Dignity Quotes

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By indignities men come to dignities.
Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.
Where is there dignity unless there is also honesty?
Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.
If a man is not ready to risk his life, where is his dignity?


It is base and unworthy to live below the dignity of our nature.
By dignity I mean the absence of ludicrous and debasing associations.
I know of no case where a man added to his dignity by standing on it.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.


Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
It is easier to increase in dignity than to acquire it in the first place.
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses.
Money is a protection, a cloak; it can buy one quiet, and some sort of dignity.


Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.


The dignity of the individual demands that he be not reduced to vassalage by the largess of others.
Dignity was the first quality to be abandoned when the heart took over the running of human affairs.
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

discipline saying no self-respect

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.


Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it, and that it is too much for them.
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
Remember this—that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.
Every man has his dignity.  I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.
When a person or a people sells its dignity or bargains it ... everything else loses consistency and ceases to have worth.
There is not a single violation of the dignity of a woman or man that can be justified in the name of any other thing or idea. Not a single one.
Whatever policy differences people may have with him, we can all agree that he exemplifies reticence, dispassion and the other traits associated with dignity.
All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.

happiness virtue

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities.  Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
All our dignity consists of thought.  It is from there that we must be lifted up and not from space and time, which we could never fill.  So let us work on thinking well.  That is the principle of morality.
Art . . . is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced.  It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden . . . it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
For this is the journey that men make: to find themselves.  If they fail in this, it doesn't matter much what else they find: Money, position, fame, many loves, revenge are all of little consequence, and when the tickets are collected at the end of the ride they are tossed into the bin marked FAILURE.

failure know yourself purpose of life

[George] Washington absorbed, and later came to personify what you might call the dignity code.  The code was based on the same premise as the nation's Constitution—that human beings are flawed creatures who live in constant peril of falling into disasters caused by their own passions.  Artificial systems have to be created to balance and restrain their desires.
Dignity doesn't just mean always being stiff and composed. It means a belief in oneself, that one is worthy of the best. Dignity means that what I have to say is important, and I will say it when it's important for me to say it. Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive. And that I have the responsibiLity to give the best treatment I can to other people.