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Nobility Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Nobility

Please enjoy these Nobility Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
- Theodore Roethke

It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt
to a man to whom you already owe much.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood,
while the people, says Caesar, were all slaves.
- John Lothrop Motley

If an honest man is the noblest work of God,
then Mr. Lincoln's title to high nobility is clear and unquestioned.
- Matthew Simpson

 

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage,
and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation,
wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
- Riccardo Muti

The German people is not marked by original sin,
but by original nobility.
- Alfred Rosenberg

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

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

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- Edmund Burke

I believe in the nobility of entertaining people and I take great,
great pride that people are willing to give me two
or three hours of their busy lives.
- John Lasseter

The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility -
those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.
- Viktor Korchnoi

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

Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so
filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The army is the true nobility of our country.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity!
and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his
character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

It is the nobility of their style which will make our
writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
- Stendhal

True nobility is exempt from fear.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent
of that of his convictions.
- Jean Rostand

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men.
True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
- Elijah Wood

There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first,
because the two positions are equally necessary in the world,
the one to complement the other.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
- Robert Burton

Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem.
- Jane Porter

True revolutionaries are like God - they create the
world in their own image.
Our awesome responsibility to ourselves,
to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves
in the image of goodness,
because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I believe that history has shape, order,
and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces,
produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty,
nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
- Camille Paglia

For as long as this nation has known war,
we have embraced the heroes it has produced.
Americans have rightfully noted the honor and nobility
of courage under hostile fire and thanked those who
perished in their defense.
- James T. Walsh

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves,
to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves
in the image of goodness,
because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility,
but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness,
and was in great reputation in Jerusalem,
the greatest city we have.
- Flavius Josephus

By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality,
as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform,
prod our memories, even stir us to action.
Such films do battle for our very soul.
- Theodore Bikel

Strip the proud nobility of their bloated estates,
reduce them to a level with plain republicans,
send forth to labor, and teach their children to enter
the workshops or handle the plow,
and you will thus humble proud traitors.
- Thaddeus Stevens

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued,
and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare

Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Wilson thought in terms of the whole world;
Harding was for America first.
And, finally, whereas Wilson wanted America to exert itself nobly,
Harding wanted to give it a rest.
- Frederick Lewis Allen

True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't
await the passing of years.
- Pierre Corneille

Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength
and a courage from the eternal Father.
- Josephus Daniels

There was no indication of panic.
The broken files marched back in steady step.
The effort was nobly made and failed from the blows
that could not be fended.
- James Longstreet

Integrity of life is fame's best friend,
which nobly, beyond death, shall crown in the end.
- John Webster

Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country's birth,
and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves,
even in foreign lands when called upon.
- John Linder

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks
only of earning a living.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship:
or nobly,
which is done in pride.
- John Ruskin

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War,
the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders
hoped and trusted they would do.
- Hugo Black

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.
- Homer

It is preoccupation with possessions,
more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
- Bertrand Russell

I feel, as never before, how justly,
from the dawn of history to the present time,
men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration
to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives,
that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor.
- Edward Everett

Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind.
Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance,
this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble
and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood,
and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women.
As men become aware that few have had a fair chance,
they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.
- Margaret Fuller

The finest works of art are precious,
among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know,
if only imperfectly and for a little while,
what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
- Aldous Huxley

I am prejudiced in favor of him who,
without impudence,
can ask boldly.
He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself.
No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can
ask nobly and with boldness.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Nevertheless there are certain peaks,
canons, and clear meadow spaces which are above all compassing of words,
and have a certain fame as of the nobly great to whom
we give no familiar names.
- Mary Austin

Spanish alone was understood or spoken here;
our friend,
the countryman, stuck to us most nobly,
he understood us not a bit better than the rest but
saw that we were in distress and would not desert us.
- George Grey

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a noble life has prepared old age,
it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Muriel Spark

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal

To deal with individual human needs
at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
- Jimmy Carter

Wine and cheese are ageless companions,
like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures.
- M. F. K. Fisher

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
- Tacitus

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage.
Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.
- Delmore Schwartz

Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
- Charles Kingsley

Major religions are examples of 'noble lies' aimed
at uplifting human stature.
- Jack Miller

New England is the home of all that is good and noble
with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards


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