|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.|
From the Latin of Böethius.
|Inquinat egregios adjuncta superbia mores.|
The noblest character is stained by the addition of pride.
ClaudianusDe Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augustii Panegyris. 305.
|Ay, these look like the workmanship of heaven;|
This is the porcelain clay of human kind,
And therefore cast into these noble moulds.
DrydenDon Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.
| O lady, nobility is thine, and thy form is the reflection of thy nature!|
| There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Calvinism.
|Ein edler Mensch zieht edle Menschen an,|
Und weiss sie fest zu halten, wie ihr thut.
A noble soul alone can noble souls attract;
And knows alone, as ye, to hold them.
GoetheTorquato Tasso. I. 1. 59.
| Il sangue nobile è un accidente della fortuna; le azioni nobili caratterizzano il grande.|
Noble blood is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great.
GoldoniPamela. I. 6.
|Par nobile fratrum.|
A noble pair of brothers.
HoraceSatires. II. 3. 243.
|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!
JuvenalSatire VIII. L. 29. Giffords trans. Virtus sola nobilitat, is the Latin of last line.
There are obligations to nobility.
Comte de Laborde, in a notice to the French Historical Society in 1865, attributes the phrase to Duc de Levis, who used it in 1808, apropos of the establishment of the nobility.
|Be noble in every thought|
And in every deed!
LongfellowChristus. The Golden Legend. Pt. II.
|Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds.|
LongfellowTales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. III. The Students Tale. Emma and Eginhard. L. 82.
|Be noble! and the nobleness that lies|
In other men, sleeping, but never dead,
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
|Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning die,|
But leave us still our old nobility.
Lord John MannersEnglands Trust. Pt. III. L. 227.
|Be aristocracy the only joy:|
Let commerce perishlet the world expire.
Modern Gullivers Travels. P. 192. (Ed. 1796).
| His nature is too noble for the world:|
He would not flatter Neptune for his trident,
Or Jove fors power to thunder.
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 255.
|This was the noblest Roman of them all:|
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 68.
| Better not to be at all|
Than not be noble.
TennysonThe Princess. Pt. II. L. 79.
| Whoeer amidst the sons|
Of reason, valor, liberty, and virtue
Displays distinguished merit, is a noble
Of Natures own creating.
ThomsonCoriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Titles are marks of honest men, and wise:|
The fool or knave that wears a title lies.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 145.