We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from proclaiming its wares and their merits, and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed. The enemies of advertising are the enemies of freedom.
The more merit, the less affection
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
He who sows the ground with care and diligence acquires a greater stock of religious merit than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
He merits no thanks who does a kindness for his own ends
Merit is much more cheaply acknowledged than rewarded
Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
The oak has long been an enduring and mighty tree. It is truly a part of our national heritage and it merits the formal distinction of America's National Tree.