Honor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old honor quotes, honor sayings, and honor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Publilius Syrus

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.     

Henry Louis Mencken

A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.     

Proverb

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Honor is the reward of virtue.     

Cicero

Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.     

Sophocles

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

Walter Lippmann

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.     

Thomas Jefferson

Honor lies in honest toil.     

Steven Grover Cleveland

Honor is not the appendage of any social class. It is a way of life which may be freely chosen by any man or women, regardless of race, color, or creed.     

T. Braxton Woody

Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, form our true honor.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Julius Caesar

Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.     

Pliny the Elder

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

Charles Caleb Colton

He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.     

Publilius Syrus

An honor is not diminished for being shared.     

Lois McMaster Bujold

Honor does not have to be defended.     

Robert J. Sawyer

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

Calvin Coolidge

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious than life.     

William Shakespeare

If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.     

Thomas More

Honor is like a match, you can only use it once.     

Marcel Pagnol

You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor.     

Miyamoto Musashi

Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least impurity without damage. It is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by a single flaw.     

Jacques Bossuet

Honor 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.     

Akhenaton

It is little honor to the lion to seize the mouse.     

German Proverb

A man's word is his honor.     

Japanese Proverb

Pleasures are transient, honors are immortal.     

Periander

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.     

Mark Twain

Who sows virtue reaps honor.     

Leonardo da Vinci

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

William Shakespeare

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.     

Lois McMaster Bujold

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

Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.     

Ben Jonson

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

Alexander Pope

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.     

Joseph Addison

Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.     

Pliny the Elder

True honor is an outflow from a heart that fears God.     

John Bevere

We don't honor just to get a reward; we honor because it is the heart of God, and it is our delight.     

John Bevere

Honor must start in the heart, but if it ends there, it isn't honor. Honor must be expressed through words, symbols, actions, or gestures. Honor is among the most incarnational of the virtues. It must have feet and hands.     

Douglas Wilson

Smears are not only to be expected but fought. Honor is to be earned, not bought.     

Margaret Chase Smith

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 is the presence of God in man.     

Pat Conroy

Honour may not win power, but it wins respect. And respect earns power.     

Mitsunari Ishida

Honour always wins, it is inevitable.     

Mitsunari Ishida

A man without honor is worse than dead.     

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

National honor is the national property of the highest value.     

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

SUCCESS WITHOUT HONOR IS AN UNSEASONED DISH; IT WILL SATISFY YOUR HUNGER, BUT IT WON'T TASTE GOOD.     

Joe Paterno

HONOR WEARS DIFFERENT COATS TO DIFFERENT EYES.     

Barbara Tuchman

A TRUE MAN OF HONOR FEELS HUMBLED HIMSELF WHEN HE CANNOT HELP HUMBLING OTHERS.     

Robert E. Lee