„The lucky man is honored...
But earnest striving wins no praise at all.“

—  Teógnis Mégara, Lines 169-170, as translated by Dorothea Wender.
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„The young man should be praised, honored, and made immortal.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
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„The winning of honor, is but the revealing of a man's virtue and worth, without disadvantage.“

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„Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Context: Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs. 273:9; translation from: The works of Saint Augustine, John E. Rotelle, New City Press, p. 21. http://books.google.com/books?id=13HYAAAAMAAJ&q=%22venerate+the+martyrs,+praise,+love,+proclaim,+honor+them%22&dq=%22venerate+the+martyrs,+praise,+love,+proclaim,+honor+them%22&hl=en&ei=8MJkTejQMISdlgeq0aGrBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAQ

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„Your honor, your name, your praise will live forever.“

—  Virgil Ancient Roman poet -70 - -19 a.C.
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„A man's honest, earnest opinion is the most precious of all he possesses: let him communicate this, if he is to communicate anything.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Context: A man's honest, earnest opinion is the most precious of all he possesses: let him communicate this, if he is to communicate anything. There is, doubtless a time to speak, and a time to keep silence; yet Fontenelle's celebrated aphorism, I might have my hand full of truth, and would open only my little finger, may be practiced to excess, and the little finger itself kept closed. That reserve, and knowing silence, long so universal among us, is less the fruit of active benevolence, of philosophic tolerance, than of indifference and weak conviction. Honest Scepticism, honest Atheism, is better than that withered lifeless Dilettantism and amateur Eclecticism, which merely toys with all opinions; or than that wicked Machiavelism, which in thought denying every thing, except that Power is Power, in words, for its own wise purposes, loudly believes every thing: of both which miserable habitudes the day, even in England, is wellnigh over. Review of Historic Survey of German Poetry, interspersed with Various Translations by W. Taylor, in The Edinburgh Review Vol. LIII (1831), p. 178.

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„Words like virtue, nobility, honor, honesty, generosity, have become almost impossible to use or else they have acquired bastard meanings; language is no longer equipped for legitimately praising a man’s character.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Context: Such words as spontaneity, sincerity, gratuitousness, richness, enrichment — words which imply an almost total indifference to contrasts of value — have come more often from their [the surrealists’] pens than words which contain a reference to good and evil. Moreover, this latter class of words has become degraded, especially those which refer to the good, as Valéry remarked some years ago. Words like virtue, nobility, honor, honesty, generosity, have become almost impossible to use or else they have acquired bastard meanings; language is no longer equipped for legitimately praising a man’s character. “The responsibility of writers,” p. 168

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„Man as man can never know God: His wishing, seeking, and striving are all in vain.“

—  Karl Barth Swiss Protestant theologian 1886 - 1968
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