Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Vice is infamous, though in a prince; and virtue honorable, though in a peasant.
Where there is no difference in men's worths, titles are all jests.
Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
"Man" is a name of honor for a king; additions take away from each chief thing.
A fool, indeed, has great need of title, it teaches men to call him court and duke, and to forget his proper name of fool.
Titles of honor add not to his worth, who is himself an honor to his title.
The three highest titles that can be given a man are those of a martyr, hero, saint.
The wise sometimes condescend to accept of titles; but none but a fool would imagine them of any real importance. We ought to depend upon intrinsic merit, and not on the slender helps of a title.
It is not titles that reflect honor on men, but men on their titles.
Virtue is the first title of nobility.
How impious is the title of "sacred majesty" applied to a worm, who, in the midst of his splendor, is crumbling into dust!
Titles, instead of exalting, debase those who act not up to them.
Of the king's creation you may be; but he who makes a count never made a man.
Titles of honor are like the impressions on coin, which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current.