William Gifford quotes

  • I could enjoy the life that I had by virtue of the educational attainment that my grandparents and parents had pursued. Education was always incredibly valued in our family.

  • There are few things more wearisome in a fairly fatiguing life than the monotonous repetition of a phrase which catches and holds the public fancy by virtue of its total lack of significance.

  • Virtues are dispositions not only to act in particular ways, but also to feel in particular ways. To act virtuously is not, as Kant was later to think, to act against inclination; it is to act from inclination formed by the cultivation of the virtues.

  • As you come to seek and see the virtues and strengths and nobilities of others, you begin to seek and see them in yourself also.

  • Adversity often hatches out the true nobility of character.

  • Be noble in every thought And in every deed!

  • I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility.

  • Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem

  • We are not princes of the earth, we are the descendants of worms, and any nobility must be earned.

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

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