Quotes and Sayings about Dignity
"We treated all of the dead with dignity."
- Harry Anderson
"In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Religion, Life, Awareness, Dignity, Mission, Nations, Race, United, Will)
"As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity."
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Related: Time, People, Country, Dignity, Help, Misery, Poverty, Suffering, Today, Tomorrow)
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."
(Related: Life, Accidents, Circumstances, Dignity, Grace, Man)
"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them."
"We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Friendship, Dignity, Enemy)
"The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Wisdom, Love, Father, Son, God, Dignity, Eyes)
"A penumbra of somber dignity has descended over his reputation."
- James Atlas
(Related: Dignity, Reputation)
"It comes down to the way you treat people. When you treat people with dignity and respect all the time, you can work through anything."
- John Bacon
(Related: Work, Time, People, Dignity, Respect)
"Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Morality, Dignity, Freedom)
"To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Life, Dignity, Instinct, Vitality)
"But, gentlemen, can any of us say that as a result of such overwhelming sacrifices of money, of men, of ideals, and of civil dignity the sense of security has indeed been attained?"
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Related: Men, Money, Dignity, Gentlemen, Ideals, Result, Security, Sense)
"The U.S. military has done a phenomenal job of creating these facilities almost over-night and dealing with these sworn enemies of America with more respect and dignity than they ever would have considered according our officers had they captured any."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: America, Dignity, Enemies, Job, Military, Respect)
"And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Dignity, Discrimination, Rights, Practice)
"The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual."
- Edward Bellamy
(Related: Democracy, Dignity, Worth)
"Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love."
- Jose Bergamin
(Related: Dignity, Man, Pride, Self, Woman)
"The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress."
- Benazir Bhutto
(Related: Government, Peace, People, Opportunity, Progress, Dignity, Security)
"The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity."
- Steven Biko
(Related: Consciousness, Country, Dignity, Man, Value)
"We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!"
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Related: Life, Class, Dignity, Question, Right, Style)
"I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Courage, Dignity, May, State)
"A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: People, Dignity)
"Human dignity is independent of national borders. We must always defend the interests of the poor and the persecuted in other countries."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: Countries, Dignity, Poor)
"Terrorism is contempt for human dignity."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: Contempt, Dignity, Terrorism)
"So what we're talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality."
(Related: Equality, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Talking)
"More than anything, I think as our country matures, we recognize that women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Women, Country, Dignity, Respect)
"The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end."
- William J. Brennan
(Related: Dignity, End, Freedom, Rights, Man, Quest, Will)
"There will always be a place for us somewhere, somehow, as long as we see to it that working people fight for everything they have, everything they hope to get, for dignity, equality, democracy, to oppose war and to bring to the world a better life."
- Harry Bridges
(Related: Life, War, Equality, People, Hope, Democracy, Dignity, Fight, Will, World)
"Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Medical, Food, Failure, American, Care, Dignity, Income, Jobs, Production, Talking, Welfare)
"For the sake of our interests, as well as of our honour and dignity, we were obliged to see that we won for our international policy the same independence that we had secured for our European policy."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Policy, Dignity, Independence)
"Dignity belongs to the conquered."
- Kenneth Burke
"America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Peace, America, Beliefs, Desire, Dignity, Rights, Man, Mission, Nation, Woman)
"I would like to be Maria, but there is La Callas who demands that I carry myself with her dignity."
- Maria Callas
"Wherever on this planet ideals of personal freedom and dignity apply, there you will find the cultural inheritance of England."
- Karel Capek
(Related: Dignity, EnglFreedom, Ideals, Inheritance, Will)
"Whose rights will we acknowledge? Whose human dignity will we respect? For whose well-being will we, as a people, assume responsibility?"
- Robert Casey
(Related: People, Dignity, Rights, Respect, Responsibility, Will)
"Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Dignity, Religious, Respect, Traditions, United)
"The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep."
- Marc Chagall
(Related: Artist, Dignity, Duty, Lies, Sense, Sleep, Wonder, World)
"It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Quality, Knowledge, Dignity, Mind, Quantity)
"From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength."
- Cesar Chavez
(Related: Work, People, Strength, Despair, Dignity, Needs, Problems)
"It is my hope and my belief that you will be able to report that I died with dignity, without animal fear and without bravado. I owe that much to myself."
- Caryl Chessman
(Related: Fear, Belief, Hope, Dignity, Will)
"All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable."
- Paul Claudel
(Related: Dignity, Expression, Meaning, Symbol)
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil."
- Grover Cleveland
(Related: American, Dignity, Fact, Honor, Labor, Lies, Sentiment)
"Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes."
- Tom Cochrane
(Related: Life, Failure, Betrayal, Compromise, Dignity, Integrity, Tragedy)
"To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Contempt, Dignity, Forget)
"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Dignity, Independence, Living)
"I think sometimes people project things on you, but I'm trying to handle everything that's happened to me with a certain amount of grace, dignity and good manners. You just can't necessarily win all the time."
- Katie Couric
(Related: Time, People, Dignity, Grace, Manners, Project, Trying)
"Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again."
- Noel Coward
(Related: Love, Peace, Courage, Greatness, Hope, Country, Day, Dignity, Gallantry, Heaven, Hell, Spirit, Will)
"What is called for is dignity. We need to set an example."
- Kenny Dalglish
(Related: Dignity, Example)
"All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty. That they retain the capacity for self-government. That, addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Faith, Men, Women, People, God, Americans, Dignity, Enemy, Liberty, Self, Will)
"There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Dignity, Nothing)
"Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity."
- Charles G. Dawes
(Related: Dignity, Mediocrity)
"The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity."
- Ruby Dee
(Related: Beauty, Courage, Strength, Dignity, Want)
"Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: People, Dignity, Holiness, Questions)
"Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Dignity, Discretion, Forget, Man)
"We believe in the dignity of every life, the possibility of every mind, the divinity of every soul. This is our true North."
- Elizabeth Dole
(Related: Life, Soul, Possibility, Dignity, Divinity, Mind)
"I still when I wake up hit the ground running; and having an illness, I'm only one of hundreds of thousands of people that live with an illness, and I'm just in awe of the bravery and dignity of the people I see at the hospital."
- Karen Duffy
(Related: People, Bravery, Dignity, Illness, Running)
"Relationships based on obligation lack dignity."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Dignity, Obligation, Relationships)
"I will for ever, at all hazards, assert the dignity, independence, and integrity of the English bar; without which, impartial justice, the most valuable part of the English constitution, can have no existence."
- Thomas Erskine
(Related: Constitution, Dignity, English, Existence, Independence, Integrity, Justice, Will)
"Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn't vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: People, Dignity, Vote, Voting)
"Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement."
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(Related: Possibility, Dignity, Humanity, Improvement, Loss, May, Possessions)
"My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world where lesbian and gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom, dignity, and respect."
- John Fisher
(Related: People, Dignity, Freedom, Gay, Lesbian, Mission, Respect, World)
"At the same time, I was listening to black music, and I began to think that the best musicians were receiving the worst treatment. The people who were doing the greatest work were despised as lower class, with no dignity accorded to what they did."
- Henry Flynt
(Related: Work, Music, Time, People, Class, Dignity, Listening, Musicians, Treatment)
"At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Books, Dignity, Fire, Night)
"I have, in some ways, saved characters that have been marginalized by society by playing them - and having them still have dignity and still survive, still get through it."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Society, Dignity)
"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: Dignity, May)
"There's no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States."
- Vicente Fox
(Related: Men, Women, Work, Willpower, Dignity, Doubt, states, United, Want)
"Dignity: the doomed man's final refuge."
- Max Frisch
"The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Culture, Dignity, World)
"That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque."
- Helen Garner
(Related: Hope, Dignity)
"Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him."
- Romain Gary
(Related: Humor, Superiority, Affirmation, Dignity, Man)
"Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Science, Dignity, Solution)
"Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
(Related: Music, Life, Dignity, Effect)
"The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Change, Life, Being, Dignity, End, Liberty, Man, Right)
"After a lifetime of working, raising families, and contributing to the success of this nation in countless other ways, senior citizens deserve to retire with dignity."
- Charlie Gonzalez
(Related: Success, Dignity, Nation)
"A people must have dignity and identity."
- Andrew Goodman
(Related: People, Dignity, Identity)
"Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Dignity, Office)
"This is our lives. The way to give it dignity is to tell the truth."
- Lee Grant
(Related: Truth, Dignity)
"Ray had so much love of life and the music. He had so much integrity. He treated the music with so much dignity and respect. I spent four and a half years as a sideman with Ray Brown's trio. Music was his life, more so than anyone I could mention."
- Benny Green
(Related: Life, Love, Music, Dignity, Integrity, Respect, Years)
"I want to work on respecting individuals' dignity. Equal rights, that's where my heart is. That means equal rights and benefits, and that's what we need."
- Christine Gregoire
(Related: Work, Heart, Benefits, Dignity, Rights, Want)
"Dignity is not negotiable. Dignity is the honor of the family."
- Vartan Gregorian
(Related: Family, Dignity, Honor)
"A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity."
- George Grenville
(Related: Government, Dignity, Temper)
"I left the room with silent dignity, but caught my foot in the mat."
- George Grossmith
"The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Dignity, Indifference)
"Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Peace, People, Values, Dignity, Followers, Respect, Tolerance)
"There is only one terminal dignity - love."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Love, Dignity)
"The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Love, Truth, Dignity, Eternity)
"We had people of all backgrounds coming together - all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility."
- Dorothy Height
(Related: Life, People, Caring, Colors, Dignity, Feeling, Quiet, Responsibility, Sense)
"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Being, Dignity, May, Water, Writer, Writing)
"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Related: Discipline, Ability, Dignity, Self, Sense)
"When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out."
- Abbie Hoffman
(Related: Men, Dignity, Repression)
"Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Dignity, Freedom, Open, Spirit)
"A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it."
- Victor Hugo
"In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty."
- Claudio Hummes
(Related: Development, Church, Dignity, Effort, Favors, Rights, Liberty, Personality, Today)
"Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Country, Dignity, Importance, Office)
"Dignity does not float down from heaven it cannot be purchased nor manufactured. It is a reward reserved for those who labor with diligence."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Dignity, Diligence, Heaven, Labor, Reward)
"There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble."
- Washington Irving
"I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: American, Dignity, Pride, Race)
"It slaps your dignity just right. I loved the idea of these proud, dignified black men, and I saw the older ones wounded, and it wounded me ten times as much because I couldn't stand seeing them hurt like this."
- Quincy Jones
(Related: Men, Idea, Dignity, Hurt, Right)
"It's up to us to take pop culture back and to express quality and dignity for both boys and girls."
- Ashley Judd
(Related: Quality, Boys, Culture, Dignity, Girls)
"By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Lie, Dignity, Man)
"Education can give you a skill, but a liberal education can give you dignity."
- Ellen Key
(Related: Education, Dignity, Liberal, Skill)
"The honor of about 30 million votes remains with the Iranian nation and no enemy scheme would take away this dignity and honor from the Iranian nation."
- Ayatollah Khamenei
(Related: Dignity, Enemy, Honor, Nation)
"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood."
- Coretta Scott King
(Related: People, Bigotry, Dignity, Humanity, Racism)
"He worked for the day when all people would be clothed in dignity."
- Don King
(Related: People, Day, Dignity)
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Dignity, Excellence, Humanity, Importance, Labor)
"I think that it's always appropriate for Americans and for American foreign policy to make clear why we feel that self-government is most compatible with peace, the well-being of people, and human dignity."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Peace, People, Policy, American, Americans, Dignity, Foreign policy, Self)
"Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny."
- Ronald Knox
(Related: Funny, Dignity, Man)
"Watching a person lose their dignity used to be uncomfortable, and now it's an expected part of the program that we're becoming comfortable with."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Dignity, Now)
"There has been enough suffering in our country, there has been enough of children whose dreams die before they have a chance to grow and there has been enough of our elders who, having served their nation, are forced into indignity in their old age."
- John Agyekum Kufuor
(Related: Age, Dreams, Chance, Children, Country, Nation, Old, Suffering)
"That means that every human being - without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin - possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Age, Religion, Sex, Being, Dignity, Language, Race, Skin)
"The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Life, Aspirations, Democracy, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Struggle)
"Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity."
- Greg Lake
"The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor."
- T. E. Lawrence
(Related: People, Dignity, England, Honor, Will)
"Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere."
- Flora Lewis
(Related: Religion, Democracy, Dignity, Freedom, May, Philosophy)
"I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: History, Life, Dignity, English, Succeed)
"The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity."
- Archibald MacLeish
(Related: Business, Life, Time, Possibility, Confusion, Dignity, Law, Order, Sense)
"Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man."
- Archibald MacLeish
(Related: Dignity, Freedom, Man, Right)
"Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity."
- William Manchester
(Related: Age, Men, Country, Dignity, Fight, Glory)
"Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity."
- Imelda Marcos
(Related: Life, Family, Comfort, Country, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Justice)
"Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Men, Action, Greatness, Deeds, Dignity, Famous, Talk)
"To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful, to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle to attempt what is difficult, is to strip talent of its dignity."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Talent, Dignity)
"An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be."
- Steve Martin
(Related: Apology, Dignity, Gentleman, Wrong)
"Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes."
- George Mason
(Related: Nature, Idea, Dignity, Man)
"True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn."
- Philip Massinger
"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
(Related: Work, Wealth, Dignity)
"Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity."
- Rollo May
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Life, Goal, Being, Dignity, Emotion, Identity, Joy, Worth)
"A fact must be assimilated with, or discriminated fromm, some other fact or facts, in order to be raised to the dignity of a truth, and made to convey the least knowledge to the mind."
- Henry Mayhew
(Related: Truth, Knowledge, Dignity, Fact, Facts, Mind, Order)
"When will the day come that our dignity will be fully restored, when the purpose of our lives will no longer be merely to survive until the sun rises tomorrow!"
- Thabo Mbeki
(Related: Purpose, Day, Dignity, Sun, Will)
"There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals."
- Herman Melville
(Related: Democracy, Dignity, Hell, Wickedness)
"They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure."
- Herman Melville
(Related: Work, Dignity, Leisure, Talk)
"Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Age, Lie, Dignity)
"If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life."
- James A. Michener
(Related: Life, Dignity, Man)
"What is the natural reaction when told you have a hopeless mental illness? That diagnosis does you in; that, and the humiliation of being there. I mean, the indignity you're subjected to. My God."
- Kate Millett
(Related: God, Being, Illness)
"Because we should always respect other nationalities, I have always tried to play them with dignity."
- Ricardo Montalban
(Related: Dignity, Play, Respect)
"The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Love, Dignity, Liberty, Sense)
"Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Dignity, Presidency)
"America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Progress, Islam, America, Competition, Dignity, Justice, Principles, Tolerance)
"If a person goes to his job with a firm determination to give of himself the best of which he is capable, that job no matter what it is takes on dignity and importance."
- Hortense Odlum
(Related: Determination, Dignity, Importance, Job)
"Love and dignity cannot share the same abode."
(Related: Love, Dignity)
"I see a New York where people who are down on their luck can get back on the road to responsibility, a job and dignity."
- Carl Paladino
(Related: People, Dignity, Job, Luck, Responsibility, Road)
"For us democracy is a question of human dignity. And human dignity is political freedom."
- Olof Palme
(Related: Democracy, Dignity, Freedom, Question)
"Well, on the one hand the Turks have the legitimate need to defend their national dignity - and this includes being recognized as a part of the west and Europe."
- Orhan Pamuk
(Related: Being, Dignity, Europe)
"The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Church, Celibacy, Christ, Dignity, Duty, Expression, Maturity, Proof, Vow, Word)
"It is impossible to forget the sense of dignity which marks the hour when one becomes a wage-earner... I felt that I had suddenly acquired value to myself, to my family, and to the world."
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
(Related: Family, Dignity, Forget, Sense, Value, Wage, World)
"Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart."
- Luigi Pirandello
(Related: Men, Heart, Dignity)
"Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Knowledge, Dignity)
"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
- Max de Pree
(Related: Ideas, Dignity, Diversity, Exercise, Healing, Joy, May, Space)
"Allowing our government to kill citizens compromises the deepest moral values upon which this country was conceived: the inviolable dignity of human persons."
- Helen Prejean
(Related: Government, Values, Country, Dignity)
"We continue to fight for good jobs that pay well and jobs that last. Helping to get folks back to work is about helping them to regain their dignity and pride. That's what families care about."
- Jodi Rell
(Related: Work, Care, Dignity, Fight, Jobs, Pride)
"I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Dignity, Labor, Living, Man, World)
"Means must be subsidiary to ends and to our desire for dignity and value."
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(Related: Desire, Dignity, Value)
"I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Music, Dignity, Fact, Jazz, Musicians)
"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him."
- Bayard Rustin
(Related: Society, Act, Being, Dignity, Protest)
"Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself."
- George Santayana
(Related: Dignity, Man)
"To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography."
- George Santayana
(Related: Soul, Geography)
"The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity."
- George Santayana
(Related: Imagination, Dignity, End, Importance, Measure, Reality)
"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."
- George Santayana
(Related: Religion, Courage, Dignity, Grace, Humility, Man)
"My dignity and good television - they'll never meet."
- Adam Savage
(Related: Dignity, Television)
"There is no dignity in television."
- Adam Savage
(Related: Dignity, Television)
"Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage."
- Laura Schlessinger
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Life, Ideas, Courage, Values, Dignity, Honor, Meaning, Pride, Principles, Temptations)
"Very few fighters get the consideration of racehorses, which are put out to pasture to grow old with dignity and comfort when they haven't got it anymore."
- Budd Schulberg
(Related: Comfort, Consideration, Dignity, Old)
"The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity."
- Frank Serpico
(Related: Children, Corruption, Dignity, End, Fight, Friends, Justice, Self, Will, Worth)
"If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity."
- William Shatner
(Related: Dignity, Fool)
"Do we talk about the dignity of work? Do we give our students any reason for believing it is worthwhile to sacrifice for their work because such sacrifices improve the psychological and mental health of the person who makes them?"
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Health, Work, Sacrifice, Dignity, Mental health, Reason, Students, Talk)
"My voice had a long, nonstop career. It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do. It can't."
- Beverly Sills
(Related: Bed, Career, Dignity, Quiet, Voice)
"John the Baptist was supposed to point the way to the Christ. He was just the voice, not the Messiah. So everybody's calling has dignity to it and God seems to know better than we do what is in us that needs to be called forth."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: God, Christ, Dignity, Needs, Voice)
"I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Marriage, Inspiration, Dignity, Harmony, Joy, Man, Maturity, Measure, Pleasure, Style, Woman)
"I think that anything that begins to give people a sense of their own worth and dignity is God."
- John Shelby Spong
(Related: God, People, Dignity, Sense, Worth)
"Social Security is not just the foundation of America's retirement dignity and security, it ensures the economic stability and strength of our families and our state's economy."
- Debbie Stabenow
(Related: Strength, America, Dignity, Economy, Retirement, Security, Stability, State)
"I don't want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment."
- Dorothy Stang
(Related: Life, Work, Battle, Dignity, Environment, Land, Protection, Right, Want)
"The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Idea, Office)
"The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal that you can gather votes like box tops is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Idea, Office)
"Peter Townshend shows us it's all right to grow up. There is dignity after rock'n'roll."
(Related: Dignity, Right)
"Well, I think when we can turn to the person sitting next to us and really see them with kindness and see ourselves reflected back - when there's some dignity and compassion traveling back and forth."
- Sharon Stone
(Related: Compassion, Dignity, Kindness, Traveling)
"Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity."
- Anne Sophie Swetchine
(Related: Dignity, Enemy, Vanity)
"For the next century, the Republicans have agreed that we will promote the dignity and future of every individual by building a free society under a limited, accountable government that protects liberty, security and prosperity for a brighter American dream."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Government, Society, Dream, American, Building, Dignity, Future, Liberty, Prosperity, Republicans, Security, Will)
"The door of conciliation and compromise is finally closed by our adversaries, and it remains only to us to meet the conflict with the dignity and firmness of men worthy of freedom."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Men, Compromise, Conflict, Dignity, Firmness, Freedom)
"Thresholds of pain, indignity and incapacity are entirely personal."
- Polly Toynbee
"Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations."
- Samuel Ullman
(Related: Feelings, Ability, Act, Dignity, Maturity, Measure, Spiritual)
"Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister."
- Thorstein Veblen
(Related: Work, Sister, Brother, Dignity, Joy, Labor, Pride, Respect, Sense)
"Freeing hostages is like putting up a stage set, which you do with the captors, agreeing on each piece as you slowly put it together; then you leave an exit through which both the captor and the captive can walk with sincerity and dignity."
- Terry Waite
(Related: Dignity, Sincerity)
"The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Truth, People, Strength, Conscience, Dignity, Harmony, Nation, Solidarity, Workers)
"This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978, to the Free Trade Unions - formed by a group of courageous and dedicated people who came out in the defense of the workers' rights and dignity."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: People, Conviction, Defense, Dignity, Rights, Summer, Trade, Workers)
"The defense of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Defense, Dignity, Feeling, Rights, Hatred, Road)
"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
(Related: Dignity, Race, Writing)
"I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Leadership, Power, Development, Community, Dignity, Self)
"Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important."
- Mae West
(Related: Censorship, Dignity, Now, Right, Saying)
"Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Home, Time, Work, Attention, Children, Class, Day, Dignity, Heroes, Quiet)
"Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Life, Dignity, Importance, Question)
"Too many security officers live day to day. They just want to be treated with dignity."
- John Wilson
(Related: Day, Dignity, Security, Want)
"It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Time, Dignity, Effect, Revolution, Manners, Morals)
"The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this."
- William Wordsworth
(Related: Beauty, Perception, Dignity, Excitement, Mind)
"The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Men, Peace, Belief, Greatness, Ability, Beliefs, Cooperation, Dedication, Dignity, Humanity, Living, Symbol, Trade, World)
"When boasting ends, there dignity begins."
- Owen D. Young