An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Aristocracy has three successive ages. First superiority, then privileges and finally vanities. Having passed from the first, it degenerates in the second and dies in the third.


Vicomte De Chateaubriand (1768-1848, French politician, writer)


A fully equipped Duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British 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.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


What is the use of your pedigrees?


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


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.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Lords are lordliest in their wine.


John Milton (1608-1674, 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.


Nancy Mitford (1904-1973, 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.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Aristocracy is always cruel.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


A degenerate nobleman is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.


English Saying


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


Solon (636-558 BC, 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?


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble!


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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