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The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

Let him who expects one class of society to prosper in the highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side ;of the face can smile while the other is pinched.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

Each class of society has its own requirements; but it may be said that every class teaches the one immediately below it; and if the highest class be ignorant, uneducated, loving display, luxuriousness, and idle, the same spirit will prevail in humbler life.

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Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.


Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

If experience has established any one thing in this world, it has established this: that it is well for any great class and description of men in society to be able to say for itself what it wants, and not to have other classes, the so-called educated and intelligent classes, acting for it as its proctors, and supposed to understand its wants and to provide for them. A class of men may often itself not either fully understand its wants, or adequately express them; but it has a nearer interest and a more sure diligence in the matter than any of its proctors, and therefore a better chance of success.

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) British poet and cultural critic.

The traveler to the United States will do well to prepare himself for the class-consciousness of the natives. This differs from the already familiar English version in being more extreme and based more firmly on the conviction that the class to which the speaker belongs is inherently superior to all others.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.

Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

I am his Highness dog at Kew; pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.