Nobility Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nobility quotes, nobility sayings, and nobility proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Albert Camus

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.     

William Shakespeare

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

Riccardo Muti

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

Jean Rostand

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


It matters not from what stock we are descended so long as we have virtue; for that alone is true Nobility.     

Wellins Calcott

Noble persons have the best capacities; for whether they give themselves to goodness or ungraciousness, they do in either excel, as none of the common sort of people can come anything nigh them.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nobility is kept alive and strong when it is attached to wealth, and without money it is like a dead thing, for those who are in need have often to turn their hands to vile things.     

Martin De Viciana

Nobility without virtue is a fine setting without a gem.     

Jane Porter

Nobility is a river that sets with a constant and undeviating current, directly into the great Pacific Ocean of Time; but, unlike all other rivers, it is more grand at its source, than at its termination.     

Charles Caleb Colton

A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip: there is nothing good of him but that which is underground.     

Samuel Butler

If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.     


Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding unity 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

The essence of true nobility is neglect of self.     

James A. Froude

Noble blood is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great.     

Carlo Goldoni

New nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time.     

Francis Bacon

To do good is noble. To tell others to do good is even nobler and much less trouble.     

Mark Twain

The warrior's nobility is like a prostitute's smile, the truth of which is self-interest.     

Georges Bataille

Even in adversity, nobility shines through, when a man endures repeated and severe misfortune with patience, not owing to insensibility but from generosity and greatness of soul.     


Nobility is expensive, nonproductive, and parasitic, siphoning away too much of society’s energy to satisfy its frivolous cravings.     

Alan Weisman

True nobility is exempt from fear.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Base men being in love have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them.     

William Shakespeare

My nobility begins in me, but yours ends in you.     


Idleness is an appendix to nobility.     

Robert Burton

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

Theodore Roethke

I believe that love is better than hate. And that there is more nobility in building a chicken coop than in destroying a cathedral.     

Betty Greene

If ancient descent could confer nobility, the lower forms of life would possess it in a greater degree than man.     

John Lancaster Spalding

To men and women there falls the task of exploring truth with their reason, and in this their nobility consists.     

Pope John Paul II

As one lamp lights another, nor grows less, So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.     

James Russell Lowell