Every time a superior person who has position invades the rights and liberties and the dignity of an inferior person, he degrades himself, he retards and debases his own manhood when he does it.
Our middle classes, who are comfortable and irresponsible at other people’s expense… are neither ashamed of that condition nor even conscious of it.
Class is a communist concept. It groups people in bundles, and sets them against one another.
She is nether fish nor fowl.
Rank, n. Relative elevation in the scale of human worth.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between tax payers and tax consumers.
Among the lower classes of mankind there will be found very little desire of any other knowledge than what may contribute immediately to the relief of some pressing uneasiness, or the attainment of some near advantage.
We have democratized elitism in this country. There is no longer a clear pecking order, with the Vanderbilts and the Biddles and the Roosevelts at the top and everybody else down below. Everybody gets to be an aristocrat now. And the number of social structures is infinite. You can be an outlaw-biker aristocrat, a corporate-real-estate […]
Class is the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.