respectability

Respectability quotes
Respectability
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Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.

- Chamfort, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De
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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
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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
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My life has been one long descent into respectability.

- Rice-Davies, Mandy
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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
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RIDICULE, n. Words designed to show that the person of whom they are uttered is devoid of the dignity of character distinguishing him who utters them. It may be graphic, mimetic or merely rident. Shaftesbury is quoted as having pronounced it the test of truth -- a ridiculous assertion, for many a solemn fallacy has undergone centuries of ridicule with no abatement of its popular acceptance. What, for example, has been more valorously derided than the doctrine of Infant Respectability?

- Ambrose Bierce
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I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.

- Maistre, Joseph De
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In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.

- Dali, Salvador
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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.
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We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another.

- Thoreau, Henry David
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We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.

- Plutarch
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I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.

- Malcolm X
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Respect starts with yourself.

- Proverb
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The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved.

- Blake, William
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Reverence is one of the signs of strength, irreverence one of the surest indications of weakness. No man will rise high who jeers at sacred things. The fine loyalties of life must be reverenced or they will be fore sworn in the day of trial.

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I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.

- Humphrey, Hubert H.
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A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.

- Bonaparte, Napoleon
18.

Respect a man, he will do it the more.

- Howell, James
19.

The myths have always condemned those who looked back. Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision.

- Hammarskjold, Dag
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I hate victims who respect their executioners.

- Sartre, Jean-Paul


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