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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1251
AUTHOR: James Russell Lowell (1819–91)
QUOTATION: As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,
So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, “Yussouf,” lines 17–18, The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell, p. 376 (1900).

Inscription above the statue of Art, Main Reading Room, Library of Congress. The inscription was selected by Charles W. Eliot, president of Harvard.
SUBJECTS: Nobility