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The noblest character is stained by the addition of pride. [Lat., Inquinat egregios adjuncta superbia mores.]

Claudian (Claudianus) Quotes , Source: De Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augustii Panegyris (305)

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Fond man! though all the heroes of your line Bedeck your halls, and round your galleries shine In proud display; yet take this truth from me-- Virtue alone is true nobility!

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satire VIII (l. 29), (Gifford's translation)

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There are obligations to nobility. [Lat., Noblesse oblige.]

Duc de Levis Quotes , Source: attributed to him by Comte de Laborde in a 1865 notice to the French Historical Society

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There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Proverb Quotes

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If noble death be virtue's chiefest part, We above all men are by Fortune blest, Striving with freedom's crown to honor Greece, we died, and here in endless glory rest

Simonides Quotes

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Be noble! And the nobleness that lies in other men, sleeping, but never dead, will rise in majesty to meet thine own

James Russell Lowell Quotes

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Respect the man of noble races other than your own, who carries out, in a different place, a combat parallel to yours -- to ours. He is your ally. He is our ally, be he at the other end of the world. Love all living things whose humble task is not opposed in any way to yours, to ours: men with simple hearts, honest, without vanity and malice, and all the animals, because they are beautiful, without exception and without exception indifferent to whatever "idea" there may be. Love them, and you will see the eternal in the glance of their eyes of jet, amber, or emerald. Love also the trees, the plants, the water that runs though the meadow and on to the sea without knowing where it goes; love the mountain, the desert, the forest, the immense sky, full of light or full of clouds; because all these exceed man and reveal the eternal to you.

Savitri Devi Quotes

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O lady, nobility is thine, and thy form is the reflection of thy nature!

Euripides Quotes , Source: Ion (238)

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A noble pair of brothers. [Lat., Par nobile fratum.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (II, 3, 243)

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Whatever career you may choose for yourself - doctor, lawyer, teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity.Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights.You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at V, v)

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A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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True nobility is exempt from fear.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire

Hermann Hesse Quotes

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Be aristocracy the only joy: Let commerce perish--let the world expire.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Modern Gulliver's Travels (p. 192), (ed. 1796)

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If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.

Boethius Quotes , Source: from the Latin

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Ay, these look like the workmanship of heaven; This is the porcelain clay of human kind, And therefore cast into these noble moulds.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)

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There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.

James Anthony Froude Quotes , Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

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A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them. [Ger., Ein edler Mensch zieht edle Menschen an, Und weiss sie fest zu halten, wie ihr thut.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Torquato Tasso (I, 1, 59)

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Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great. [It., Il sangue nobile e un accidente della fortuna; le azioni nobili caratterizzano il grande.]

Goldoni Quotes , Source: Pamela (I, 6)

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Be noble in every thought And in every deed!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. II)

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Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Tales of a Wayside Inn (pt. III, The Student's Tale, Emma and Eginhard, l. 82)

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Be noble! and the nobleness that lies In other men, sleeping, but never dead, Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: Sonnet IV

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Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning die, But leave us still our old nobility.

Lord John Manners, Duke of Rutland Quotes , Source: England's Trust (pt. III, l. 227)

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