True nobility lies in high character and refined manners, not in noble birth or ancient pedigree.
A noble man is he who aims at noble ends not he who glories in an ancestry mouldering in the dust.
A noble man is noble though he come to want, and a base man is base though he walks on pearls.
A lion is a lion though his claws be clipped, and a dog is a dog though he wear a collar of gold.
He who disregards his own honour gets no good from an honourable lineage.
Learning and high principles take the place of noble birth, and cover the shame of a low origin.
A branch tells of what stock it comes.