dès quon en est dehors.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
BoileauSatires. X. 167.
|Honour is like a widow, won|
With brisk attempt and putting on.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto I.
|Now, while the honour thou hast got|
Is spick and span new.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 397.
|If he that in the field is slain|
Be in the bed of honour lain,
He that is beaten may be said
To lie in Honours truckle-bed.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 1,047.
|As quick as lightning, in the breach|
Just in the place where honours lodged,
As wise philosophers have judged,
Because a kick in that place more
Hurts Honour than deep wounds before.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. 1,066.
| Semper in fide quid senseris, non quid dixeris, cogitandum.|
In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.
CiceroDe Officiis. I. 13.
| Nulla est laus ibi esse integrum, ubi nemo est, qui aut possit aut conetur rumpere.|
There is no praise in being upright, where no one can, or tries to corrupt you.
CiceroIn Verrem. II. 1. 16.
|Nec tibi quid liceat, sed quid fecisse decebit|
Occurrat, mentemque domet respectus honesti.
Do not consider what you may do, but what it will become you to have done, and let the sense of honor subdue your mind.
ClaudianusDe Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augusti Panegyris. CCLXVII.
|Honor lies in honest toil.|
Glover ClevelandLetter Accepting Nomination for President. Aug. 18, 1884. Wm. Q. Stoddard. Life of Grover Cleveland. Ch. XV.
|Ici lhonneur moblige, et jy veux satisfaire.|
Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it.
CorneillePolyeucte. IV. 3.
|And all at Worcester but the honour lost.|
| These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of the times.|
Ecclesiasticus. XLIV. 7.
|Titles of honour add not to his worth,|
Who is himself an honour to his titles.
John FordThe Ladys Trial. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 30.
| Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se porte le resté de mon infortune, de toutes choses mest demeuré que lhonneur et la vie qui est sauvé.|
Madame, that you may know the state of the rest of my misfortune, there is nothing left to me but honor, and my life, which is saved.
Francis Ito his mother. Written in the Letter of safe conduct given to the Viceroy of Naples for the Commander Penalosa the morning after Pavia. See Aimé ChampollionCaptivité de François I. Figeac. P. 129 (Ed. 1847). In MartinHistoire de France. Vol. VIII. Sismondi. Vol. XVI. P. 241.
|Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,|
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign:
The post of honor shall be mine.
GayFables. Pt. II. The Vulture, the Sparrow and other Birds.
|Your word is as good as the Bank, sir.|
HolcroftThe Road to Ruin. Act I. Sc. 3.
|Honour is but an itch in youthful blood|
Of doing acts extravagantly good.
|Great honours are great burdens, but on whom|
They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.
His cares must still be double to his joys,
In any dignity.
Ben JonsonCatiline. His Conspiracy. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 1.
|Summum crede nefas, animum præferre pudori,|
Et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas.
Believe it to be the greatest of all infamies, to prefer your existence to your honor, and for the sake of life to lose every inducement to live.
JuvenalSatires. VIII. 83.
|Dead on the field of honour.|
Answer given in the roll-call of La Tour d Auvergnes regiment after his death.
|Quod pulcherrimum idem tutissimum est.|
What is honorable is also safest.
LivyAnnales. XXXIV. 14.
| Perchè non i titoli illustrano gli uomini, ma gli uomini i titoli.|
For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles.
MachiavelliDei Discorsi. III. 38.
|Honour is purchasd by the deeds we do;|
* * * honour is not won,
Until some honourable deed be done.
MarloweHero and Leander. First Sistiad. L. 276.
|To set the cause above renown,|
To love the game beyond the prize,
To honor while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes;
To count the life of battle good
And dear the land that gave you birth,
And dearer yet the brotherhood
That binds the brave of all the earth.
Henry NewboldtClifton Chapel.
|When honor comes to you be ready to take it;|
But reach not to seize it before it is near.
John Boyle OReillyRules of the Road.
|Honour, the spur that pricks the princely mind,|
To follow rule and climb the stately chair.
George PeeleThe Battle of Alcazar. Act I.
|Well shine in more substantial honours,|
And to be noble, well be good.
Thos. PercyReliques. Winifreda.
| Et ille quidem plenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus, illis etiam quos recusavit.|
He died full of years and of honors, equally illustrious by those he refused as by those he accepted.
Pliny the YoungerEpistles. II. 1.
| A Quixotic sense of the honorableof the chivalrous.|
PoeLetter to Mrs. Whitman. Oct. 18, 1848.
|Honour and shame from no condition rise;|
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 193.
|A bon entendeur ne faut quun parole.|
A good intention does not mean honor.
RabelaisPantagruel. Bk. V. Ch. VII.
|Faisons ce que lhonneur exige.|
Let us do what honor demands.
RacineBérénice. IV. 4.
| Mais sans argent lhonneur nest quune maladie.|
But without money honor is nothing but a malady.
RacinePlaideurs. I. 1.
|Nichtswürdig ist die Nation, die nicht|
Ihr alles freudig setzt an ihre Ehre.
That nation is worthless which does not joyfully stake everything on her honor.
SchillerDie Jungfrau von Orleans. I. 5. 81.
| Das Herz und nicht die Meinung ehrt den Mann.|
What he feels and not what he does honors a man.
SchillerWallensteins Tod. IV. 8. 70.
| See that you come|
Not to woo honour, but to wed it.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 14.
| Honours thrive,|
When rather from our acts we them derive
Than our foregoers.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 142.
| A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good livery of honour.|
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 105.
| If I lose mine honour,|
I lose myself; better I were not yours
Than yours so branchless.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 22.
| For hes honourable|
And doubling that, most holy.
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 179.
| Methinks it were an easy leap,|
To pluck bright honour from the pale-facd moon.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 201.
|And pluck up drowned honour by the locks.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 205.
| Well, tis no matter; honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off, when I come on? how then? Can honour set to a leg? no: or an arm? no: or take away the grief of a wound? no: Honour hath no skill in surgery, then? no. What is honour? a word. What is that word honour? air. A trim reckoning! Who hath it? he that died o Wednesday. Doth he feel it? no. Doth he hear it? no. Is it insensible, then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? no. Why? detraction will not suffer it. Therefore, Ill none of it. Honour is a mere scutcheon; and so ends my catechism.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 129.
|For Brutus is an honourable man;|
So are they all, all honourable men.
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 87.
|Thou art a fellow of a good respect;|
Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it.
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 45.
| Let none presume|
To wear an undeservd dignity.
O, that estates, degrees and offices
Were not derivd corruptly, and that clear honour
Were purchasd by the merit of the wearer!
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 9. L. 39.
| Mine honour let me try:|
In that I live, and for that will I die.
Richard II. Act I. Sc. I. L. 184.
|And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,|
So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
Taming of the Shrew. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 175.
|I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,|
Than you should such dishonour undergo.
Tempest. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 26.
|For honour travels in a strait so narrow,|
Where one but goes abreast.
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 154.
|Honour sits smiling at the sale of truth.|
ShelleyQueen Mab. Canto IV. L. 218.
|His honor rooted in dishonor stood,|
And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
TennysonIdyls of the King. Lancelot and Elaine. L. 886.
| The nations honor is dearer than the nations comfort; yes, than the nations life itself.|
Woodrow WilsonSpeech. Jan. 29, 1916.