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  • Our objective is to enlighten and ennoble the liberal arts student.
  • I ennoble my work by dedicating each day’s labor to another.
  • Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America’s journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
    Bill Clinton (First Inaugural Address)
  • It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence

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  • The very thought of her ennobled and purified him, made him better, and made him want to be better.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
    Albert Einstein
  • Liberty ennobles humanity.
  • I hope my films help to ennoble the lives of those who see them.
  • Already, she has ennobled me in my own estimation, and made me three times better, wiser, greater than I was.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
    Christian Nestell Bovee

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  • They belonged to me; they ennobled me and gave me some place in the world.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • As for me, I consider the union with Mademoiselle Danglars a most suitable one; she will enrich you, and you will ennoble her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When feeling love exists in us, ennobling, Each well-weighed word is futile and soul-saddening!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • But their influence, though it escapes fame, shall live immortal in the lives that have been sweetened and ennobled by it.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I appeal to you as a man ennobled by educationů.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And this confession made his romantic gestures all the more ennobling.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Sanctify the ground with the touch of thy foot, that we may eat the dirt and be ennobled!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Wladyslaw Szpilman describes it in such a way that we can get a deeper understanding of something we already suspected: prisons, ghettos and concentration camps, with their huts and watchtowers and gas chambers, are not designed to ennoble the character.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • So saying, she embraced him, and for joy Tenderly wept; much won, that he his love Had so ennobled, as of choice to incur Divine displeasure for her sake, or death.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I am sure I loved that baby quite as truly, quite as tenderly, with greater purity and more disinterestedness, than can enter into the best love of a later time of life, high and ennobling as it is.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • These opportunities, therefore, made those men fortunate, and their high ability enabled them to recognize the opportunity whereby their country was ennobled and made famous.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I want patience, said he, with those who, without wit to enliven or learning to instruct, revile an ennobling profession which, saving the reverence due to the Deity, is the greatest power for happiness upon the earth.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She came out ennobled by an unselfish sorrow.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • It is for madmen like us, perhaps, to ennoble it again.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It does not appear, from all you have said, how any one perfection is required toward the procurement of any one station among you; much less, that men are ennobled on account of their virtue; that priests are advanced for their piety or learning; soldiers, for their conduct or valour; judges, for their integrity; senators, for the love of their country; or counsellors for their wisdom.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • His blood boiled with honest British exultation, as he saw the name of Osborne ennobled in the person of his son, and thought that he might be the progenitor of a glorious line of baronets.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But I did want and long to ennoble some man to high aims; and when I saw you, and knew you wanted to be my comrade, I—shall I confess it?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Her hair, the color of stainless steel, had ennobled her face, but now it looked like ragged yellow strands of corn silk, and her beautiful panther eyes did not recover their old sparkle even in the brilliant heat of her anger.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Poor, pitiful, shriveled wretch, with a soul so small that a little pelf would outweigh all things else that dignify or ennoble manhood.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Plaster people, in ennobled postures, stiffly wore untouchably new clothes; there was even a little boy, with short, straight pants, bare knees and high socks, obviously a sissy: but he wore a cap, all the same, not a hat like a baby.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • And Lady Chiltern has a very ennobling effect on life, though her dinner-parties are rather dull sometimes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Me, I have not yet been ennobled, so I am on the side of the plain.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignation: of all the conflicts and all the sacrifices that ennoble us most.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • She was fond of pictures and flowers, and of sentimental fiction, and she could not help thinking that the possession of such tastes ennobled her desire for worldly advantages.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He was a John the Baptist who took ennoblement rather than repentance for his text.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Fortune had decreed to ennoble this little brook with a higher honour than any of those which wash the plains of Arcadia ever deserved.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The secret and intended and immoral and illegal and socially unwarranted and condemned use of her body outside the regenerative and ennobling pale of matrimony!
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was quite impossible that he could enter into the sentiments that ennobled his companion, and he broke away from both with an impatience that caused him secretly to curse the folly that could induce a man to rush, as it were, on his own destruction.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • There were times when the Corps could be a powerful protector ofits own members, and if ever its love was turned on you for any reason, you were always surprised and ennobled by the heat and fire and passion of it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She already enjoyed a sufficiency of all that my aunt possessed, in the knowledge that the wealth of the mistress automatically ennobled and glorified the maid in the eyes of the world; and that she herself was conspicuous and worthy to be praised throughout Combray, Jouy-le-Vicomte, and other cities of men, on account of my aunt’s many farms, her frequent and prolonged visits from the Cure, and the astonishing number of bottles of Vichy water which she consumed.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Where Zilla mocked him as a country boy, Myra said indignantly that he was ever so much solider than the young dandies who had been born in the great city of Zenith—an ancient settlement in 1897, one hundred and five years old, with two hundred thousand population, the queen and wonder of all the state and, to the Catawba boy, George Babbitt, so vast and thunderous and luxurious that he was flattered to know a girl ennobled by birth in Zenith.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life—the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within it—can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • You may find it delightful for a while: you certainly won’t find it ennobling.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He felt ennobled and invulnerable.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • I am proud of my descent from a Delaware chief, who was a warrior that ennobled human nature.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Life had knocked them around, but for a brief moment they were being refreshed by an ennobling experience.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • A feeling of care remained his ultimate mainspring and was not relieved and ennobled by a sense of security.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • And a peroration addressed to women should have something, you will agree, particularly exalting and ennobling about it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Today they seemed content to stand at attention, bask in the warm breeze, and allow the sun to work its ennobling magic.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
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