Quotes About Elitism

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Isaac Asimov
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
Isaac Asimov

Winston S. Churchill
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston S. Churchill

H.L. Mencken
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken

Mark Twain
“When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.”
Mark Twain

Friedrich Nietzsche
“They're so cold, these scholars!
May lightning strike their food
so that their mouths learn how
to eat fire!”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Esther M. Friesner
“If one cannot learn from the mistakes of others, one might as well become a Democrat.”
Esther M. Friesner, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

Dan Rather
“An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger. ”
Dan Rather

Helen Keller
“I do not mean to object to a thorough knowledge of the famous works we read. I object only to the interminable comments and bewildering criticisms that teach but one thing: there are as many opinions as there are men.”
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Michel Foucault
“There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than "politicians" think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas (and because it constantly produces them) that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.”
Michel Foucault

Haruki Murakami
“I love pop culture -- the Rolling Stones, the Doors, David Lynch, things like that.
That's why I said I don't like elitism.”
Haruki Murakami

Glenn Greenwald
“Incestuous, homogeneous fiefdoms of self-proclaimed expertise are always rank-closing and mutually self-defending, above all else.”
Glenn Greenwald

“The problem with call-in shows is quite simple, if you only dare to admit it: Democracy is best when not everyone can be heard all the time. If we are constantly reminded of all the stupid things that people say and think, it becomes rather difficult to remember the good and noble arguments for everyone to be able to participate and decide.”
Johan Hakelius

Marcel Proust
“She's on the stairs, ma'am, getting her breath,' said the young servant, who had not been long up from the country, where my mother had the excellent habit of getting all her servants. Often she had seen them born. That's the only way to get really good ones. And they're the rarest of luxuries.”
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove

Thomas Browne
“If there be any among those common objects of hatred which I can safely say I doe contemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, vertue and religion, the multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity, which taken asunder seeme men, and the reasonable creatures of God; but confused together, make but one great beast, & a monstrosity more prodigious than Hydra; it is no breach of Charity to call these fooles; it is the stile all holy Writers have afforded them, set down by Solomon in canonicall Scripture, and a point of our faith to beleeve so.”
Thomas Browne, Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall

“Never forget that it is we New Yorkers and New Englanders who have the monopoly of whatever oxygen there is in the American continent.”
Van Wyck Brooks

“Morality is what the queen expects from the hive, not from herself.”
Marty Rubin

John McCain
“I know where a lot of them [the elite or elitists] live.

Where's that?

Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there.”
John McCain

Francis Bacon
“I wonder why it is that the countries with the most nobles also have the most misery?”
Francis Bacon

Criss Jami
“Every category has its snobs: music, books, movies. There are so many things a man is only pressured into liking or disliking.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Thomas Sowell
“[beware that] “many of what are called social problems are differences between the theories of intellectuals and the realities of the world—differences which many intellectuals interpret to mean that it is the real world that is wrong and needs changing.”
Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

Alexis de Tocqueville
“The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democracy, from beneath which the old aristocratic colors sometimes peep.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

David Mitchell
“After years of working with missionaries, I am tempted to conclude that their endeavors merely prolong a dying race's agonies for ten or twenty years. The merciful plowman shoots a trusty horse grown too old for service. As philanthropists, might it not be our duty to likewise ameliorate the savages' sufferings by hastening their extinction? Think of your Red Indians, Adam, think on the treaties you Americans abrogate & renege on, time & time & time again. More humane, surely & more honest, just to knock the savages on the head & get it over with?”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“A "racist" thinks themselves better than other races. An "elitist" thinks they are better than everyone.”
A.E. Samaan

Friedrich Nietzsche
“To me, the masses seem to be worth a glance only in three respects: first as blurred copies of great men, presented on bad paper with worn out printing plates, then as the resistance against the great men, and finally as working implements of the great. For the rest, let the devil and statistics carry them off!”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Harold Holzer
“No greater mistake can be made than to assume that newspapers are correct indices of public opinion.”
Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Philip Zaleski
“We still thought that we were the only two people in the world who were interested in the right kind of things in the right kind of way. C.S. Lewis”
Philip Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams

George F. Will
“Liberalism is not fond of fun, or at least of many forms of fun that many people like.”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Of England's patrician class, the author writes: "It was easy to be agreeable when everything was done to keep them in comfort and ease.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

“Feelings of superiority always stem from an illusion.”
Marty Rubin

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