NOBLESSE OBLIGE

by The Chocolate Dictionary

A French expression meaning ‘nobility obliges’ – i.e. the obligation that comes with social rank, wealth, and power to conduct oneself in a noble manner. It would be interesting to know whether any aristocrat has been more obligingly noble than Baron Alphonse de Rothschild who, in his will of 1905, left 25,000 gold francs to his son-in-law Albert, “so that he might buy himself some chocolates”?

Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, financier, vineyard owner, philanthropist, art collector, racehorse owner/breeder, and confirmed chocophile. (image from: Wikipedia)

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