Merit Quotes

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  • There is merit without elevation, but there is no elevation without some merit.
    o François de La Rochefoucauld

  • Distinguished merit will ever rise to oppression, and will draw lustre from reproach. The vapors which gather round the rising sun, and follow him in his course, seldom fail at the close of it to form a magnificent theatre for his reception, and to invest with variegated tints and with a softened effulgence the luminary which they cannot hide.
    o Robert Hall

  • On their own merits modest men are dumb.
    o George Colman

  • The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem and often confers more reputation than real merit.
    o Jean de La Bruyère

  • The mark of extraordinary merit is to see those most envious of it constrained to praise.
    o François de La Rochefoucauld

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