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Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.

John Gay (1685-1732) English poet and dramatist.

A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.


A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.

Ben Jonson (1573-1637) English dramatist, poet and actor.

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.

Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German author.

Rascals are always sociable -- more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.