Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
Margaret Fuller (Summer on the Lakes)
There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
John W. Gardner (“The aims of a Free People” Excellence)
Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Honor and shame from no condition rise, Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man)