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.
Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
Profession: British Poet, Critic
Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions: the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere, even in the areas of the bourgeois and the proletariat, what's left of them.
Author: Roland Barthes (1915-1980)
Profession: French Semiologist
The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer
Let the others have the charisma. I've got the class.
Author: George Bush (1924)
Profession: Forty-first President of the USA
Between richer and poorer classes in a free country a mutually respecting antagonism is much healthier than pity on the one hand and dependence on the other, as is, perhaps, the next best thing to fraternal feeling.
Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)
Profession: American Sociologist
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Profession: German-born American Physicist
By bourgeoisie is meant the class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labor. By proletariat, the class of modern wage laborers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labor power in order to live.
Author: Friedrich Engels (1820-1895)
Profession: German Social Philosopher
When we say a woman is of a certain social class, we really mean her husband or father is.
Author: Zoe Fairbairns
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.
Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
Profession: British Clergyman, Author
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.
Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)
Profession: American Economist
All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes.
Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)
Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman
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.
Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
Profession: British Novelist, Playwright
The want of education and moral training is the only real barrier that exists between the different classes of men. Nature, reason, and Christianity recognize no other. Pride may say Nay; but Pride was always a liar, and a great hater of the truth.
Author: Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)
Profession: Canadian Author
Throughout recorded time... there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other. The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable.
Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)
Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''
I am his Highness dog at Kew; pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator