The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
And love’s the noblest frailty of the mind.
The heart was always seen as the noblest of the internal organs as well as the most vital. The hearts of martyrs or future candidates for sainthood would be preserved, but never their livers, say, or the entrails – at least not on their own; it was either the heart by itself or the whole lot together.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.