Honor Proverbs

Sayings about Honor

The young should be taught, the old should be honored. ~ Swedish Proverb

Every man is the guardian of his own honor. ~ Indian Proverb

He who wants to sell his honor will always find a buyer. ~ Arabian Proverb

Probity is true honor. ~ Latin Proverb

Ease and honor are seldom bedfellows. ~ Traditional Proverb

An old man with a torn sleeve never dishonored anyone. ~ Brazilian Proverb

There is honor among thieves. ~ Traditional Proverb

Poverty is no shame — but is no great honor either. ~ Jewish Proverb

If you don’t honor your wife, you are dishonoring yourself. ~ Mexican Proverb

God sells knowledge for labor, honor for risk. ~ Dutch Proverb

No revenge is more honorable than the one not taken. ~ Spanish Proverb

The key that unlocks is also the key that locks. Honor a child, and he will honor you. ~ African Proverb

He who lives without discipline dies without honor. ~ Icelandic Proverb

Age is honorable and youth is noble. ~ Irish Proverb

A hundred years cannot repair a moment’s loss of honor. ~ Traditional Proverb

If the master gets drunk it is an honorable drunkenness; if the servant does it is evidence of his mean disposition. ~ Tibetan Proverb

Honor goes to God; the priests get the bacon. ~ Russian Proverb

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. ~ Welsh Proverb

Chins without beards deserve no honor. ~ Spanish Proverb

Honor and money cannot go in the same sack. ~ Spanish Proverb

There is no honor when there is nothing to eat. ~ Russian Proverb

From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor. ~ Traditional Proverb

It is better to save your innocence at the expense of your honor than your country at the expense of your life. ~ Chinese Proverb

Where there is no shame, there is no honor. ~ African Proverb

Not everyone who sits in the seat of honor is master. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Better retreat in honor than advance in disgrace. ~ Serbian Proverb

The place honors not the man; it is the man who honors the place. ~ Hebrew Proverb

After honor and state follow envy and hate. ~ Dutch Proverb

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

Who fears no shame comes to no honor. ~ Dutch Proverb

Beware of men who flourish hereditary honors. ~ Traditional Proverb

Honor is better than honors. ~ Belgian Proverbs

Excellent people are honored wherever they go. ~ Tibetan Proverb

Nobility of soul is more honorable than nobility of birth. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash. ~ Traditional Proverb

A man without honor smells worse than a corpse. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Before honor is humility. ~ Bible

Who loses honor can lose nothing else. ~ Latin Proverbs

What good is honor when you’re starving? ~ Yiddish Proverb

God sells knowledge for labor — honor for risk. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

Better poor with honor than rich with shame. ~ Dutch Proverbs

It is little honor to the lion to seize the mouse. ~ German Proverbs

Pleasures are transient, honors are immortal. ~ Greek Proverbs

Quotations about Honor

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

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling? ~ Joseph Addison

One cannot seek to uphold honor in a being that has none. ~ Charles De Lint

Honor is self-esteem made visible in action. ~ Ayn Rand

The law of honor is a system of rules constructed by people of fashion, and calculated to facilitate their intercourse with one another. ~ William Paley

A good intention does not mean honor. ~ Francois Rabelais

Honor and fortune exist for him who always recognizes the neighborhood of the great, always feels himself in the presence of high causes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine, of honor. ~ A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

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

Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong. ~ Ouida

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

Honor isn’t about making the right choices. It’s about dealing with the consequences. ~ Midori Koto

I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past. ~ Tom Brokaw

Honor appears to me to be an object of great importance, since men submit to every kind of labor, and undergo every sort of danger, with the desire of attaining it. ~ Xenophon

Honors achieved far exceed those that are created. ~ Solon

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

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

What he feels and not what he does honors a man. ~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

In whom the love of honor and praise is innate, are those who are elevated most above the brutes, and who are justly named men, and not merely human beings. ~ Xenophon

Honor’s a lease for life to come. ~ Samuel Butler

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

When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead. ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it, better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. ~ George Bernard Shaw

What is left when honour is lost? ~ Publilius Syrus

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. ~ Sophocles

What can be more honorable than to have courage enough to execute the commands of reason and conscience,–to maintain the dignity of our nature, and the station assigned us? ~ Jeremy Collier

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

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

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. ~ George Washington

The law often permits what honor prohibits. ~ Bermard Josef Saurin

To contemn all the wealth and power in the world, where they stand in competition with a man’s honor, is rather good sense than greatness of mind. ~ Sir Richard Steele

Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least injury without damage; it is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by the least flaw. ~ Jacques Benigue Bossuet

Honour is like a match, you can only use it once. ~ Marcel Pagnol, Marius

Next to living with honor is to die with honor. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

One honor won is a surety for more. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Our own heart, and not other men’s opinion, forms our true honor. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He who has lost honor can lose nothing more. ~ Publilius Syrus

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you. ~ Mary Kay Ash

Envy honors the dead in order to insult the living. ~ Claude A. Helvétius

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong. ~ Thomas Jefferson

National honor is the national property of the highest value. ~ James Monroe

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

Honor and shame from no condition rise; act well your part, there all the honor lies. ~ Alexander Pope

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

That nation is worthless which does not joyfully stake everything on her honor. ~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Honor lies in honest toil. ~ Grover Cleveland

The nation’s honor is dearer than the nation’s comfort; yes, than the nation’s life itself. ~ Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Ability without honor is useless. ~ Marcus T Cicero

We would rather starve than sell our national honor. ~ Indira Gandhi

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

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Honor is the most capricious in her rewards. She feeds us with air, and often pulls down our house, to build our monument. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Let honor be to us as strong an obligation, as necessity is to others. ~ Pliny the Elder

Once you pledge, don’t hedge. ~ Nikita S. Khrushchev

When honor comes to you, be ready to take it; but reach not to seize it before it is near. ~ John Boyle O’Reilly

Honor’s a good brooch to wear in a man’s hat at all times. ~ Ben Jonson

Act well your part; there all honor lies. ~ Alexander Pope

If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare. ~ William Arnot

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor. ~ Joseph Addison

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

One has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. ~ Walter Lippmann

Dishonor is like a gash on a tree trunk — instead of disappearing with age, it enlarges. ~ Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The strongest passion which I have is honor. ~ Philip James Bailey

To those whose god is honor, disgrace alone is sin. ~ A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Let my honor be without stain. ~ Motto

In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them. ~ Lord Horatio Nelson

The country’s honor must be upheld at home and abroad. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Honor is infinitely more valuable than positions of honor. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honor is but the reflection of a man’s own actions shining bright in the face of all about him, and from thence rebounding upon himself. ~ Bishop Robert South

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. ~ Joseph Addison

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

What is honorable is also safest. ~ Titus Livy

I have deserved neither so much honor nor so much disgrace. ~ Pierre Corneille

Honour sits smiling at the sale of truth. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul. ~ William Shakespeare

Honor is simply the morality of superior men. ~ H.L.Mencken

Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor. ~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Honor is the reward of virtue. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

All men of honor are alone. ~ F. Paul Wilson

Let us do what honor demands. ~ Francois Rabelais

Honor is the moral conscience of the great. ~ Sir William D’Avenant

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

The journey of high honor lies not in smooth ways. ~ Sir Philip Sidney

The best memorial for a mighty man is to gain honor ere death. ~ Beowulf VII

All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted. ~ Andrew Carnegie

Honor is but an itch in youthful blood of doing acts extravagantly good. ~ Samuel Howard

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

Without money honor is merely a disease. ~ Jean Racine

I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating. ~ Sophocles

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

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

A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Honor, thou strong idol of man’s mind. ~ Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Men honor men who honor their fellow men. ~ Ken Alstad

You can be deprived of your money, your job and your home by someone else, but remember that no one can ever take away your honor. ~ William Lyon Phelps

Honor — it was transitory and subjective, and often directly opposed to practicality. ~ Amanda Downum

The more honor, the more danger. ~ Aesop

A person dishonored is worst than dead. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

Honor lies in honest toil. ~ Steven Grover Cleveland

No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil. ~ Citium Zeno

Honor is the only really good disguise for an occasional act of dishonor. ~ Tad Williams

The post of honor is a private station. ~ Joseph Addison

For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Honor Proverbs

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