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Class

  • ... I can assure you that the class system is alive and well and living in people's minds in England.

  • The aristocrat, when he wants to, has very good manners. The Scottish upper classes, in particular, have that shell-shocked look that probably comes from banging their heads on low beams leaping to their feet whenever a woman comes into the room. Aristocrats are also deeply male chauvinist, and ... on the whole they tend to be reactionary.

  • The leisure class is one in which individuals have sufficient economic security and sufficient leisure to find opportunity for a variety of satisfactions in life.

  • From class consciousness to class hatred was but a step.

  • For they were undertaking a hazardous feat compared to which hunting big game or living among hostile savages is sport for children. They were moving from one social class to the one above it.

  • [Asked if she thought class barriers had come down:] Of course they have, or I wouldn't be sitting here talking to someone like you.

  • In a true democracy everyone can be upper class and live in Connecticut.

  • Being upper class is more than a matter of money, though money counts. ... Upper class means a certainty of belonging, an assumption of one's importance in the world. ... the U.S. aristocracy is institutionalized in U.S. history and in the mythology that transcends it. Take away black studies, women's studies, ethnic studies, Jewish studies, labor history, Chicano studies, Native American studies: what is left is what has passed for 'history' with no qualifying adjective, the story of those whose belonging was never disputed.

    • Susanna J. Sturgis,
    • "Class/Act," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()
  • An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.

  • ... there were few if any Englishmen, even to the lowliest subject, who did not possess an inborn reverence for the next man above him and a corresponding contempt for the other one, just down the line.