I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.
Author: Christopher Hampton (1946)
Profession: British Playwright
Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.
Author: Norman Mailer (1923)
Profession: American Author
Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed -- but never the husband).
Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)
Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator