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These families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand.

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

To attain excellence in society, an assemblage of qualifications is requisite: disciplined intellect, to think clearly, and to clothe thought with propriety and elegance; knowledge of human nature, to suit subject to character; true politeness, to prevent giving pain; a deep sense of morality, to preserve the dignity of speech; and a spirit of benevolence, to neutralize its asperities, and sanctify its powers.

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people.

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.

Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change.

Unless society can effect by education what Lord Monboddo holds man to have done by willing it, and can get rid of her tail, it will be wisest to let the educated classes keep their natural station at the head.

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.

We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.

We are more sociable, and get on better with people by the heart than the intellect.

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.

We must have the press of the crowd to draw virtue from us.

We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other.

What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Without good company all dainties lose their true relish, and like painted grapes, are only seen, not tasted.

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.

You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.


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