Quotations on Merit

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It wasn't glamorous in my day. In the regions, reporters were seen as such low life that they didn't merit their name in the Radio Times. Now people are interested in being famous. I never gave it a thought.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Life, Thought, People, Being, Day, Famous, Merit, Name, Now)

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Merit, Public)

The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them, believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the system pursued.
- William Banting
(Keywords: May, Merit, Pleasure, Weight)

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Glory, Justice, Mercy, Merit, Punishment, Race, Salvation, Sin)

I urge the enactment of a civil service law so explicit and so strong that no partisan official will dare evade it, basing all rewards, promotions and salaries solely on merit, on loyalty and industry in the public service.
- Arthur Capper
(Keywords: Law, Loyalty, Merit, Public, Service, Will)

And for yourself, whatever there has been either of sin or duty, remember the one and forget the other, and betake yourself wholly to the mercy of God and the merit of Christ.
- Donald Cargill
(Keywords: God, Christ, Duty, Forget, Mercy, Merit, Sin)

But if our sex would but well consider and rationally ponder, they will perceive and find that it is neither words nor place that can advance them, but worth and merit.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Sex, Merit, Will, Words, Worth)

I no longer have the terrible nightmares that I used to have. Mao had just died in 1976, and China began to open up. For the first time scholarships to go to the West to study were awarded on academic merit.
- Jung Chang
(Keywords: Time, First, Merit, Open, Study)

Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: Happiness, Nature, Infinite, Infinity, Merit, Now, Result, Value)

Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.
- Thomas Clarkson
(Keywords: Circumstances, May, Merit, Quakers, Slavery, Will)

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
- Emily Dickinson
(Keywords: Talent, Celebrity, Merit, Punishment)

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Men, People, Virtue, Ambition, Fortune, Merit, Moderation, Want)

Without feeling abashed by my ignorance, I confess that I am absolutely unable to say. In the absence of an appearance of learning, my answer has at least one merit, that of perfect sincerity.
- Jean Henri Fabre
(Keywords: Absence, Appearance, Feeling, Ignorance, Learning, Merit, Sincerity)

What indeed is life, unless so far as it is enjoyed? It does not merit the name.
- William Godwin
(Keywords: Life, Merit, Name)

It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Fools, Fortune, Merit, United)

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Keywords: Time, Science, Possibility, Apples, Merit, Physics, Tomorrow)

I could give you some names of Workshop participants who are as good as many who are being published but haven't had the right editor recognize their merit or have not been adequately published.
- James Gunn
(Keywords: Being, Merit, Names, Right)

Were I more conversant with literature and its great names, I could go on quoting them ad infinitum and acknowledge my debt for the merit you have been generous enough to find in my work.
- Knut Hamsun
(Keywords: Work, Debt, Literature, Merit, Names)

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty good likelihood their case - no matter what its merit - will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert
(Keywords: Court, Day, Judges, Lawyers, Merit, Pretty, Will)

It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
- Horace
(Keywords: Man, Merit, Parents)

Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, waiting to be turned loose. That's the measure of its merit.
- Elia Kazan
(Keywords: Death, Measure, Merit, Waiting)

The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise - and to the best in benefits and medical care.
- Sue Kelly
(Keywords: Medical, Benefits, Care, Deep, Defense, Fight, Merit, Nation, Praise, Respect, Veterans)

At Cardozo, study of law is part of a larger culture. You can get a law degree and make a good living, but it is best that you do that having studied the discipline for its own inherent merit, because you love studying.
- Norman Lamm
(Keywords: Love, Discipline, Culture, Law, Living, Merit, Study)

Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.
- Joseph Lancaster
(Keywords: Genius, Action, Conviction, Merit, Self, Youth)

We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us.
- Henry Lawson
(Keywords: English, Extremes, Eyes, Independence, Individuality, Merit, Study)

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Light, Merit, Reputation, World)

I don't say 'Tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it.
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Keywords: Man, Merit, World)

Australia as a nation, as a set of cities and some regional centres, that project died a death and we didn't get it up, but I still think there's merit in that.
- Susan Oliver
(Keywords: Death, Cities, Merit, Nation, Project)

Consider the Essay as a political pamphlet on the Revolution side, and the fact that it was the Whig gospel for a century, and you will see its working merit.
- Frederick Pollock
(Keywords: Fact, Revolution, Merit, Will)

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Soul, Eyes, May, Merit, Pretty, Sight)

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Soul, Merit, Sight)

Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Men, Honor, Merit, Praise)

If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit Awards.
- Annie Proulx
(Keywords: Attention, Awards, Merit, Spirit)

The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit, takes delight to bring it down to its own level.
- Samuel Richardson
(Keywords: Delight, Merit, Thinking, World)

People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: People, Being, Envy, Fortune, May, Merit, Pride)

Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Money, Honesty, Deeds, Friends, Merit, Soldiers)

A book is worth a few francs; we Germans can afford to destroy those. We all may not appreciate artistic merit, but cash value is another matter.
- Paul Scofield
(Keywords: May, Merit, Value, Worth)

Evidently the merit depends on the result of the work.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz
(Keywords: Work, Merit, Result)

It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
- Sophocles
(Keywords: Truth, Merit, News)

I think there's a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they're not sufficient because markets don't look after social needs.
- George Soros
(Keywords: Economy, Merit, Needs)

A young man, be his merit what it will, can never raise himself; but must, like the ivy round the oak, twine himself round some man of great power and interest.
- Philip Stanhope
(Keywords: Power, Interest, Ivy, Man, Merit, Oak, Will)

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Power, Success, Fortune, Merit, Prudence)

Nothing in medicine is so insignificant as to merit attention.
- Thomas Sydenham
(Keywords: Attention, Medicine, Merit, Nothing)

What is merit? The opinion one man entertains of another.
- Henry John Temple
(Keywords: Man, Merit, Opinion)

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues
(Keywords: Men, People, Merit, Praise)

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
- Thorstein Veblen
(Keywords: Dancing, Law, Merit, School, University)

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire
(Keywords: Poetry, Merit, Prose, Will, Words)

I don't say tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it.
- Mary Wortley
(Keywords: Man, Merit, World)

A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence.
- Francis Wright
(Keywords: Ideas, Belief, Absence, Merit, Religious)

Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.
- John Zimmerman
(Keywords: Family, Merit, Pride)









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