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[ Also see Aristocracy Nobility Office Rank ]

I shall show that the place does not honor the man, but the man the place.
      - Agesilaus, the Great

Whom the grandeur of his office elevates over other men will soon find that the first hour of his new dignity is the last of his independence.
      - Henri Francois d'Aguesseau

The best things are placed between extremes.
      - Aristotle

Men in great places are thrice servants,--servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so that they have no freedom, neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times.
      - Francis Bacon

If any man is rich and powerful, he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The station that has not its duty, its ideal, was never yet occupied by man. Yes, here in this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable actual, wherein thou even now standest,--here or nowhere is thy ideal; work it out therefrom; and working, believe, live, be free.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Whatever high station you may be placed in by fortune, remember this, that God will not estimate you by the office, but by the manner in which you fill it.
      - William Ellery Channing

Whatever poets may write, or fools believe, of rural innocence and truth, and of the perfidy of courts, this is most undoubtedly true,--that shepherds and ministers are both men; their natures and passions the same, the modes of them only different.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Lord Bacon has compared those who move in higher spheres to those heavenly bodies in the firmament, which have much admiration, but little rest; and it is not necessary to invest a wise man with power, to convince him that it is a garment bedizened with gold, which dazzles the beholder by its splendor, but oppresses the wearer by its weight.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The French have a saying that whatever excellence a man may exhibit in a public station he is very apt to be ridiculous in a private one.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Royalty is but a feather in a man's cap; let children enjoy their rattle.
      - Oliver Cromwell

Accept the place the Divine Providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Would that I could live without care in the middle rank of life.
      - Euripides

No more restless uncertainties, no more anxious desires, no more impatience at the place we are in; for it is God who has placed us there, and who holds us in his arms. Can we be unsafe where he has placed us?
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

The man who loves the golden mean is safe from the misery of a wretched hovel, and moderate in his desires, cares not for a luxurious palace, the subject of envy.
      - Marcus Horatius Barbatus

Eminent station makes great men more great, and little ones less.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

How happy the station which every minute furnishes opportunities of doing good to thousands! how dangerous that which every moment exposes to the injuring of millions!
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune. It is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set on ourselves. By this quality we usurp the deference of other men; and it puts us, in general, more above them than birth, dignity, or even merit itself.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Finding that the middle condition of life is by far the happiest, I look with little favor upon that of princes.
      - Pindar

The crowns of kings do not prevent those who wear them from being tormented sometimes by violent headaches.
      - Plutarch

Every man whom chance alone has, by some accident, made a public character, hardly ever fails of becoming, in a short time, a ridiculous private one.
      - Cardinal de Retz

God is a kind Father. He sets us all in the places where he wishes us to be employed. He chooses work for every creature which will be delightful to them if they do it simply and humbly. He gives us always strength enough and sense enough for what he wants us to do.
      - John Ruskin

He who thinks his place below him will certainly be below his place.
      - John Faucit Saville

It is not the mere station of life that stamps the value on us, but the manner in which we act our part.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

For my part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity: The throne is a glorious sepulchre.
      - Theodora

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