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Nobility quotes and quotations

Men don't like nobility in woman. Not any men. I suppose it is because the men like to have the copyrights on nobility -- if there is going to be anything like that in a relationship.
Dorothy Parker

The nobility of England, my lord, would have snored through the Sermon on the Mount.
Robert Bolt

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

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
Benito Mussolini

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.

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

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Rebecca West

Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise. For the distance is altered, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.
Francis Bacon

I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility.
Imelda Marcos

It is perhaps common in the world for individuals and nations to suffer for their noble qualities more than for their ignoble ones. For nobility is an occasion for pride, the most treacherous of sentiments.
Daniel Moynihan

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
Sir Philip Sidney

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.

The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.
Whitney Young

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
Willa Cather

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
William Shakespeare

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

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

The noblest character is stained by the addition of pride.
Claudian (Claudianus)

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

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

Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great.

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

Better not to be at all Than not to be noble.
Lord Alfred Tennyson

Whoe'er amidst the sons Of reason, valor, liberty and virtue, Displays distinguished merit, is a noble Of Nature's own creating.
James Thomson (1)

Titles are marks of honest men, and wise: The fool or knave that wears a title lies.
Edward Young

A noble pair of brothers.

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!

There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.
James Anthony Froude

A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are obligations to nobility.
Duc de Levis

Be noble in every thought And in every deed!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

His nature is too noble for the world. He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for's power to thunder.
William Shakespeare

Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow