Merit Quotes

Most popular merit quotes

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

cynical appearances

Praises from an enemy imply real merit.

proverbs praise enemies

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.

charm

Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.
"Elitism" is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.

mediocrity

True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.

fortune

Merit and knowledge will not gain hearts, though they will secure them when gained.
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.

charm beauty

You see, my good wenches, how men of merit are sought after. The undeserver may sleep, when the man of action is called on.