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I look down upon him
  With such contempt and scorn, as on my slave;
    He's a name only, and all good in him
      He must derive from his great grandsire's ashes,
        For had not their victorious acts bequeathed
          His titles to him, and wrote on his forehead,
            "This is a lord," he had lived unobserved
              By any man of mark and died as one
                Amongst the common rout.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

We are all souldiers, and all venture lives;
  And where there is no difference in men's worths,
    Titles are all jests.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        A King, and No King (act 1, sc. 1)

Titles are too "thin" for the nineteenth century.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
      - Robert Burton

A fool, indeed, hath great need of a title; it teaches men to call him count and duke, and to forget his proper name of fool.
      - John Crowne

All transitory titles I detest; a virtuous life I mean to boast alone. Our birth's our sires'; our virtues be our own.
      - Michael Drayton

A successive title, long and dark, drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's ark.
      - John Dryden

Titles of honour add not to his worth,
  Who is himself an honour of his titles.
      - John Ford, The Lady's Trial
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 30)

A truce to titles; I will none.
      - Giuseppe Garibaldi

Titles and profit I resign,
  The post of honor shall be mine.
      - John Gay

The three highest titles that can be given a man are those of martyr, hero, saint.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

These people, however fallen, are still men, and that is a very good title to my affection.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Titles and mottoes to books are like escutcheons and dignities in the hands of a king. The wise sometimes condescend to accept of them; but none but a fool would imagine them of any real importance. We ought to depend upon intrinsic merit, and not the slender helps of the title.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

These are the lords
  That have bought titles: men may merchandise
    Wares, ay and traffic in all commodities
      From sea to sea, and from shore to shore:
        But in my thought, of all things that are sold,
          'Tis pity honor should be bought for gold:
            It cuts off all desert.
      - Eliza Haywood

I can make a lord, but only God Almighty can make a gentleman.
      - James I of England (James VI of Scotland)

High titles debase, instead of elevate, those who know not how to support them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Kings do with men as with pieces of money; they give them what value they please, and we are obliged to receive them at their current and not at their real value.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Some people are all quality; you would think they are made up of nothing but title and genealogy. The stamp of dignity defaces in them the very character of humanity and transports them to such a degree of haughtiness that they reckon it below themselves to exercise either good nature or good manners.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

For it is not titles that reflect honor on men, but men on their titles.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Thrones, dominions, princedoms, virtues, powers--
  If these magnific titles yet remain
    Not merely titular.
      - John Milton

Virtue is the first title of nobility.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

How impious is the title of sacred majesty applied to a worm, who, in the midst of his splendor, is crumbling into dust.
      - Thomas Paine

Titles do not count with posterity.
      - Thomas Paine

Of all trifles, titles are the lightest.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man. There are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and she makes neither princes, nor rich men, not lords.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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