Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
Lords are lordliest in their wine.
All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
What is the use of your pedigrees?
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble!
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.