Honor Quotes



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Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost. Arthur Schopenhauer
When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. Herbert Hoover
A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. Walter Lippmann
Honor is but an empty bubble. John Dryden
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure. Pat Riley
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship. Olympia Snowe
He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. Walter Lippmann
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Benjamin Disraeli
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. H. L. Mencken
Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. Herbert Hoover
If peace cannot be maintained with honour, it is no longer peace. John Russell
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
Honour sinks where commerce long prevails. Oliver Goldsmith
Honor lies in honest toil. Grover Cleveland
I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor. Grover Cleveland
They can't just tell everybody else to ignore all the other meanings that it's accrued.. Edward L. Ayers
I pledge to you that we shall have an honorable end to this war in Vietnam. Richard Nixon
The Confederate Cromwell Anonymous
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, "We did this ourselves. Lao Tzu
this battle is going to decide the fate of all America and it is preferable to die on the field of honour than at the hands of our executioners. Jose de San Martin
Mexicans, I dies with honour, and not as a traitor. That stain I will not bequeath to my children and their posterity; I am not a traitor, no. Agustin I; Agustin de Iturbide
Arise, ye noble citizens, cast out all fear for good or ill, for our brave breasts and arms, shall be the walls that guard Brazil. Pedro I
Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion. This saves your honor. God is with you. Haj Amin Al-Husseini
Poor Wilson did not understand that a frontier which is not defended with bayonets, force and honor cannot be secured by any other principle. Kemal Ataturk
I swear in front of my mother’s grave and in the presence of God, that I shall not hesitate to join her if this be necessary for the defense of the sovereignty which the nation has won at the cost of so much blood. I deem it a debt of conscience and honor to give my life for the sake of national sovereignty. Kemal Ataturk
Hypocrites and frauds of old used to drink a thousand times more, secretly in hovels as they indulged in all sorts of nastiness. I am not a fraud. I drink in my nation’s honor. Kemal Ataturk
There is no nation in the world greater, older or more honorable than the Turkish nation, nor has one been seen in the history of humanity. Kemal Ataturk
Paradoxically, it’s the honor of the raped girl’s family that is tarnished and she ends up dead by the hands of her own kin, her own father or brother. Yasmine Perni
No country in the world abounds in men of higher honor and integrity than the South, but where the question of Slavery is involved, justice and honor must stand aside, and the worst passions of the worst part of society become the ruling principle. The tyrant's plea of public danger and public necessity on such occasions overrides all laws, higher and lower, and the demagogue who bids highest for the public favor, by avowing the most malignant hatred of Abolitionism, is sure to obtain power. The honor of the South, therefore, cannot be trusted where the interests of Slavery are involved, because on such occasions the voice of honor and truth is always silenced by the clamor of low, brutal and selfish passions. New York Tribune
For a respectable person, dishonor is worse than death. Bhagavad Gita
If it is right to honor those who served in the cause of war, then it is equally right to honor those who served the cause of resistance to war. Samuel H. Day Jr.
A man without honour is one who steals or deceives people, but he remains an honourable man even if he has sexual relations with three-quarters of the earth's women. As for a woman, she may kill or steal, but she will be considered honourable so long as she preserves her hymen, without which she loses all honour Khaled Montasser
The Honor of the United States was at stake. William Eaton
It is more honorable to walk in dignity than to ride in humiliation. Martin Luther King Jr.
We recognize the nobility as the foremost defenders of liberty and of the present constitution. We charge unto the virtue, citizenship and honor of every nobleman the reverence of its sanctity and the safeguarding of its durability, as the sole bulwark of the country and of our liberties. Poland
Fear God and Honour the Chief Anonymous
Village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor. Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law. V. S. Naipaul
The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. Yamamoto Tsunetomo Jocho
Not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. Yamamoto Tsunetomo Jocho
We should never get out of Iraq without wrenching something, such as the national honour or the interests of bondholders. Clement Attlee
There are three basic fundamentals of Arab society, shame, honor, and revenge. Sania Hamady
As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort—as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails. Robert G. Ingersoll
There has been no crime committed by statesmen of this character without those statesman appealing to the nations' honour. We fought the Crimean War because of our honour. We rushed to South Africa because of out honour. The Right Hon. Gentleman (Sir Edward Grey) is appealing to us today because of our honour. What is the use of talking about coming to the aid of Belgium, when, as a matter of fact, you are engaging in a whole European War which is now going to leave the map of Europe in the position it is in now? James Ramsay MacDonald
it would be a disgrace for us to make this bargain with Germany at the expense of France - a disgrace from which the good name of this country would never recover. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The pain that a martyr feels at the time of death will be reduced so greatly that he will only feel as if he was stung by a mosquito …. the finest dwellings in Paradise are those of the martyrs …. the angels spread their wings over the body of a martyr as a form of honor, dignity and respect Usaamah Khayyaat
God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death Book of Matthew
War and preparation for war is not a matter of national honor and national defense, but a matter of profit for the few. Gerald P. Nye
I would beg ... to add my plea for the Colored Girls of the South:-- that large, bright, promising fatally beautiful class ... so full of promise and possibilities, yet so sure of destruction; often without a father to whom they dare apply the loving term, often without a stronger brother to espouse their cause and defend their honor with his life's blood; in the midst of pitfalls and snares, waylaid by the lower classes of white men, with no shelter, no protection. Anna Julia Cooper
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Samuel Goldwyn
I feel it is an intensely disagreeable and unfortunate task which we cannot in honor shirk. Theodore Roosevelt
It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Some defeats are better than victories. A defeat endured as the result of contest conducted in a fair and honorable manner is a thousand times more creditable to the defeated party than a victory gained by all the mean and unscrupulous arts of the wire pullers. James Connolly
A seat in the council is honor without profit. Portuguese Proverb
Better deserve honor and not have it, than have it and not deserve it. Portuguese Proverb
In despotic statecraft, the supreme and essential mystery be to hoodwink the subjects, and to mask the fear, which keeps them down, with the specious garb of religion, so that men may fight as bravely for slavery as for safety, and count it not shame but highest honor to risk their blood and their lives for the vainglory of a tyrant; Baruch Spinoza
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. William Stekel
If a situation were to be forced upon us in which peace could only be preserved by the surrender of the great and beneficent position Britain has won by centuries of heroism and achievement, by allowing Britain to be treated where her interests were vitally affected as if she were of no account in the Cabinet of nations, then I say emphatically that peace at that price would be a humiliation intolerable for a great country like ours to endure. National honor is no party question. The security of our great international trade is no party question; the peace of the world is much more likely to be secured if all nations realize fairly what the conditions of peace must be David Lloyd George
Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honor, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it. Lord Kelvin
The soldier does not fire upon the soldier. Hans von Seekt
In the absence of their superior's adherence to the law, honorable men either speak up or get out Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
We [Druse] are a very conservative society, and we are especially sensitive to the issue of family honor. We are much more strict about this than other Muslims …. With us there is no compromise on this matter I would have preferred that her father had dealt with this matter differently, not by murder. But this woman broke the laws of our community, she crossed dangerous red lines, and she had to know that she would be punished for it Faraj Keifes
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't let's talk of national honor: what do such phrases mean? The plain fact is that war means the slaughter of millions. If the Prime Minister can still maintain the peace he will have saved those lives, he mustn't be rushed. James Maxton
Honor and ease are seldom bedfellows. Anonymous
Impeachment With Honor! Jail to the Chief! Impeach the Cox-sacker! Anonymous
Poverty is no disgrace, but it's no honor either. Anonymous
In most crimes of honour, there is no concrete evidence. The women are killed just because of rumours or suspicions that they may have crossed the line of 'decent' behaviour. In cases where women are deemed to have 'dishonoured' the family through their conduct, the husband is considered to have the first right to avenge, followed by the father, and then the brother. Gasser Abdel-Gawad
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison
Honour is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it. Akhenton; Amen ho tep IV
The vote, in the hands of an ignorant man, without either property of self respect, will be used to the damage of the people at large; for the rich man, without honor or any kind of patriotism, will purchase it, and with it swamp the rights of a free people. Alexander II
Gordon is in trouble. For the honor of the government and the nation you must try and save him. Queen Victoria
I am not one of those senators who feel it is necessary for the Senate to pass a resolution binding the membership to be honorable men. If I thought it was necessary to pass a resolution to make us honorable, I would not want to be a member of this body. Alben W. Barkley
I do not seek unpopularity as a badge of honor. It is sometimes the price of leadership. Tony Blair
Soldiers, you are naked, unfed; the government owes you much but has given you nothing. The patience and courage that you have shown among these rocks are admirable; but it brings you no glory—not a glimmer falls upon you. I will lead you into the most fertile plains in the world. Rich provinces, great cities will be in your power; there you will find honor, glory and riches. Napoleon Bonaparte
It is important that we get our people back, but your greater responsibility is to protect the honor and dignity of our country and its foreign policy interests. Zbigniew Brzezinski
The only alternative is war or national dishonor; and between these two, what American can hesitate. James Buchanan
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. Lois McMaster Bujold
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Lois McMaster Bujold
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. We can't forget the importance of the flag to the ideals of liberty and honor and freedom. To burn the flag, to dishonor it, is simply wrong. George W. Bush
Paris fights today so that France can speak tomorrow. Albert Camus
Being cast in marble is something that every Vice President looks forward to. It’s not only a high honor, but it’s our only shot at being remembered. Dick Cheney
The American flag must not be fired upon …. There is considerable American capital invested in Santo Domingo. Chicago Tribune
No man in the nation wants peace more than I; but I prefer the troubled ocean of war, demanded by the honor and independence of the country, with all its calamities and desolation, to the tranquil and putrescent pool of ignominious peace. Henry Clay
Honor and good faith and justice are equally due from this country toward the weak as toward the strong. Henry Clay
That's what the United States is about: honorable compromise. Bill Clinton
This is a military phthisis not a war … small skirmishes in which we are always facing the enemy with inferior numbers … There is no fundamental plan in this campaign … We are ready for any sacrifice in order to save the honor of the army and the prestige of the monarchy. Francesco Crispi
Let France be free, and I care not if my name is dishonored. Georges Jacques Danton
You do not understand the honor of France! Theophile Delcasse
In politics there is no honor. Benjamin Disraeli
We have brought you back, I think, Peace with Honor. Benjamin Disraeli
Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace – but a peace I hope with honour. Benjamin Disraeli
A man who is dishonored is considered dead. Leke Dukagjini
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor; so too does a little folly for a person of wisdom and honor. Book of Ecclesiastes
I will never break the word of a prince spoken in a public place, for my honor's sake. Elizabeth I
Union is a delectable thing, and so is wealth, and so is life, but they may all cost too much, if they cost honour. Ralph Waldo Emerson
NOW MARK THIS—if the Expeditionary Force, and I ask for no more than 200 men, does not come in 10 days, the town may fall; and I have done the best for the honor of our country. Good Bye Charles George Chinese Gordon
To protect the national honor, every dollar of Government indebtedness should be paid in gold, unless otherwise expressly stipulated in the contract. Let it be understood that no repudiator of one farthing of our public debt will be trusted in public place, and it will go far toward strengthening a credit which ought to be the best in the world. Ulysses S. Grant
In Washington it is an honor to be disgraced.... You have to have been somebody to fall. Meg Greenfield
Christians never shall employ the sword to protect property, character, liberty or life. Let the heathen rule us. Thomas Smith Grimke
There is nothing left to me but honor and my life which is saved. Francis I
We would rather starve than sell our national honor. Indira Gandhi
You are honored by your friends … distinguished by your enemies. I have been very distinguished. J. Edgar Hoover
I was wrong to expose myself to disaster and dishonor … I was lucky to escape … I shall leave here to sacrifice my position and my life in order to make the truth known. Gustave Humbert
Peace with honor is a dead formula. Pease with comfort is what the people would have liked to hear. Harry M. Hyndeman
Rape has been used as a tool of war. Similarly here, rape has been used as the ultimate humiliation. Attiya Inayatullah
A deep desire to be of help to my poor people has determined me to take a decided step in that direction. My only regret is that I shall appear ungrateful. Paul Jennings
If war is so easily averted as all this it does seem a pity no P[rime] M[inister] except Neville Chamberlain] has thought of it before. Peace without Honour seems to be what we have got. I'm glad. One can't expect both. Rose Macaulay
For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles. Niccolo Machiavelli
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. Niccolo Machiavelli
Not to turn back in battle, to protect the people, to honor the Brahmans [educated classes], is the best means for a king to secure happiness. Code of Manu
Those are most desirous of honor and glory who cry out the loudest of its abuse and the vanity of the world. Baruch Spinoza
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. Book of Matthew
Honor is simply the morality of superior men. H. L. Mencken
Plutocracy [government by the wealthy] lacks all the essential characters of a true democracy: a clean tradition, culture, public spirit, honesty, honor, courage—above all, courage. H. L. Mencken
National honor is national property of the highest value. James Monroe
I own frankly now that I am to engage, that what I may do may be reckoned and will be reckoned desperate. All appearances seem to be against me. Interest, prudence, and the obligations to you which I lie under, will prevent most people in my situation from taking a resolution that may probably end in my utter ruin. My life, my fortune, my expectations, the happiness of my wife and children are all at stake …, and yet a principle (what seems to me) honour, and my duty to King and Country, outweighs everything. George Murray
The bloody capitalists cannot conclude an honorable peace. They can conclude only a dishonorable peace, based upon a division of spoils. Vladimir Lenin
Rise before the elderly. Book of Leviticus
There can be no such thing as offending national honor. One may offend national pride or injure national interest. Meyer London
Resolved, that the Democratic party are in favor of the acquisition of the Island of Cuba on such terms as shall be honorable to ourselves and just to Spain. Democratic Party
Those consecrating themselves to communism must not only cast out truth, mercy, justice, and personal honor, but undergo a sickening discipline in lies, cruelty, crime, and self-abasement. Max Eastman
The national honor of my country will be redeemed by steel, not gold! William Eaton
There is honour even among thieves. English Proverb or Saying
There is a collapse of public spirit; the victories reported by the Army of Italy have not produced the enthusiasm that the national honor naturally inspires in Frenchmen. Gazette Francaise
You consult your honor; I my interest. Abu Muhammad Hammuda Pasha
I honor you as a daughter should" she said, "but I will take my own life if you do not give me your blessing to marry Crates Hipparchia
All Lords [legislative representatives] of the Five Nations Confederacy must be honest in all things. They must not idle or gossip, but be men possessing those honorable qualities that make true royaneh. It shall be a serious wrong for anyone to lead a Lord into trivial affairs, for the people must ever hold their Lords high in estimation out of respect to their honorable positions. Iroquois Nation
Men go to war for fear, honor or interest. Donald Kagan
The death sentence passed on five Nazi murderers by a court … has caused terrific excitement throughout the Nazi Party. It evidently thought itself above the law while committing the vilest crimes. Hitler has sent the murderers a personally signed telegram, assuring them of his sympathy and declaring it “a point of honour” that they shall be pardoned. And these are the sort of people who are now to enter the Government! Harry Kessler
I respect and honor all four great Prophets: Jesus Christ, Mohamed, Moses and Buddha, so that I can appeal to any one of them in heaven Kublai Khan
A people impetuous, bellicose and strong who attack their neighbors; they never, even if defeated, fall into the hands of the enemy; and if they see no chance of escaping alive, they pierce themselves in the stomach with a sword, thus killing themselves Leo the Deacon
Whenever you travel over your lands, permit not the servants, neither your own, nor a stranger's, to do any damage in the villages, or in the fields, that they may not curse you. Wheresoever you go, and wherever you stay, give the destitute to eat and to drink. Above all honor the stranger, whencesoever he may come, whether he be a commoner, a nobleman or an ambassador Vladimir Monomakh; Vladimir II
The Franks are void of all zeal and jealousy. One of them may be walking along with his wife. He meets another man who takes the wife by the hand and steps aside to converse with her while the husband is standing on one side waiting for his wife to conclude the conversation. If she lingers too long for him, he leaves her alone with the conversant and goes away. Usmah Ibn Munqidh
Followers vie keenly with each others as to who shall rank first with his chiefs, the chiefs as to who shall have the most numerous and the bravest followers. It is an honor as well as a source of strength to be thus always surrounded by a large body of picked youths; it is an ornament in peace and a defense in war. Cornelius Tacitus
He had rather spend 100,000 pounds on Embassies to keep or procure peace with dishonor, than 100,000 pounds on an army that would have forced peace with honor. Anthony Weldon
Where are the Magistracy, the Gentry, the Nobility of the land? Have they no concern for the honour of their nation? How long shall the capital city of Scotland, yea, and the chief street of it, stink worse than a common sewer? Will no lover of his country, or of decency and common sense, find a remedy for this? John Wesley
Those blessed ages were fortunate which wanted the dreadful fury of the devilish and murdering pieces of ordnance, to whose inventor I am verily persuaded that they render in hell an eternal reward for his diabolical invention, by which he hath given power to an infamous, base, vile, and dastardly arm to bereave the most valorous knight. Miguel de Cervantes
It is the honor and soul of England which is at stake! Alfred Duff Cooper; 1st Viscount Norwich
We talk about democracy and human rights. Iraqis talk about justice and honor. David Kilcullen
When a party shall make bond or conveyance, what he has named by word-of-mouth that shall hold good Rome
If you avoid dying for the honour and freedom of the Fatherland, you will die a criminal or a slave; die for the faith and the Fatherland and you will be granted life and a crown in heaven Philaret of Moscow
In politics, all you have is your word. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought. Margaret Chase Smith
We must not antagonize everyone. We must win their hearts and minds. We must win them to our side, not by begging for help from them, but by the honorable way that we struggle to help ourselves. We must not strengthen the enemy by pushing everyone into their camps through irresponsible and un-Islamic acts Mohamad Mahathir
You may take from me, Sir, the privileges and emoluments of place, but you cannot, and you shall not, take from me those habitual and warm regards for the prosperity of Great Britain which constitute the honour, the happiness, the pride of my life, and which, I trust, death alone can extinguish. William Pitt the Younger
If a man commits a crime with an honorable motive, he will go free. If a man witnesses a female relative in an immoral act and kills her, he will go free. Syria
If it had depended on me, you should have enjoyed this blessing which you so earnestly desire, the blessing of peace ; but it must be procured by new efforts; the immense sacrifices I have offered are of no avail; I can perfectly sympathize with all that my faithful subjects must endure, but I am persuaded they would themselves recoil from conditions of peace as repugnant to justice as to the honor of the French name. Louis XIV
Getting justice is for reputation, not for filling the belly. Arab Proverb
He who befriends a slayer is a slayer too. Arab Proverb
He who is strong, concedes. Arab Proverb
He who takes revenge erases shame. Arab Proverb
Injustice begets injustice. Arab Proverb
Just as livestock is property, so women are property And livestock brings blame to its owner. Arab Proverb
One who violates a woman and then covers her, gains grace. Arab Proverb
The weight of the first blood is heavier than that which follows. Arab Proverb
There is no injustice without justice coming after, just as there is no night not followed by day. Arab Proverb
There is no revenge on a woman Arab Proverb
The political seems to be concerned with honor, recognition in the public sphere, competition, which are very different than the virtues of the private sphere to which women have been historically assigned, which is more about continuing life, nurturing the young, attentiveness to everyday-ness. The virtue of the public sphere may be honor, but the virtue of the private sphere is care and concern. Hannah Arendt
I certify and declare that the Account of the Population of the District for which I am Enumerator, contained in this Book, has been truly and faithfully taken by me, and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the same is correct John Pearson
Soldiers will fight for our independence and the honor of the Volk. My cause is the cause of my Volk. Frederick William I
The motives pleading for war rather than tribute are numerous and honorable, those opposing them, mean and shortsighted. Thomas Jefferson
Until an African leader publicly acknowledges, honors and prays to an African God, we Africans will continue to be viewed as pathetic imitators of others, never having believed in ourselves. Molefi Kete Asante
We must study history to learn its lessons, absorb its spirit of possibility, extract and emulate its models of excellence and possibility and honor the moral obligation to remember. We must measure ourselves in the mirror of the best of our history and constantly ask ourselves how can we use the past as a foundation to inform, expand and enrich our present and future. Maulana Karenga
The doctrine of free will is always in danger of robbing God of his honor John Calvin
He who defends his money is a martyr, and who defends his religion is a martyr, and he who defends his honor is a martyr. Muhammed
O Emperor, you desire that there should be only one religion [Islam] out of two religions [Hinduism and Islam], but as these three pepper pods have been saved from the fire, God wishes to make three religions out of two. So there shall be three religions-- Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism in the future….I will never abandon my faith. I want no honor in this life; I want honor hereafter. The threat of death possesses no terrors for me. For death I am prepared … Tegh Bhadur Sahib Ji
Titles and honor and salutes it is in the power of the supreme authority in many countries to bestow, and it is from no vain or childish instinct that the world in all ages has attached value to these emblems or rewards. George Nathaniel Curzon; 1st Baron Kedleston
Another noxious disease of the mind is theirs, who having little employment, want Honor and Dignity Thomas Hobbes
It has been the great curse of American women that work--work for a living--was considered dishonorable, and only to be resorted to in case of necessity. Ellen Louise Curtis Demorest
An honor is not diminished for being shared. Lois McMaster Bujold
Wars are popular. Contractors make profits; the aristocracy glean honour. Ramsay MacDonald
Honor does not have to be defended. Robert J. Sawyer
Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people Welsh Proverb
Woe to the people that fails to honor its heroes! Rudolf Hess
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America rise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation John Adams
Have you not heard that many of your chaste and pure sisters from among the Sunnis of Telafar had their honor desecrated, their chastity slaughtered, and their wombs filled with the sperm of the Crusaders and of their brothers, the hate-filled Rafidites? Where is your religion? Moreover, where is your sense of honor, your zeal, and your manliness? Abu Musab Zarqawi
The principal end a prince was made for is to take care, that every one should have his rights. This ought to engage him to study not only the science of those great civilians, who ascend to the first principles of law, which regulate human society, and are the basis as it were of government and politics; but also that part of the law, which descends to the affairs of particular persons. This branch is generally left for the gentlemen of the long robe, and not admitted into the education of princes, though they are every day to pass judgment upon the fortunes, liberties, lives, honor, and reputation of their subjects. Princes are continually talked to of valour and liberality; but if justice do not regulate these two qualities, they degenerate into the most odious vices. Without justice valour does nothing but destroy; and liberality is only a foolish profuseness. Justice keeps all in order, and contains within bounds him, who distributes it, as well as those, to whom it is distributed. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror. Voltaire
A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honor. Charles Darwin
Our only way to repel the vicious attack on our land and restore our honor and glory is to sacrifice our souls, our money, our time, our lives and anything else for the sake of our noble cause Muhammad Badi
It is the first time on our history that somebody else, our friends and allies, have come to help us defend the country or secure the country. It is against our honor as true Afghans, that your sons and daughters blood is shed on our side. We have been proud that throughout our history that we have defended the country against overwhelming odds, against every superpower, against every big conqueror. This is the first time. So we really want to be helped to restore our pride and honor to be able to defend our country like we have defended it for 5 thousand years. Abdul Rahim Wardak
Honor to the French! They have taken good care of the two greatest human needs—good eating and civic equality. Heinrich Heine
War is a dreadful thing, but there are things more dreadful even than war, one of them is dishonor. William Randolph Hearst
It was not lust for honor, nor a seeking after fame, nor blind obstinacy nor power-seeking that demanded of the Fuhrer [Adolf Hitler] our resignation from the League of Nations, but simply the clear determination to be unconditionally responsible to ourselves in enduring and mastering our own destiny. Martin Heidegger
Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by becoming necessary. Nathan Hale
There are things more important than peace. Alexander Haig
It is not honorable to take a mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice Thomas Jefferson
It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it. Thomas Jefferson
In every quarrel between two gentlemen where satisfaction is thought necessary, let the parties be empowered to summon a jury of honour from among their friends, six to be appointed by one gentleman, and six by the other …. Let this jury of honour, when duly assembled, discuss the merits of the dispute in question, and form their opinion by a majority of votes; but to guard against generating fresh quarrels by the discovery of the votes on either side, let the whole twelve be bound to secrecy upon their honour, and the whole twelve sign the verdict of the majority. Let a copy of this verdict be delivered to the gentleman whose conduct is condemned; and if he refuses to make the required concession or due satisfaction, let this opinion be published in such a manner as may be thought proper, and be understood to divest him of his character as a gentleman so long as he remains contumacious. By this single expedient, conveyed in few words, it is hoped the necessity of duels may be effectually superseded, the practice suppressed, and ample satisfaction enforced for all injuries of honour. Thomas Paine
No prisoner in history – in fact, no individual in history - has received so many honors and so much recognition all over the world as Nelson Mandela. Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy
The motives pleading for war rather than tribute are numerous and honorable; those opposing them mean and short-sighted Thomas Jefferson
It is a demand with which I regret that my sense of honor, and of my obligation to my Government, prevent my compliance. Robert Anderson
Our strength lies in the free development of national cultures. True internationalism is possible only if one has a profound respect for the dignity, honor, culture and history of each people. Mikhail Gorbachev
Might a sense of the true aims of life elevate the tone of politics and trade, till public and private honor become identical! Margaret Fuller
Gentlemen, since the settlement of that Constitution, now nearly two centuries ago, England has never experienced a revolution, though there is no country in which there has been so continuous and such considerable change. How is this? Because the wisdom of your forefathers placed the prize of supreme power without the sphere of human passions. Whatever the struggle of parties, whatever the strife of factions, whatever the excitement and exaltation of the public mind, there has always been something in this country round which all classes and parties could rally, representing the majesty of the law, the administration of justice, and involving, at the same time, the security for every man's rights and the fountain of honor. Benjamin Disraeli
There is no pride in attacking a sleeping enemy. Isoroku Yamamoto
This is the reason, then, why Christians are counted public enemies: that they pay no vain, nor false, nor foolish honors to the emperor Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus; Tertullian
how very warlike the French are … if once roused, they will not listen to the calm reasoning of those who wish for peace, or think of the great risk they run of losing by war, but only of the glory and of revenging insult, as they call it. Queen Victoria
The insult of 800 years is at last avenged. The gates of the temple of Somnauth, so long the memorial of your humiliation, are become the proudest record of your national glory... You will yourselves, with all honor, transmit the gates of sandal-wood, through your respective territories, to the restored Temple of Somnauth Edward Law
There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. Dalton Trumbo
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. Andrew Jackson
Men who have sacrifice their well-being, and even their lives, for the cause of truth or the public good, are, from an empirical point of view -- which scorns virtue and altruism -- regarded as insane or fools; but, from a moral standpoint, they are heroes who do honor to humanity.. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
He whose honor is rooted in popular approval must, day by day, anxiously strive, act, and scheme in order to retain his reputation. Baruch Spinoza
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; But when the truth entails tremendous ruin, To speak dishonorably is pardonable. Sophocles
Since it is necessary to have enemies, let us endeavor to have those who do us honor. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
How do you criticize corrupt public officials without attacking their honor or reputation? Ismail Serageldin
Vindicate the injured honor of our navy and revive the drooping spirits of the nation. Paul Hamilton
They were certainly not soldiers. They were as ignorant of the alphabet of obedience as their officers were of the art of commanding. And yet they acquitted themselves reasonably well, a fact which can be explained only by reference to the causes of their insubordination in camp. These men were the people of the South, and the war was their own; wherefore they fought to win it of their own accord, and not at all because their officers commanded them to do so. Their personal spirit and their intelligence were their sole elements of strength. Death has few terrors for such men, as compared with dishonor, and so they needed no officers at all, and no discipline, to insure their personal good conduct on the field of battle. The same elements of character, too, made them accept hardship with the utmost cheerfulness… George Cary Eggleston
All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honor; Duty; Mercy; Hope. Winston Churchill
An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war. Mark Twain
The government is not best which secures mere life and property -- there is a more valuable thing -- manhood. Mark Twain
... a man's first duty is to his own conscience and honor; the party and country come second to that, and never first. Mark Twain
Human beings feel dishonor the most, sometimes, when they most deserve it. Mark Twain
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honor Benjamin Disraeli
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed. William Shakespeare
It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honor of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused. John Jay
A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honor. Charles Darwin
The position of Princes is no doubt difficult in these times, but it would be much less so if they would behave honorably and straightforwardly, giving the people gradually those privileges which would satisfy all the reasonable and well-intentioned, and would weaken the power of the Red Republicans; instead of that, reaction and a return to all the tyranny and oppression is the cry and the principle—and all papers and books are being seized and prohibited, as in the days of Metternich!.. Queen Victoria
The honor of England does not consist in defending every English officer or English subject, right or wrong, but in taking care that she does not infringe the rules of justice, and that they are not infringed against her. John Russell
Our profession is the chastest of all; even the shadow of a fault tarnishes the luster of our finest achievements. George Washington
Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The main object of the parents is to marry their daughters well, and to this a fair name is necessary. The sharp eyes of a duena, and the ready weapons to a father or brother, are a protection which the characters of most of them — men and women — render by no means useless; for the very men who would lay down their lives to avenge the dishonor of their own family would risk the same lives to complete the dishonor of another. Richard Henry Dana
If I have done any honorable exploit, that is my monument; but if I have done none, all your statues will signify nothing. Agesilaus II
Between the period of national honor and complete degeneracy there is usually an interval of national vanity, during which examples of virtue are recounted and admired without being imitated. The Romans were never more proud of their ancestors than when they ceased to resemble them. From being the freest and most high-spirited people in the world, they suddenly fell into the tamest and most abject submission. Robert Hall (minister)
If to preserve political independence and civil freedom to nations was a just ground of war, a war to preserve national independence, property, liberty, life, and honor from certain universal havoc is a war just, necessary, manly, pious; and we are bound to persevere in it by every principle, divine and human, as long as the system which menaces them all, and all equally, has an existence in the world. Edmund Burke
Nothing deters a good man from what honor requires of him Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I am about to die, God calls me... I have scarcely strength enough to support the last days that remain of my miserable life... I see no salvation for the country. I believe everything is lost forever. If there were a single sacrifice I could make - my life, my happiness or my honour – believe me, I would not hesitate; but I am convinced the sacrifice would be useless. Since I am unable to secure the happiness of my country, I refuse to rule it. Further, the tyrants have taken my native land from me and therefore I have no longer any country for which to make a sacrifice Simon Bolivar
In Turkey, the Kamalist elite ignored the religious leadership, the countryside, and the Kurds. Creating groups of very unhappy people who cohered into a new political opposition. The same happened in Israel, and Menachem Begin connected with them. Today, both Erdogan and Netanyahu rule from a support base that is more religious, more rural, and less educated, where honor and nationalism are important. That makes the relationship between the two very hard. Alon Liel
Female masturbation is more risky than male masturbation…. a woman might be accused of fornication. She will bring disgrace upon herself and her family. This will be a disaster, and some relatives might kill her. Some people do not stop at the boundaries of religious law. Driven by jealousy and rage, they might commit a crime and kill the girl. Obviously, killing her is forbidden and is a grave sin. Even if she did fornicate, she does not deserve to be killed. At most, she should be flogged, if she confesses four times, or if there were witnesses Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
The argument is exhausted. All hope of relief in the Union through the agency of committees, congressional legislation or constitutional amendments, is extinguished. We are satisfied the honor, safety, and independence of the Southern people require the organization of a Southern confederacy. Jefferson Davis
The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. . . . We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln
It undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault takes place within our units. And that’s why we are going to work together -- all of us --to stop these crimes of sexual assault, and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on Earth. And that message is coming all the way from the top.. Barack Obama
War is human. People fight for the same reasons that the Greek Historian Thucydides identified nearly 2,500 years ago: fear, honor and interest. Herbert Raymond McMaster
Happiness does not fall out of the blue and dreams will not come true by themselves. We need to be down-to-earth and work hard. We should uphold the idea that working hard is the most honorable, noblest, greatest and most beautiful virtue. Xi Jinping
To be without silver is better than to be without honor. Viking Proverb
Honor to a Spaniard, no matter how dishonest, is as real a thing as water, wine, or olive oil. There is honor among pickpockets and honor among whores. It is simply that the standards differ. Ernest Hemingway
My defense of the province [Quebec] would have succeeded had not this wretched people[the French Canadians] been blind to honor, duty, and their own interest. Guy Carleton
No man’s life shall be taken away, no man’s honor or good name shall be stained, no man’s person shall be arrested, restrained, banished, dismembered or in any way punished … unless it be by virtue of equity of some express law of the Country. Massachusetts
Republican committal for an Association of Nations, cooperating in sublime accord, to attain and preserve peace through justice rather than force, determined to add to security through international law, so clarified that no misconstruction can be possible without affronting world honor. Warren G. Harding
The true Indian sets no price upon either his property or his labor. His generosity is limited only by his strength and ability. He regards it as an honor to be selected for difficult or dangerous service and would think it shameful to ask for any reward, saying rather: ‘Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of honor’. Charles Eastman
… from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor. Edward Everett
I am Bourbon as a matter of honor, royalist according to reason and conviction, and republican by taste and character. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
A great many wars come on because neither party quite knows how to give up in a controversy without humiliation. Elihu Root
Better that the nation grow poor for a cause we can honor, than grow rich for an end that is unknown. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
We desire to see France paid and Germany revived, and as the creditor of Europe we would not wish to assume the role of an oppressive creditor, but would maintain the principle that financial obligations between nations are likewise moral obligations, which international faith and honor require should be discharged. Calvin Coolidge
Any man who has ever been honored by being made President of the United States is thereby forever after rendered the American people. Theodore Roosevelt
The only effective forces against the [Spanish American] war are the forces inspired by greed and fear, and the forces that tell in favor of the war are the belief in national honor and common humanity. Theodore Roosevelt
The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction. Thorstein Veblen
The great principles of the Democratic Party: Honesty in Government; All Public Office is a Public Trust; Equal Rights to All Men, and Special Privilege to None; Fair and Equal Taxation; An Open Door of Opportunity to the Humblest Citizen in all the Land; Loyalty at Home, Courage and Honor and Helpfulness Abroad John W. Davis
All honor to the noble women that have devoted earnest lives to the intellectual needs of mankind! Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The law of nations is founded upon reason and justice, and the rules of conduct governing individual relations between citizens or subjects of a civilized state are equally applicable as between enlightened nations. The considerations that international law is without a court for its enforcement and that obedience to its commands practically depends upon good faith instead of upon the mandate of a superior tribunal only give additional sanction to the law itself and brand any deliberate infraction of it not merely as a wrong but as a disgrace. A man of true honor protects the unwritten word which binds his conscience more scrupulously, if possible, than he does the bond a breach of which subjects him to legal liabilities, and the United States, in aiming to maintain itself as one of the most enlightened nations, would do its citizens gross injustice if it applied to its international relations any other than a high standard of honor and morality. Grover Cleveland
There is between Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams a diversity of opinion respecting the Algerians. Adams things peace should be purchased from them. Mr. Jefferson finds it as cheap and more honorable to cruise against them. I am inclined to the latter opinion ... Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du
I must contend that the liberty and perhaps the lives of so many valuable & estimable Americans ought not to be sacrificed to points of honor, taken in the abstract. James Barron
Wealth has never been a sufficient source of honour in itself. It must be advertised, and the normal medium is obtrusively expensive. John Kenneth Galbraith
Realizing that common sense and common decency alike dictate the futility of appeasement, we shall never try to placate an aggressor by the false and wicked bargain of trading honor for security. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Give civil and religious liberty, you give everything—knowledge and science, heroism and honor, virtue and power ; deny them, and you deny everything William Smyth
The idea of organizing any kind of defense aroused an almost innate repugnance. Digging into the earth was believed to be a dishonorable gesture for loyal fighters who in their heart of hearts wanted to offer themselves up to danger with their chests exposed. It was an instinctive thing, which seems to have passed down to our age of machines and merciless economic warfare from the reckless chivalry of Agincourt of the elaborate graces of Fontenoy. Maurice Gustave Gamelin
This question [torture] is not about our enemies; it is about us. We need not risk our national honor to prevail in any war. John McCain
The Lesson is Plain: If You Want WAR, vote for HUGHES! If You Want Peace With Honor, VOTE FOR WILSON. Robert Woolley
Colonel, I will bring back these colors to you in honor, or report to God the reason why. Anselmas Planciancois
Shall then this man go hungry, here in lands Blest by his honor, builded by his hands? Do something for him: let him never be Forgotten: let him have his daily bread: He who has fed us, let him now be fed. Let us remember his tragic lot— Remember, or else be ourselves forgot! Edwin Markham
The government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other. Luis Videgaray
America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal. As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism Kenneth Frazier

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