I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.
This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.
Dante (1265-1321) Italian philosopher, and poet.
What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) German-born Swiss novelist, and poet.
The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.
We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.
George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.