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.
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
When it shall be known that, at the time which I was accused of wishing to sunder this island from France – my benefactress – I repeated the oath of fidelity to her, I take pleasure in believing that the government I own, and my fellow-citizens, will render me the justice I merit, and that the enemies of my brethren will be reduced to silence.
I was induced to establish several orders of merit, from conviction that emulation, well directed, becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius of some youth is more easily brought into action this way, than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest.
It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.