Nobility is keeping faith with our true value as spiritual beings. It is living up to the virtues and the Divine trust within us. We treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect. We speak and act graciously. We choose the moral high road regardless of the cost. If others try to bring us down, we remain steadfast, remembering our true worth. Our sense of decency is our touchstone. The world’s temptations cannot divert us from our purpose. We don’t follow the path of least resistance. We lead principled lives. We live the good life.


Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

 The Practice of Nobility

  • I know I was created noble.
  • I have high ethical standards.
  • I treat every person with dignity.
  • I am guided by decency.
  • I don’t allow others to mislead me.
  • I am my own leader.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

In family life, the virtue of nobility shines as a beacon of grace and honor, cultivating an atmosphere of mutual respect and selfless love. Nobility within a family signifies a commitment to upholding family virtues such as kindness, compassion, and integrity, fostering a sense of unity and understanding among its members.

It encompasses the willingness to support and elevate one another, even in times of adversity, and to celebrate each individual’s unique qualities. Through acts of selflessness and generosity, noble families create a nurturing environment where trust and loyalty flourish, enabling them to forge enduring bonds that withstand the test of time.

In embracing the virtue of nobility, families become a source of inspiration and an exemplar of dignity, leaving a lasting legacy of harmony and love for generations to come.

Balancing Nobility

Nobility encompasses living a life of dignity, respect, grace, and moral integrity. It is pursuing the higher self, guided by spiritual and ethical principles. However other virtues will help us keep the virtue of Nobility in balance.

        • Humility: To balance nobility, humility is essential. It helps to acknowledge that being noble does not make one superior to others. Humility allows for the appreciation of different perspectives and values.
        • Compassion: Integrating compassion with nobility ensures that one’s actions and decisions are tempered with empathy and understanding toward others’ situations and limitations.
        • Wisdom: This virtue helps apply noble ideals in a practical and context-sensitive manner. It allows for flexibility and adaptability in moral decision-making, recognizing that life’s complexity often requires nuanced responses.

Remember, the goal is not to diminish the importance of nobility but to enrich it by integrating these complementary virtues. This holistic approach ensures a well-rounded and truly noble character that not only upholds high ideals but also remains empathetically connected to the realities of the human experience. This balance is the essence of living a truly noble and fulfilling life.