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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1252
AUTHOR: James Russell Lowell (1819–91)
QUOTATION: Be NOBLE! and the nobleness that lies
In other men, sleeping, but never dead,
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, “Sonnet IV,” The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell, p. 20 (1900).

Be noble, and the nobleness that
Lies in other men—sleeping but
Never dead—will rise in majesty
To meet thine own
—Inscription on south facade of Union Station, Washington, D.C.
SUBJECTS: Nobility