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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise - and to the best in benefits and medical care.
Immediately after 11 September, the U.S. closed down the Somali charitable network Al-Barakaat on grounds that it was financing terror. This achievement was hailed one of the great successes of the 'war on terror.' In contrast, Washington's withdrawal of its charges as without merit a year later aroused little notice.
In K-12, almost everybody goes to local schools. Universities are a bit different because kids actually do pick the university. The bizarre thing, though, is that the merit of university is actually how good the students going in are: the SAT scores of the kids going in.
If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family.
God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
How vain, without the merit, is the name.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
The unions say 'last hired - first fired,', we say hire and fire based on merit. We want the best and brightest in the classroom.
In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
Stephen Jay Gould
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.
James Russell Lowell
A man of merit owes himself to the homage of the rest of mankind who recognize his worth.
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
I urge the enactment of a civil service law so explicit and so strong that no partisan official will dare evade it, basing all rewards, promotions and salaries solely on merit, on loyalty and industry in the public service.
Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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