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.
It is truly not the merit of the school if we do not come out selfish. Each sort of corresponding pride and every wind of covetousness, eagerness for office, mechanical and servile officiousness, hypocrisy, etc., is bound as much with extensive knowledge as with elegant, classical education, and since this whole instruction exercises no influence of any sort on our ethical behavior, it thus frequently falls to the fate of being forgotten in the same measure as it is not used: one shakes off the dust of the school.
Those undertaking hardships for the Dharma’s sake build up merit far too great to tell.
Those who inspire others to take up this call, their kindness stretches far too far to tell.
For those who hear of this austere way to live, blessings gather far too high to pile.
To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend. There is no merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.
Good merit shall be stored for you for your good thoughts; what is in store for me is one who waits his trial and proves his innocence. Farewell.
Know! You need to judge every person favorably, even someone who is completely wicked, you need to search and find any little bit of good. By finding in him a little good and judging him favorably you actually bring him over to the side of merit and you can return him in teshuva.
Hear, my son, the instruction of your father and don't forsake the teaching of your mother (Mishlei 1:8). Get into the habit of always speaking calmly to everyone. This will prevent you from anger, a serious character flaw which causes people to sin... Once you have distanced yourself from anger, the quality of humility will enter your heart.This radiant quality is the finest of all admirable traits... so that you will succeed in all your ways. Thus you will succeed and merit the World to Come which lies hidden away for the righteous.
Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.