Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman.
The least considerable man among us has an interest equal to the proudest nobleman, in the laws and constitution of his country, and is equally called upon to make a generous contribution in support of them — whether it be the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute.junius
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, "Characters", A Degenerate Nobleman.
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