'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.
Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman
Here is a field open for talent; and here, merit will a have certain favor, and industry is graced with its due reward.
Author: Claudius (10 BC-AD 54)
Profession: Roman Emperor
We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.
Author: Doug Horton
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
Author: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)
Profession: British Poet, Essayist
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Profession: German Philosopher
What is merit? The opinion one man entertains of another.
Author: Lord Palmerston (1784-1865)
Profession: British Politician, Prime Minister
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
Author: Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)
Profession: Italian Poet, Humanist
Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator
Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.
Speak little and well if you wish to be esteemed a person of merit.
Author: French Proverb
Profession: Sayings of French Origin
Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.
Author: Charles Maurice De Talleyrand (1754-1838)
Profession: French Statesman