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The favor of princes does not preclude the existence of merit, and yet does not prove that it exists. [Fr., La faveur des princes n'exclut pas le merite, et ne le suppose pas aussi.]

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: Les Caracteres (XII)

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We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough. [Lat., Virtute ambire oportet, non favitoribus. Sat habet favitorum semper, qui recte facit.]

Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) Quotes , Source: Amphitruo--Prologue (LXXVIII)

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The more merit, the less affection

Baltasar Gracian Quotes

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He who sows the ground with care and diligence acquires a greater stock of religious merit than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers

Zoroaster Quotes

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If you wish in this world to advance your merits you're bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven't a chance.

William S. Gilbert Quotes

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He merits no thanks who does a kindness for his own ends

François de la Rochefoucauld Quotes

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Merit is much more cheaply acknowledged than rewarded

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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Thy father's merit sets thee up to view, And shows thee in the fairest point of light, To make thy virtues, or thy faults, conspicuous.

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: Cato (act I, sc. 2)

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View the whole scene, with critic judgment scan, And then deny him merit if you can. Where he falls short, 'tis Nature's fault alone Where he succeeds, the merit's all his own.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Rosciad (l. 1,023)

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It sounds like stories from the land of spirits, If any man obtain that which he merits, Or any merit that which he obtains.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Complaint

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On their own merits modest men are dumb.

George Colman ("The Younger") Quotes , Source: Epilogue to The Heir-at-Law

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The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool. [Fr., Du meme fonds dont on neglige un homme de merite l'on sait encore admirer un sot.]

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: Les Caracteres (XII)

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The world rewards the appearance of merit oftener than merit itself. [Fr., Le monde recompense plus souvent les apparences de merite que le merite meme.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (166)

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There is a season for man's merit as well as for fruit. [Fr., Le merite des hommes a sa saison aussi bien que les fruits.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (291)

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There is merit without elevation, but there is no elevation without some merit. [Fr., Il y a du merite sans elevation mais il n'y a point d'elevation sans quelque merite.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (401)

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By merit raised To that bad eminence.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 5)

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The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.

Francis Quarles Quotes , Source: Emblems (bk. II, em. 1)

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For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th' unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)

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Surely, sir, There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends; For, being not propped by ancestry, whose grace Chalks successors their way, nor called upon For high feats done to th' crown, neither allied To eminent assistants, but spiderlike Out of his self-drawing web, 'a gives us note, The force of his own merit makes his way, A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys A place next to the king.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Norfolk at I, i)

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The world more often rewards the appearances of merit than merit itself.

François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them.

Jean Toomer Quotes

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Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.

Alexander Pope Quotes

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Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

William Shakespeare Quotes

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They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.

Pietro Aretino Quotes

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Speak little and well if you wish to be esteemed a person of merit.

French Proverb Quotes

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