Quotes About Social Class

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Kimberly Derting
“ In the privacy of my dreams, I'm a warrior.”
Kimberly Derting, The Essence

George Bernard Shaw
“HIGGINS. Have you no morals, man?
DOOLITTLE [unabashed] Cant afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

George Orwell
“The train bore me away, through the monstrous scenery of slag-heaps, chimneys, piled scrap-iron, foul canals, paths of cindery mud criss-crossed by the prints of clogs. This was March, but the weather had been horribly cold and everywhere there were mounds of blackened snow. As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her—her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye. She had a round pale face, the usual exhausted face of the slum girl who is twenty-five and looks forty, thanks to miscarriages and drudgery; and it wore, for the second in which I saw it, the most desolate, hopeless expression I have ever-seen. It struck me then that we are mistaken when we say that ‘It isn’t the same for them as it would be for us,’ and that people bred in the slums can imagine nothing but the slums. For what I saw in her face was not the ignorant suffering of an animal. She knew well enough what was happening to her—understood as well as I did how dreadful a destiny it was to be kneeling there in the bitter cold, on the slimy stones of a slum backyard, poking a stick up a foul drain-pipe.”
George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

Charles Moore
“The rich run a global system that allows them to accumulate capital and pay the lowest possible price for labour. The freedom that results applies only to them. The many simply have to work harder, in conditions that grow ever more insecure, to enrich the few. Democratic politics, which purports to enrich the many, is actually in the pocket of those bankers, media barons and other moguls who run and own everything.”
Charles Moore

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The streets are a poor kid’s PlayStation™”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Ursula K. Le Guin
“This was the way he had to go; he had no choice. He had never had any choice. He was only a dreamer.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Christopher Hitchens
“Religions and states and classes and tribes and nations do not have to work or argue for their adherents and subjects. They more or less inherit them. Against this unearned patrimony there have always been speakers and writers who embody Einstein's injunction to 'remember your humanity and forget the rest.' It would be immodest to claim membership in this fraternity/sorority, but I hope not to have done anything to outrage it. Despite the idiotic sneer that such principles are 'fashionable,' it is always the ideas of secularism, libertarianism, internationalism, and solidarity that stand in need of reaffirmation.”
Christopher Hitchens, Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports

Christopher Hitchens
“Now, I have always wanted to agree with Lady Bracknell that there is no earthly use for the upper and lower classes unless they set each other a good example. But I shouldn't pretend that the consensus itself was any of my concern. It was absurd and slightly despicable, in the first decade of Thatcher and Reagan, to hear former and actual radicals intone piously against 'the politics of confrontation.' I suppose that, if this collection has a point, it is the desire of one individual to see the idea of confrontation kept alive.”
Christopher Hitchens, Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“For their holidays: the rich go see the world; the poor go see their parents.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Joseph O'Connor
“They had far more in common than either realised. One was born Catholic, the other Protestant. One was born Irish, the other British. But neither was the greatest difference between them. One was born rich and the other poor.”
Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea

Charlotte Brontë
“Do you think me, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

William Maxwell
“A gentleman doesn't have one set of manners for the house of a poor man and another for the house of someone with an income incomparable to his own.”
William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow

Christopher Hitchens
“In effect, nobody who is not from the losing classes has ever been thrust into a death cell in these United States.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“For their holidays: the rich’s kids travel the world; the poor’s kids roam around their grandparents’ yard.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Edith Wharton
“The people who take society as an escape from work are putting it to its proper use; but when it becomes the thing worked for it distorts all the relations of life.”
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

Oscar Wilde
“It lies like a leper in purple, it sits like a dead thing smeared with gold.”
Oscar Wilde

M.R.C. Kasasian
“The poor, I am told, are kind to each other but that is because they have nothing to lose,' he said. 'The rich cannot afford to be.”
M.R.C. Kasasian, The Mangle Street Murders

Zygmunt Bauman
“The main point about civility is...the ability to interact with strangers without holding
their strangeness against them and without pressing them to surrender it or to renounce
some or all the traits that have made them strangers in the first place.”
Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Modernity

“The peasant is the foundation of the state and must be governed with care. He must be allowed neither too much, nor too little, but just enough rice to live on and keep for seed in the following year. The remainder must be taken from him in tax.”
Honda Masanobu

“For a slave to be taught that he should no longer lie and cheat with revolutionary; more astonishing still was the slave's discovery that he did not want to lie or cheat and that he now loved the owner whom he had once resented and feared.”
John Charles Pollock, The Apostle: The Life of Paul

Betty  Smith
“Francie, huddled with other children of her kind, learned more that first day than she realized. She learned of the class system of a great Democracy.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Americans, whether armed or not, were still looking everywhere but at social class when parsing the texture of their lives. It wasn’t so much that stressed-out blue-collar folks were clinging bitterly to their guns and religion, as Barack Obama had posited while running for president. It was more that guns and religion were keeping them from feeling bitter about the indignities inflicted on the middle class.”
Dan Baum, Gun Guys: A Road Trip

“From what I could see, men or women, children or adults, young or aged, rich or poor, war was making everyone equal.”
Alephonsion Deng

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