'Their name must ever be respectable. They exhibited virtues from which human esteem is as inseparable as the shadow from the substance - a severe adherence to principles, an uncompromising sincerity, individual disinterestedness and consistency.' Hallam, ‘The View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages’

'Man is known among men as his deeds attest,
Which make noble origin manifest.'
Arabian Knights

'They did not use their birth as a means to obtain privileges,
but saw therein an obligation to excel in knowledge and nobility,
so as to be worthy of their ancestors.'
Graetz, Heinrich; Lowy, Bella, 'History of the Jews', Vol. III, p. 236

‘A Knight ther was, and that a worthy man
That fro the tyme that he first bigan
To ryden out, he loved chivalrye,
Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisye.’
The Canterbury Tales

‘And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch. And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.’ Numbers 2:1-3

'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' - Cover illustration of the book of that name by Kay Nielsen.

'Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.'

'The Descent of Hughes'

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