Nobility Quotes

What is madness but nobility of soul. At odds with circumstance?

Theodore Roethke

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

The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Elijah Wood

Tolerance is mans ornament, keeping promises is a sign of nobility, and bonding with others is a grace.

Husayn ibn

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man or woman. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Hindu Teaching

He is man whose heart is spirited and eyes are wet each moment on account of the sorrow, compassion, virtue, beauty, and nobility that decorate this world.

Kedar Joshi

Every noble action is selfish. Some selfish actions are nobler than others. But they are all selfish. And as such there can be no action purely noble anyway. Even the nobility in God's great philosophical intentions is bounded by his vanity.

Kedar Joshi

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

Riccardo Muti

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

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

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

Boethius

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
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