nobility

A Quote by Radiohead on men, nobility, and superiority

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men--true nobility is being superior to your former self.

Radiohead

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A Quote by Plutarch on danger, deed, evil, good, nobility, and risk

To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger, is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia

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A Quote by Plato on art, birth, labor, men, mind, nobility, soul, thought, and women

Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs; but differs, in that I attend men and not women, and I look after their souls when they are in labor, and not after their bodies: and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

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A Quote by Plato on generosity, kindness, mind, and nobility

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

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

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A Quote by Pietro Metastasio on fear, nobility, and risk

Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.

Pietro Metastasio (1698 - 1782)

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A Quote by Pierre Charles Baudelaire on nobility and reason

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.

Pierre Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)

Source: 1869, in L’Art Romantique

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A Quote by Orison Swett Marden on ideas, mind, nobility, observation, and study

But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Study! Study! but above all, think! Think! and when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind - Act!

Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on adversity, awards, greatness, nobility, security, soul, time, and words

The prince who relies upon their words, without having otherwise provided for his security, is ruined; for friendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on enemies, justice, mind, nobility, pride, and reason

Just as meekness is in all our virtues, so is pride in all our sins. Whatever its momentary and alluring guise, pride is the enemy, "the first of the sins." One reason to be particularly on guard against pride is that "the devilish strategy of Pride is that it attacks us, not in our weakest points, but in our strongest. It is preeminently the sin of the noble mind." Not only of the noble mind, but also of the semi-righteous.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Meek & Lowly quoting H. Fairlie’s The Seven Deadly Sins Today, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Cal Thomas on acceptance, america, audiences, babies, blindness, boldness, children, concern, country, criticism, death, decisions, dignity, generosity, good, heart, hunger, inclusion, life, love, motherhood, murder, nations, nobility, peace,

Mother Teresa Has Anti-Abortion Answer At a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Feb. 3, Mother Teresa of Calcutta delivered the most startling and bold proclamation of truth to power I have heard in my more than 30 professional years in Washington. Before an audience of 3,000 - that included the president and his wife, the vice president and his wife and congressional leaders, among others - the 83-year old nun, who is physically frail but spiritually and rhetorically powerful, delivered an address that cut to the heart of the social ills afflicting America. She said that America, once known for generosity to the world, has become selfish. And she said that the greatest proof of that selfishness is abortion. Tying abortion to growing violence and murder in the streets, she said, "If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? . . . Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want." At that line, most of those in attendance erupted in a standing ovation, something that rarely occurs at these sedate events. At that moment, President Clinton quickly reached for his water glass, and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore stared without expression at Mother Teresa. They did not applaud. It was clearly an uncomfortable moment on the dais. She then delivered the knockout punch: "Many people are very, very concerned with children in India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. "These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today - abortion, which brings people to such blindness." What? Abortion destroys peace and causes blindness toward the sick, the hungry and the naked? Abortion leads to wars between nations? Of course it does, if life is regarded so lightly and its disposal becomes so trivial, so clinical and so easy. Why should people or nations regard human life as noble or dignified if abortion flourishes? Why agonize about indiscriminate death in Bosnia when babies are being killed far more efficiently and out of the sight of television cameras? Mother Teresa delivered her address without rhetorical flourishes. She never raised her voice or pounded the lectern. Her power was in her words and the selfless life she has led. Even President Clinton, in his remarks that followed, acknowledged she was beyond criticism because of the life she has lived in service to others. At the end, she pleaded for pregnant women who don't want their children to give them to her: "I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child." She said she has placed over 3,000 children in adoptive homes from her Calcutta headquarters alone. She has answered the question, "Who will care for all of these babies if abortion is again outlawed?" Now the question is whether a woman contemplating abortion wishes to be selfish or selfless, to take life or to give life.

Cal Thomas

Source: Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 14, 1994

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