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Noblesse oblige   /noʊblˈɛs əblˈaɪdʒ/   Listen
Noblesse oblige

The obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically).

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"Noblesse oblige" Quotes from Famous Books

... an added nobility had appeared in our aristocracies of birth, intellect, education, wealth, or whatever other accidents set men above the mass of their fellows. Of such we expect a great response to a great demand. And we have not been disappointed. The old rule of life, NOBLESSE OBLIGE, has proved that it still possesses driving force with the most of those to whom it applies. The thing which has amazed me is the greatness ...
— Defenders of Democracy • The Militia of Mercy

... negro became yet more explicit both in speech and gesture. The populace actually expected me to provide them with a scion of the royal race! And the commander of the Favorite, Larrieu, flew at me instantly. "Come, Monseigneur," he cried, "here's a chance of distinguishing yourself. Noblesse oblige!" ...
— Memoirs • Prince De Joinville

... said, with a faint smile that masked a gleam of curiosity.... "You want," she said, "to say to the aristocracy, 'Be aristocrats. NOBLESSE OBLIGE.' Do you remember what happened to the monarch who was ...
— The New Machiavelli • Herbert George Wells

Words linked to "Noblesse oblige" :   obligation, duty, responsibility, French

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