noble man is one who dominates himself.
noble man is one who masters himself and loves to master himself;
the base man is one who does not master himself and shrinks in horror
from mastering himself.
noble man always maintains himself at the centre; he never loses
sight of the symbol, the spiritual gift of things, the sign of God,
a gratitude that is both ascending and radiating.
noble man is naturally detached from mean things, sometimes against
his own interests; and he is naturally generous through greatness
[Esoterism as Principle and as Way, Frithjof Schuon].