Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.
Author: Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Profession: French Social Philosopher
It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble!
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer
You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist