Respectability quotes
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.

- Plutarch
The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.

- George Bernard Shaw
RESPECTABILITY, n. The offspring of a _liaison_ between a bald head and a bank account.

- Ambrose Bierce
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.

- Bonaparte, Napoleon
Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.

- Crisp, Quentin
Respect a man, he will do it the more.

- Howell, James
Prestige is the shadow of money and power. Where these are, there it is. Like the national market for soap or automobiles and the enlarged arena of federal power, the national cash-in area for prestige has grown, slowly being consolidated into a truly national system.

- Mills, C. Wright
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.

- Aesop
It seems to me that the god that is commonly worshipped in civilized countries is not at all divine, though he bears a divine name, but is the overwhelming authority and respectability of mankind combined. Men reverence one another, not yet God.

- Thoreau, Henry David
INCOME, n. The natural and rational gauge and measure of respectability, the commonly accepted standards being artificial, arbitrary and fallacious; for, as "Sir Sycophas Chrysolater" in the play has justly remarked, "the true use and function of property (in whatsoever it consisteth -- coins, or land, or houses, or merchant- stuff, or anything which may be named as holden of right to one's own subservience) as also of honors, titles, preferments and place, and all favor and acquaintance of persons of quality or ableness, are but to get money. Hence it followeth that all things are truly to be rated as of worth in measure of their serviceableness to that end; and their possessors should take rank in agreement thereto, neither the lord of an unproducing manor, howsoever broad and ancient, nor he who bears an unremunerate dignity, nor yet the pauper favorite of a king, being esteemed of level excellency with him whose riches are of daily accretion; and hardly should they whose wealth is barren claim and rightly take more honor than the poor and unworthy."

- Ambrose Bierce
The Miss America contest is the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.

- Early, Gerald
We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth.

- Voltaire
If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society.

- Proverb, Greek
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

- Camus, Albert
Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The seven deadly sins... food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.

- Shaw, George Bernard
My life has been one long descent into respectability.

- Rice-Davies, Mandy
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.

- Oscar Wilde
If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.

- Gardner, John W.
Respect is love in plain clothes.

- Byrne, Frankie

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