Merit

Merit is a word which denotes worth, and desirable qualities, traits or abilities of persons, places or things.

QuotesEdit

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He who thinks to be justified by any strength or merit of his own, and not by faith, puts himself in the place of God.
    • William Farel, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 409.
  • Merit is a work for the sake of which Christ gives rewards. But no such work is to be found, for Christ gives by promise. Just as if a prince should say to me, "Come to me in my castle, and I will give you a hundred florins." I do a work, certainly, in going to the castle, but the gift is not given me as the reward of my work in going, but because the prince promised it to me.
    • Martin Luther, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 409.
  • A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.
  • The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem and often confers more reputation than real merit.
    • Also translated as: "The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than real brilliancy."
    • François de La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 162.
  • Le monde récompense plus souvent les apparences de mérite que le mérite même.
    • The world oftener rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 166.
  • Il y a du mérite sans élévation mais il n'y a point d'élévation sans quelque mérite.
    • There is merit without elevation, but there is no elevation without some merit.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 400.
    • Also translated as: "There may be talent without position, but there is no position without some kind of talent".
  • We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 510-11.
  • It sounds like stories from the land of spirits,
    If any man obtain that which he merits,
    Or any merit that which he obtains.
  • La faveur des princes n'exclut pas le mérite, et ne le suppose pas aussi.
    • The favor of princes does not preclude the existence of merit, and yet does not prove that it exists.
    • Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, XII.
  • Du même fonds dont on néglige un homme de mérite l'on sait encore admirer un sot.
    • The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool.
    • Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, XII.
  • Le mérite des hommes a sa saison aussi bien que les fruits.
  • Virtute ambire oportet, non favitoribus.
    Sat habet favitorum semper, qui recte facit.
    • We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough.
    • Plautus, Amphitruo, Prologue, LXXVIII.
  • The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.

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