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.     


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.     


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


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.     


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.     


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