Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.