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  • Whatever the tragedy he met, why had Francisco taken the ugliest way of escape, as ignoble as the way of some cheap alcoholic?
  • Was this what they called an ignoble concern with the physical world?
  • Man’s only talent is an ignoble cunning for satisfying the needs of his body," said the old bum.
  • You, who dare to regard us as the moral inferiors of any mystic who claims supernatural visions-you, who scramble like vultures for plundered pennies, yet honor a fortune-teller above a fortune maker-you, who scorn a businessman as ignoble, but esteem any posturing artist as exalted-the root of your standards is that mystic miasma which comes from primordial swamps, that cult of death, which pronounces a businessman immoral by reason of the fact that he keeps you alive.

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  • There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
  • To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
    Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend
    The dukedom, yet unbow’d—alas, poor Milan!—
    To most ignoble stooping.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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