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Every generation is a secret society and has incommunicable enthusiasm, tastes and interests which are a mystery both to its predecessor and to posterity.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office. Aesop It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.
Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are.
Somerset House in London where at one time English vital statistics were kept - birth, marriage and death records - was known as the egg factory "where they hatch 'em, match 'em, and dispatch 'em."
Socialism must come down from the brain and reach the heart.
Society can only exist on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
The cocktail party - as the name itself indicates - was originally invented by dogs. They are simply bottom-sniffings raised to the rank of formal ceremonies.
Two people can form a community by excluding a third.
The world has narrowed to a neighbourhood before it has broadened to a brotherhood.
There are only two families in the world, as a Grandmother of mine used to say, the haves and the have-nots.
What is a Communist? One who hath yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.
Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.
Society is now one polished horde, Formed of two mighty tribes, The Bores and the Bored.
Society, dead or alive, can have no charm without intimacy and no intimacy without an interest in trifles.
To be social is to be forgiving.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
The cocktail party - a device for paying off obligations to people you don't want to invite to dinner.
Vigorous societies harbour a certain extravagance of objectives.
In any assembly the simplest way to stop the transacting of business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.
Tolerably early in life I discovered that one of the unpardonable sins, in the eyes of most people, is for a man to go about unlabeled. The world regards such a person as the police do an unmuzzled dog.
Twenty per cent of the people in volunteer groups do ninety per cent of the work.
Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly.
Gentleman: one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.
Whatever people may say, the fastidious formal manner of the upper classes is preferable to the slovenly easygoing behaviour of the common middle class. In moments of crisis, the former know how to act, the latter become uncouth brutes.
The classes that wash most are those that work least.
Necessity is the constant scourge of the lower classes, ennui of the higher ones.
Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
Only a few human beings should grow to the square mile; they are commonly planted too close.
Tis the final conflict! Let each stand in his place! The international working class shall be the human race!
Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.
Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.
I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverance for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer.


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