It matters not from what stock we are descended so long as we have virtue; for that alone is true Nobility.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
Nobility is often no more than the inner aspect which our egotistical feelings assume when we have not yet named and classified them.
MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove
- 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, Sonnet IV
Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog, rather than a spur.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
I will bow myself before him who is influenced by a noble conviction, and who only desires that which is conducive to good, be he prince or man of the people.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Story of My Life
The nobly born must nobly meet his fate.