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Concerning Independence. IV.
By Dante Alighieri
(Italian epic poet, 12651321)
WHAT! You say a horse is noble because it is good in itself, and the same you say of a falcon or a pearl; but a man shall be called noble because his ancestors were so? Not with words, but with knives must one answer such a beastly notion.