you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain
/juː ˈiːðɚ dˈaɪ ɐ hˈiəɹoʊ ɔːɹ lˈaɪv lˈɑːŋ ɪnˈʌf tə sˈiː joːɹsˈɛlf bɪkˌʌm ðə vˈɪlən/
used to suggest that success and power can corrupt even the most virtuous or heroic individuals, leading them to abandon their principles
better a good cow than a cow of a good kind
/bˈɛɾɚɹ ɐ ɡˈʊd kˈaʊ ðˌænə kˈaʊ əvə ɡˈʊd kˈaɪnd/
used to emphasize the value of personal qualities and virtues over one's family background or social status
do right and fear no man
/dˈuː ɹˈaɪt ænd fˈɪɹ nˈoʊ mˈæn/
used to suggest that if a person always acts with honesty, integrity, and morality, they have nothing to fear from others
fair play is a jewel
/fˈɛɹ plˈeɪ ɪz ɐ dʒˈuːəl/
used to imply that honesty, justice, and integrity in competition or conflict are highly valued and considered precious
he lives long who lives well
/hiː lˈɪvz lˈɑːŋ hˌuː lˈɪvz wˈɛl/
used to emphasize that the quality of one's life is more important than the quantity of years lived, as a good and virtuous life is more fulfilling and leads to a longer and happier life
hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
/hˈɪɹ nˈoʊ ˈiːvəl sˈiː nˈoʊ ˈiːvəl spˈiːk nˈoʊ ˈiːvəl/
used to encourage people to avoid negativity and harmful behavior towards others, focusing on positivity and refraining from spreading gossip or harmful information
there is honor (even) among thieves
/ðɛɹ ɪz ˈɑːnɚ ˈiːvən ɐmˌʌŋ θˈiːvz/
used to suggest that even those with questionable morals may have a sense of honor and loyalty among themselves, highlighting the unexpected bonds that can form between individuals
virtue is its own reward
/vˈɜːtʃuː ɪz ɪts ˈoʊn ɹɪwˈɔːɹd/
used to imply that the satisfaction of doing the right thing is a reward in itself and that people should strive to act with honor and integrity in all aspects of life
it is ill waiting for dead men's shoes
/ɪt ɪz ˈɪl wˈeɪɾɪŋ fɔːɹ dˈɛd mˈɛnz ʃˈuːz/
used to warn against relying on an inheritance or waiting for someone else's misfortune before pursuing personal goals, encouraging people to take action toward achieving success
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow
/ɐ klˈiːn kˈɑːnʃəns mˌeɪks ɐ sˈɔft pˈɪloʊ/
used to suggest that a person who has acted with honesty, integrity, and morality can rest easy and feel at ease with themselves
a clear conscience is a sure card
/ɐ klˈɪɹ kˈɑːnʃəns ɪz ɐ ʃˈʊɹ kˈɑːɹd/
used to imply that having a clear conscience, free from guilt or wrongdoing, can be a valuable asset in life
an honest man's pillow is his peace of mind
/ɐn ˈɑːnɪst mˈænz pˈɪloʊ ɪz hɪz pˈiːs ʌv mˈaɪnd/
used to suggest that having a clear conscience and living with integrity can bring a sense of security and inner peace
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