139+ Best Honor Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Honor is great respect for someone, or the feeling of pride and pleasure resulting when respect is shown to you. Inspirational honor quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Honor Quotes

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger but it won’t taste good. Joe Paterno

The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die. George R.R. Martin

The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice. George Washington

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. R.J. Palacio

It is not titles that honor men but men that honor titles. Niccolo Machiavelli

My name is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court. Let it be known from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on. His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. I am yours. Julie Kagawa

You can abandon your own body but never let go of your honor. Miyamoto Musashi

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. Garth Stein

A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are. Baltasar Gracian

It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitable lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honorable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind? Emilie Autumn

Keep your families close together, and love and honor your children. Gordon B. Hinckley

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. Abraham Lincoln

I deserve to have boundaries, and my boundaries are respected. I love and honor myself. I am safe. All is well. Louise Hay

It is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge

Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night. George R.R. Martin

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. Bill Bradley

The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you. R.J. Palacio

I found myself wondering about her as I wondered about myself. Who are we really? Are we who we are at our worst, or at our best? Randall Wallace

Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don’t think you can, hold on. James Frey

The ghosts of my heart strolled in. Randall Wallace

A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart. Shannon Alder

I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. Julius Caesar

When you find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stand in front of you when other’s cast stones, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who will hold your hand when your sick, who thinks your pretty without makeup, the one who turns to his friends and say, that’s her, the one that would bear your rejection because losing you means losing his will to live, who kisses you when you screw up, watches the stars and names one for you and will hold and rock that baby for hours so you can sleep you marry him all over again. Shannon Alder

It is always an honor to put on a uniform. Manny Machad

Good men don’t become legends he said quietly. Good men don’t need to become legends. She opened her eyes, looking up at him. They just do what’s right anyway. Brandon Sanderson

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. George W. Bush

You should not honor men more than truth. Plato

Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu

There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness. Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles. Niccolò Machiavelli

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young. Bob Dylan

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert H. Schuller

A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honor. Yet soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose. George R.R. Martin

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall

Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third. Brandon Sanderson

If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. Elbert Hubbard

You wear your honor like a suit of armor. You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move. George R.R. Martin

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Confucius

I will love you even when I am dust on the wind. Nalini Singh

Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue  perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one. Milan Kundera

Honor from death, I snap, is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life. Rae Carson

You have to defend your honor. And your family. Suzanne Vega

The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life. Sigmund Freud

Honor wears different coats to different eyes. Barbara Tuchman

There is no forgiveness. For women. A man may lose his honor and regain it again. But a woman cannot. She cannot. Cormac McCarthy

Honor who you are first and foremost. Self Respect and Integrity will win the day. Julie Orlov

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington

I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty. Summer Altice

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. George Bernard Shaw

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self respect. Marcus Aurelius

We all know that any emotional bias irrespective of truth or falsity can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value. If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction. H.P. Lovecraft

Respect others. Demand respect; don’t allow yourself to be disrespected by anyone. Nicoline Ambe

We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat. John Steinbeck

We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us. Barack Obama

I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it’s due, so that defeat is not disgrace. And I hope I don’t have to do it often. Orson Scott Card

Tolerance is a fundamental character trait of great people and a part of the attitudes and practices of those we admire and respect. John K. Carmack

Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us. Louisa May Alcott

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background. Michael Jordan

The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to respect the woman that gave birth to his children. It is because of her that you have the greatest treasures in your life. You may have moved on, but your children have not. If you can’t be her soulmate, then at least be thoughtful. Whom your children love should always be someone that you acknowledge with kindness. Your children notice everything and will follow your example. Shannon L. Alder

My friend should honor him who honors me. Homer

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash your picture in the paper nor money in the bank either. Just refuse to bear them. William Faulkner

Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always. Arthur Miller

The post of honour is a private station. Joseph Addison

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of  for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates

It’s an honor. Something I really didn’t expect to receive. Reuben Droughns

Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention. Sonia Rumzi

It was a real honor to have our leagues recognized in the stadium. Al Roberts

You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive it was thinking we’d never fight back. Tomi Adeyemi

It’s an honor that should be given to all veterans, regardless of service or combat status. Bruce Perry

When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose. Anne Bishop

That’s the best honor  people who know you as a person who are willing to support you. Brian Bilbray

‎It isn’t enough to stand up and fight darkness. You’ve got to stand apart from it, too. You’ve got to be different from it. Jim Butcher

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. Sophocles

The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present they are real. Lois McMaster Bujold

I thought it was an honor. At first I was nervous, but after a while I got in a groove. Khalid Naziruddin

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. Lois McMaster Bujold

Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention. Sonia Rumzi

Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, forms our true honor. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington

There will be times in your life that you will be challenged to choose between honor and something else. I am asking that you not sacrifice your honor for the sake of acquiring easy things. Idowu Koyenikan

Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don’t think you can, hold on. James Frey

Honor was never taking the easy way when it was also the wrong one. Never telling a falsehood unless the truth was painful and unnecessary, or a lie was necessary to save others. Never manipulating the truth to serve only yourself. Protecting the weak and helpless; standing fast even when fear made you weak. Keeping your word. Mercedes Lackey

You should not honor men more than truth. Plato

My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning. Huey P. Newton

It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles. Niccolò Machiavelli

There’s more to being a warrior than killing. A true warrior the best warrior isn’t cruel or mean. He doesn’t claw an enemy who can’t fight back. Where’s the honor in that? Erin Hunter

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington

I love the name of honor more than I fear death. Julius Cesar

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. George Bernard Shaw

Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life. Amit Ray

Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, forms our true honor. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. William Shakespeare

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates

Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life. Amit Ray

Sleep did not honor me with it’s presence. Alysha Speer

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. William Shakespeare

A man with charm is an entertaining thing, and a man with looks is, ofcourse, a sight to behold, but a man with honor ah, he is the one, dear reader, to which young ladies should flock. Julia Quinn

Honor is the presence of God in man. Pat Conroy

The liar was the hottest to defend his veracity, the coward his courage, the ill bred his gentlemanliness, and the cad his honor. Margaret Mitchell

A man without honor is worse than dead. Miguel de Cervantes

When you are rich and powerful, no one will challenge you to your face or give you a chance to explain yourself. All the whispers are behind your back. You are left with no means of clearing your own name. And after a while you realize there is no point in even attempting to do so. No one wants the truth. All anyone wants is the chance to add more fuel to the fires of gossip. The whispers become so loud that sometimes you think you will drown in them. Amanda Quick

My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism. John Woo

As I love the name of honour more than I fear death. William Shakespeare

All honor to him who shall win the prize, The world has cried for a thousand years; But to him who tries and fails and dies, I give great honor and glory and tears. Joaquin Miller

You always have a choice. Don’t ever imagine you don’t. Whatever you do, it’s a decision and you have to accept responsibility for it. That’s when honor becomes more than empty words. Lynn Flewelling

You are a disgrace, you may look like a bride but you will never give your family honor! Matchmaker

What a man knows hardly matters. It is what he does. Gene Wolfe

Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you; but of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, We did this ourselves. Lao Tzu

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all. Lois McMaster Bujold

I wanted to share my life story and honor my roots. I am very proud of my family and mother. Rocco DiSpirito

We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living. Confucius

Ability without honor is useless. Marcus Tullius Cicero

The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever known. Tomi Adeyemi

If you want to be a hero, you need to have dreams and honor. Angeal Hewley

In all ages the people have honored those who dishonored them. They have worshiped their destroyers; they have canonized the most gigantic liars, and buried the great thieves in marble and gold. Under the loftiest monuments sleeps the dust of murder. Robert G. Ingersoll

Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies. Alexander Pope

Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything. Blaise Pascal

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Lois McMaster

Sometimes we’re loyal to more than one thing. When there’s a conflict, we have to choose which loyalty to honor. Claudia Gray

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill

It is not by being richer or more powerful that a man becomes better; one is a matter of fortune, the other of virtue. Nor should she deem herself other than venal who weds a rich man rather than a poor, and desires more things in her husband than himself. Assuredly, whomsoever this concupiscence leads into marriage deserves payment rather than affection. Héloïse

We treat people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you. Mary Kay Ash

Honor is the presence of God in man. Pat Conroy

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. Walt Whitman

I have been chosen and trained to carry the gift of the gods for the good and protection of the people, and against all enemies of the clan, no matter their strength or numbers. I join myself to the fellowship of jade warriors, freely and with my whole being, and I will call them my brothers in arms. Should I ever be disloyal to my brother, may I die by the blade. Should I ever fail to come to the aid of my brother, may I die by the blade. Should I ever seek personal gain at the expense of my brother, may I die by the blade. Under the eyes of all the gods in Heaven, I pledge this. On my honor, my life, and my jade. Fonda Lee

Honor is simply the morality of superior men. H.L. Mencken

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. Thomas Jefferson

I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor. Ira Hayes

You are well aware that it is not numbers or strength that bring the victories in war. No, it is when one side goes against the enemy with the gods gift of a stronger morale that their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them. I have noticed this point too, my friends, that in soldiering the people whose one aim is to keep alive usually find a wretched and dishonorable death, while the people who, realizing that death is the common lot of all men, make it their endeavour to die with honour, somehow seem more often to reach old age and to have a happier life when they are alive. These are facts which you too should realize our situation demands it and should show that you yourselves are brave men and should call on the rest to do likewise. Xenophon

Keep your word. Honor commitments and they will double back to honor you. Bill Rancic

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates. Ernest Hemingway

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership. James Cash Penney