Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Profession: French Existential Writer
Aristocracy has three successive ages. First superiority s, then privileges and finally vanities. Having passed from the first, it degenerates in the second and dies in the third.
Author: Vicomte De Chateaubriand (1768-1848)
Profession: French Politician, Writer
A fully equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts, and dukes are just as great a terror -- and they last longer.
Author: David Lloyd George (1863-1945)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.
Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)
Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Profession: Third President of the USA
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Profession: German Physicist, Satirist
Lords are lordliest in their wine.
Author: John Milton (1608-1674)
Profession: British Poet
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
Author: Nancy Mitford (1904-1973)
Profession: British Writer
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)
Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer
Aristocracy is always cruel.
Author: Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)
Profession: American Reformer, Orator
A degenerate nobleman is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
Author: English Saying
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Profession: Greek Statesman
If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle?
Author: William M. Thackeray (1811-1863)
Profession: Indian-born British Novelist