Tribute Sayings and Quotes

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

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.     

Oscar Wilde

Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.     

Jean de la Fontaine

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.     

Thurgood Marshall

Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.     

Grover Norquist

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.     

Shannon Alder

Be happy. That's the finest tribute one can pay to the dead.     

Marty Rubin

She stands as a tribute to all that surrounds her. A woman of beauty, in a sunset of desire.     

Anthony T. Hincks

I've always looked on criticism as a sort of envious tribute.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The greatest tribute one can give to a writer is that it is simply enough to read him.     

Isaac Goldberg

Make your life a tribute equal to the magnitude of the gift of life.     

Bryant McGill

The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.     

J. William Fulbright

Pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers. Tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.     

Romans 13:6-7

Therefore, it is with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great Republic, and here and now, in the shadow of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to successful issue.     


Every public man pays tribute to malignity, but he is rewarded in honors and gold.     


On this day of thanksgiving, let us generously remember the poor and needy, so that our tribute of praise and gratitude may be acceptable in the sight of the Lord.     

Stephen Grover Cleveland

For ne'er was flattery lost on poet's ear; / A simple race! they waste their toil / For the vain tribute of a smile.     

Sir Walter Scott

Themes, the most loved of all the Ocean's sons, / By his old sire, to his embraces runs, / Hasting to pay his tribute to the Sea, / Like mortal life to meet eternity.     

John Denham

Whereas terrorists usually dismiss the law altogether, without even pretending to abide by it, states pay tribute to law and norms and breach them only under extreme circumstances in the changing rules of combating terrorism.     

Ze'ev Ibiansky

To all teachers— past, present, and future. Yours is the greatest profession! Thanks be to God for the teachers of the world.     

Garrison Keillor

No tribute is laid on castles in the air.     

Charles Churchill

A great tribute, is expressing the great love for a Grandmother we share with our children.     

Tom Baker

It is better to pay tribute of gold to the enemy than tribute of blood in war.     

Stefan Zweig

The accolades usually come when you're dead or too old to get a job     

John Frankenheimer

It's a tribute to the human brain that anyone is able to function out there on television in a talk situation that is entirely artificial.     

Dick Cavett

The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.     

George Steiner

The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.     

John Dryden

Give tribute, but not oblation, to human wisdom.     

Philip Sidney

Let our tribute to the dead be a new resolve: to respect people for what they individually think, rather than respect groups for what they were collectively brought up to believe.     

Richard Dawkins

Commendation heals; condemnation destroys.     

Carl Jung

Accolades are there to congratulate you but also to make you understand that it's not over. You now have to continue trying to improve the craft and keep going. It's not something to rest on.     

Joe Morton