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Merit Quotes

'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.

Author: Proverb


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