Every person, if he so wills, can become a paradigmatic human being, not by brushing of his accidental qualities, but by remaining in them and ennobling them. He ennobles them by choosing them.
A balance, an ennobling interchange Of action from without and from within; The excellence, pure function, and best power Both of the object seen, and eye that sees.william wordsworth
To deny one's self, to take up the cross, denotes something immeasurably grander than self-imposed penance or rigid conformity to a Divine statute. It is the surrender of self to an ennobling work, an absolute subordination of personal advantages and of personal pleasures for the sake of truth and the welfare of others, and a willing acceptance of every disability which their interests may entail.george c. lorimer
In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.thorstein veblen
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.Immanuel Kant
All religions , arts and sciences are branches of the same tree . All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life , lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom .
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