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Dignity Quotes

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Dignity belongs to the conquered.

Author: Kenneth Burke (1897-1995)

Profession: American Literary Critic

Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.

Author: Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Profession: French Philosopher

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.

Author: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Profession: American Anarchist

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.

Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Profession: American Author

Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.

Author: Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

Profession: British Scholar, Priest

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.

Author: Philip Massinger (1583-1640)

Profession: British Dramatist

Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.

Author: Robert Maynard


If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.

Author: James A. Michener (1907)

Profession: American Writer

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.

Author: Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

Profession: Italian Author, Playwright

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

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.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator