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Quotation by Shakespeare
O that estates, degrees, and offices
Were not derived corruptly, and that clear honor
Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Arragon, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 9, l. 41-3.
The aristocrat wishes status and rank were always the reward of merit, and could not be obtained by corrupt means.
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