It is possible that the malice of writers has been overrated (by myself among others). Reading their ruminations on their craft, one sees why this writer could not possibly like that one, would indeed consider him a menace. Literature is a battleground of conflicting faiths, and nobler passions than envy are involved.
America has never forgotten — and never will forget — the nobler things that brought her into being and that light her path — the path that was entered upon only one hundred and fifty years ago ... How young she is! It will be centuries before she will adopt that maturity of custom — the clothing of the grave — that some people believe she is already fitted for.bernard baruch
Date not the life which thou hast run by the mean of reckoning of the hours and days, which though hast breathed: a life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, — by deeds, not years...Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Have I a lover Who is noble and free? I would he were nobler Than to love me.
Two of far nobler shape erect and tall, God-like erect, with native honor clad In naked majesty seemed lords of all.john milton
The earth is nobler than the world we have put upon it.
I no longer desire happiness: life is nobler than that.George Bernard Shaw
The time would fail me if I were to recite all the big names in history whose exploits are perfectly irrational and even shocking to the business mind. The incongruity is speaking; and I imagine it must engender among the mediocrities a very peculiar attitude, towards the nobler and showier sides of national life.Robert Louis Stevenson
Man, made after God's image, was a nobler creation than twinkling sparks in the sky, or than the larger and more useful lamp of the moon.david brewster
No conqueror returning from a victory on the battlefield has come home adorned with nobler laurels than M R CHAMBERLAIN from Munich yesterday, and K ING and people alike have shown by the manner of their reception their sense of his achievement.neville chamberlain
The origins and travels of our purchases remain matters of indifference, although to the more imaginative at least a slight dampness at the bottom of a carton, or an obscure code printed along a computer cable, may hint at processes of manufacture and transport nobler and more mysterious, more worthy of wonder and study, than the very goods themselves.Alain de Botton
Of ancient race by birth, but nobler yet In his own worth.john dryden
Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.john ruskin
A principal aim of education is to give students a taste for literature, for the books of life and power, and to accomplish this, it is necessary that their minds be held aloof from the babblement and discussions of the hour, that they may accustom themselves to take interest in the words and deeds of the greatest men, and so make themselves able and worthy to shape a larger and nobler future; but if their hours of leisure are spent over journals and reviews, they will, in later years, become the helpless victims of the newspaper habit.john lancaster spalding
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.virginia woolf
Man is the nobler growth our realms supply And souls are ripened in our northern sky.anna letitia barbauld
Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacume and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.
Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them; The iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail: A feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle, And rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled.martin farquhar tupper
You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet, Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone? Of two such lessons, why forget The nobler and the manlier one? You have the letters Cadmus gave Think ye he meant them for a slave?lord byron
Without free speech no search for Truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of Truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.
Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one that is longer but of less account!
In all the trade of war, no feat Is nobler than a brave retreat.Samuel Butler
At Learning's fountain it is sweet to drink, But 'tis a nobler privilege to think.john godfrey saxe