I realized that conservatism was the philosophy that best suited me, with its emphasis on individual liberty, personal responsibility, and merit.
Though why should we expect age to mellow us? If it isn't life's business to reward merit, why should it be life's business to give us warm, comfortable feelings towards its end? What possible evolutionary purpose could nostalgia serve?
The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.
Beware of those who criticize you when you deserve some praise for an achievement, for it is they who secretly desire to be worshiped.
In my experience and observation, senior appointments are rarely based entirely on merit.
Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.
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.
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
What I like least is dealing with publishers who simply don't want collaborations regardless of their merit.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
Evidently the merit depends on the result of the work.
Legal immigration should emphasize merit and meeting the needs of the U.S., including specific unmet workforce needs.
It's hard to judge literary merit.
We're moving away from a credentialed society to a merit society.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.