He had not the least pride of birth and rank, that common narrow notion of little minds, that wretched mistaken succedaneum of merit.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Characters of Chesterfield, 1778, repr. Augustan Reprint Society, nos. 259-260, p. 43, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).
Character of Lord Scarborough, one of Chesterfield's closest friends.)