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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7796
AUTHOR:Henry Codman Potter (1835–1908)
QUOTATION:  If there be no nobility of descent, all the more indispensable is it that there should be nobility of ascent,—a character in them that bear rule so fine and high and pure that as men come within the circle of its influence they involuntarily pay homage to that which is the one pre-eminent distinction, the royalty of virtue.
ATTRIBUTION:Address at the Washington Centennial Service in St. Paul’s Chapel, New York, April 30, 1889.
 

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