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On Nobility

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To those who laud nobility of birth as the greatest good and the source of other great goods let no mild reproach be spoken. Since nobility is the proper inheritance of a mind that has been purified by perfect purifications, one must call only the moderate and just noble, even if they happen to have been born from household slaves or from those bought with money. But to wicked offspring who have sprung from good parents let the estate of nobility be closed off. For among the founders of the race are those to whom the virtues of their ancestors were of absolutely no benefit, condemned as they were for blameworthy and culpable actions, being convicted, if not by someone else, then at least by their conscience, which is the one and only court which is not deceived by ploys of speech.

Keywords:good parents; nobility



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