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
He who would pass the declining years of his life with honor and comfort should, when young, consider that he may one day become old. and remember, when he is old, that he has once been young. Joseph Addison
This is the lesson: Never give in ... never, never, never, never... in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor or good taste. Winston Churchill
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honor, command, power, and glory. Cicero
I am now past the craggy paths of study, and come to the flowery plains of honor and reputation. Ben Jonson
Honor’s a fine imaginary notion, that draws in raw and unexperienced men to real mischiefs. Joseph Addison
Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done. William Shakespeare
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. Andrew Carnegie
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. Socrates
Honor is not a matter of any man's calling merely, but rather of his own actions in it. John S. Dwight
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honor worth no more to you than the price of my lantern! Epictetus
He that hath a trade hath an estate and he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor. Benjamin Franklin
An honor prudently declined often returns with increased luster. Titus Livy
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
Before honor is humility. Bible (Proverbs 15:33)
What is left when honor is lost? Titus Livy
All is lost save honor. Francis I
For new-made honor doth forget men’s names. William Shakespeare
Rightly to be great / Is not to stir without great argument. / But greatly to find quarrel in a straw / When honor’s at the stake. William Shakespeare
A good reputation is more valuable than money. Publilius Syrus
How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation! Michel de Montaigne
The purest treasure mortal times afford / Is spotless reputation. William Shakespeare
Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. Warren Buffett
Honor is a harder master than the law. It cannot compromise for less than one hundred cents on a dollar, and its debts are never outlawed. Mark Twain
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Bible (Proverbs 29:23)
Leave not a stain in thine honor. Bible (Apocrypha 33:22)
Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help. Homer
If to die honorably is the greatest / Part of virtue, for us fate’s done her best. Simonides
All men have in themselves that which is truly honorable. Only they do not think of it. Mencius
As material fortune is associated with the properties of the body, so honor belongs to those of the soul. Suetonius
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. Niccolo Machiavelli
My honor is dearer to me than my life. Miguel de Cervantes
"By heaven methinks it were an easy leap / To pluck bright honor from the pale-fac’d moon, / Or dive into the bottom of the deep, / Where fathom-line could never touch the ground. / And pluck up drowned honor by the locks. William Shakespeare
Set honor in one eye and death i' the other, / And I will look on both indifferently. William Shakespeare
Well, honor is the subject of my story. / I cannot tell what you and other men / Think of this life; but, for my single self, / I had as lief not be as live to be / In awe of such a thing as I myself. William Shakespeare
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, / The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison
Better poor with honor than rich with shame. Dutch Proverb
Better poor with honor than rich with shame. Dutch Proverb
Better to deserve honor and not have it, than have it and not deserve it. Portuguese Proverb
Honor and profit will not keep in one sack. Portuguese Proverb
Honor blossoms on the grave. French Proverb
Honor buys no meat in the market. Danish Proverb
Honor has a big shadow. Swedish Proverb
Honor is from him who gives it, not in him who gets it. Yiddish Proverb
Honor is the reward of virtue. Roman Proverb
Honor lasts beyond the grave. German Proverb
Honor lies in honest toil. German Proverb
Honor once lost never returns. Dutch Proverb
Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. Herbert Hoover
The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. George Bernard Shaw
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. Andrew Carnegie
All men with honor are kings. But not all kings have honor. Robert Roy MacGregor
[Honor is] what no man can give you and none can take away. Honor is a man's gift to himself. Robert Roy MacGregor
You put too much wind to your sail: discretion / And hardy valor are the twins of honor, / And nursed together, make a conqueror; Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher