Social Status Quotes

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Criss Jami
“To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Stieg Larsson
“As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.”
Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

“Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.”
Italian Proverb

Aravind Adiga
“But isn't it likely that everyone in this world...has killed someone or other on their way to the top?...All I wanted was a chance to be a man--and for that, one murder is enough.”
Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The last time everyone loved or at least liked everyone was when the world had a population of about 4.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Pawan Mishra
“It was a time when a degree was expected but not much respected.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Steven Erikson
“People of civilized countenance made much of exposing the soft underbellies of their psyche - effete and sensitive were the brands of finer breeding. It was easy for them, safe, and that was the whole point, after all: a statement of coddled opulence that burned the throats of the poor more than any ostentatious show of wealth.”
Steven Erikson, Deadhouse Gates

Ernest Bramah
“It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one's time in looking for the sacred Emperor in the low-class tea-shops.”
Ernest Bramah, Wallet of Kai Lung

Margaret Stohl
“The very rich and the very poor have so much in common... no one expects them to conform to social niceties. It’s only those of us in the middle who must constantly prove our worth to both sides.”
Margaret Stohl, Jo & Laurie

“Ones Turd smells the same be of Servant or Prince (English Translation)”
Ricardo Arjona

Amit Kalantri
“If where you are is worthwhile then where you are from doesn't matter.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Peter Heller
“Rich people are another species. Sort of lost in their own way. It's a good thing they have country clubs and shit because it keeps them kinda corralled up in one place.”
Peter Heller, The River

Edmund Morris
“Except for the two years he had lived with cowboys in North Dakota,and being the employer of a dozen or so servants,Roosevelt had never had to suffer any prolonged intimacy with the working class.From infancy,he had enjoyed the perquisites of money and social position.The money,through his own mismanagement,had often run short,and he was by no means wealthy even now, but he had always taken exclusivity for granted.”
Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt

Amit Kalantri
“Those who cannot win trophies and medals, they create status symbols for themselves.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Alexandre Dumas
“What my family seeks in this marriage is prestige; what I seek is happiness.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Imogen Hermes Gowar
“For class is a type of bubble, a membrane around one, and although one might grow within this membrane, and strain against it, it is impossible to break free from it. And a man of nobility is always such in his soul, however he may fall; and a man of humble sort is always such in his soul, however he may climb.”
Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

William Faulkner
“We had long thought of them as a tableau; Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a straddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door.”
William Faulkner , A Rose for Emily

Marc Grossberg
“On social barriers, VJ Simon, the Indian-Jewish venture capitalist in The Best People observed: "Some of those rich and powerful people I met risked a few dollars with me. They only risked money. They didn't risk their social status. We never met at one of their clubs. We had lunch at Elegante. I thought of it as the five o' clock curtain.”
Marc Grossberg, The Best People: A Tale of Trials and Errors

“Social Status: A consequential state of mind derived by one’s ego, by comparing themself to others.”
Adrian Leslie Lobo

Abhijit Naskar
“Until the billionaire and the janitor become equal in your eyes, you are yet to be a civilized human.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hurricane Humans: Give me accountability, I'll give you peace

Abhijit Naskar
“Democracy driven by populism leads to a savage, superstitious and divided society, not a civilized, thinking and united one.”
Abhijit Naskar, Time to End Democracy: The Meritocratic Manifesto

“W latach dziewięćdziesiątych zrąbane pokolenie zajęło wszystkie stołki i do tej pory w nie pierdzi. I pal sześć, że to wszystko niekompetentne pały. Ważne, że kutas to jaśnie pan dyrektor, albo jego wysokość prezes. Dłużej w takiej robocie mogą wytrzymać tylko obłudne kurwy i lizusy. Kontakt z nimi to jak codzienny gwałt na mózgu. Kurwa, naprawdę. nienawidzę, nienawidzę tego kraju.”
Tomasz Węcki, Wtajemniczenie

Amit Kalantri
“Compare the luxuries with a neighbour to feel bad, compare the miseries with a neighbour to feel good.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“American society places tremendous importance upon egocentric behavior. Americans are encouraged to set ourselves apart from the group. Whereas in some societies it is an aberration to go against the whole, Americans celebrate the individual over the group. Public schools teach American grade school children that they are the captains of their destiny. American schools and society inculcate schoolchildren to measure their level of success in terms of individual accomplishments. A winner versus loser mentality prevails in American culture. Winners are the recipients of life’s economic awards. We are taught that possessing financial wherewithal will assist us attain exalted social status. Social status in turn allows select people to wield the power of influence. The silent audience consists of the economically deprived, the societal castaways whom we are taught to shun for lacking the temperament to succeed. A strong sense of self not only helps a person survive, but American society keeps score of a person’s economic victories and defeats. Americans measure the intrinsic value of our lives and recognize other people’s status principally in terms of each person’s relative economic resources.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Americans need no strong sense of personal identity premised upon personal values or shared experiences. Many of us gladly traded in a moral and ethical characterization of self for an identity provided by our jobs and brand name consumer goods. We describe ourselves to new acquaintances by stating our vocations. We all know the class ranking system associated with our respective occupations. Whatever trendy neighborhood development we reside in establishes our social class. We are what we drive to work, what we do for a living, what exclusive clubs we belong as members, what teams we root for, and what artists we follow. Instead of working to develop a mature inward state of consciousness and expand their knowledge of the world, many Americans including me suffer from a juvenile tendency to define ourselves based upon our embodied social status. Americans promote their status by touting their jobs, the housing developments that we live in, and the designer clothes and sportswear that we clad ourselves.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Brent Hartinger
“This time, there were things I'd be giving up forever. My visa to the Land of the Popular, for one thing, and probably even my return ticket to the Borderlands of Respectability.”
Brent Hartinger, Geography Club

Steve Maraboli
“Some people have impressive job titles and social status. As distracting as it may be, I'll never let that blind me from how they treat others. That's where character is revealed.”
Steve Maraboli

Gustave Le Bon
“Between the extreme limits of this series would find a place all the forms of prestige resulting from the different elements composing a civilisation -- sciences, arts, literature, &c. -- and it would be seen that prestige constitutes the fundamental element of persuasion. Consciously or not, the being, the idea, or the thing possessing prestige is immediately imitated in consequence of contagion, and forces an entire generation to adopt certain modes of feeling and of giving expression to its thought. This imitation, moreover, is, as a rule, unconscious, which accounts for the fact that it is perfect. The modern painters who copy the pale colouring and the stiff attitudes of some of the Primitives are scarcely alive to the source of their inspiration. They believe in their own sincerity, whereas, if an eminent master had not revived this form of art, people would have continued blind to all but its naïve and inferior sides. Those artists who, after the manner of another illustrious master, inundate their canvasses with violet shades do not see in nature more violet than was detected there fifty years ago; but they are influenced, "suggestioned," by the personal and special impressions of a painter who, in spite of this eccentricity, was successful in acquiring great prestige. Similar examples might be brought forward in connection with all the elements of civilisation.

It is seen from what precedes that a number of factors may be concerned in the genesis of prestige; among them success was always one of the most important.
Every successful man, every idea that forces itself into recognition, ceases, ipso facto, to be called in question. The proof that success is one of the principal stepping-stones to prestige is that the disappearance of the one is almost always followed by the disappearance of the other. The hero whom the crowd acclaimed yesterday is insulted to-day should he have been overtaken by failure. The re-action, indeed, will be the stronger in proportion as the prestige has been great. The crowd in this case considers the fallen hero as an equal, and takes its revenge for having bowed to a superiority whose existence it no longer admits.”
Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

Daniel Thorman
“I was soon to discover just which group served as the bottom-most rung of the caravan’s social ladder.”
Daniel Thorman, Chaos in the Caravan