It is not a merit to tolerate, but rather a crime to be intolerant.
The noble art of losing face may one day save the human race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace.
Perpetual moderness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
He who shares the afflictions of others will merit to behold the comforting of humanity.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.
To be an object of hatred and aversion to their contemporaries has been the usual fate of all those whose merit has raised them above the common level. The man who submits to the shafts of envy for the sake of noble objects pursues a judicious course for his own lasting fame. Hatred dies with its object, while merit soon breaks forth in full splendor, and his glory is handed down to posterity in never-dying strains.
Of all virtues, magnanimity is the rarest. There are a hundred persons of merit for one who willingly acknowledges it in another.
Reputation is... oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; no more; and, by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there's the rub; for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause. There's the respect that makes calamity of so long life; for who would bear the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, the pangs of disprized love, the law's delay, the insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes, when he himself might his quietus make with a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear, to grunt and sweat under a weary life, but that the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence.
Arrogance in persons of merit affronts us more than arrogance in those without merit: merit itself is an affront.
I think there's a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they're not sufficient because markets don't look after social needs.
I could easily make it more obscure, but a song's merit is not complete when all are not partners in it.
We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them.
A beautiful soul has no other merit but it's existence.
I have not yet seen the man in whom I did not discover some merit I do not possess and for which I feel bound to do him honor... I am required to honor everyone I meet.
Do not miss the opportunity of offering even a single drop into the ocean of merit or a grain atop the mountain of the roots of beneficial activity.
None strive to know their proper merit but strain for wisdom, beauty, spirit
And lose the praise that is their due when they've the impossible in view.
A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others.