Nicolas Boileau-DespreauxNicolas Boileau-Despreaux, (1636-1711) French poet and critic, often known simply as Boileau

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quote

“Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.”

Nicolas Boileau-DespreauxNicolas Boileau-Despreaux
~ Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Ratings and Comments

Jesi, New Bern, NC

I agree with this quote fore the fact that, stepping off that island is a mistake you can not change. Honor (honesty) is something you cant seem to come across so easily. It has never been easy to find because in most people they stepped off the island long ago and once you leave you cant return. You can make a voyage to a new island to regain yourself ,but you can not maintain on the island where you defer in a disapproving manner.

Ronw13, Oregon

We see honor bestowed upon corruption, and honesty scorned among the corrupt. honesty for vain glory receives no honor. Therefore the humble honest servant, sometimes, receives honor. The quote is a false statement. Honor, ( Timao, to fix a valuation upon, to value.) Christ was "valued" at thirty pieces of silver. Children are to honor their parents. The duty of all to "honor" the Son equally with the Father. ' Let us walk "honestly" as in the day." Romans 13:13, ( euschemonos, honestly, denotes gracefully, becomingly in a seemly manner. in contrast to the shamefulness of social life. The contrast is to idleness and its concomitant evils and the resulting bad testimony to unbelievers. Such is socialism and its misdirection of the whole truth, brain washing, through corrupt indoctrination of false teachings.

E Archer, NYC

Thus atonement and forgiveness balance the equation. I learn through making mistakes. To prevent me from making mistakes is to prevent me from growing up and being responsible. The return to that shore is possible, if the lesson is learned -- if not, smashed upon the rocks.


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