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- Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
- No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
- Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915)
- Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?
- Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
- The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)
- Dignity comes not from control, but from understanding who you are and taking your rightful place in the world.
- Gordon Atkinson, Real Live Preacher weblog, 05-01-05
- Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
- James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
- Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.
- John Brown
- Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
- One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
- Michael J. Fox (1961 - ), in "Saving Milly" by Morton Kondrake
- Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together.
- Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD)
- Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
- Rabbi Abraham Heschel
- Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
- It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
- There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.
- Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)