Quotations on Aristocracy

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Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Democracy, Suicide)

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Poetry, American, Aristocracy, Literary, Responsibility)

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Being, Danger, Ethics, Glory, Literature)

The present aristocracy of western culture, at the moment when it most clearly dominates the world, is being imitated rapidly and successfully in every eastern country.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Being, Country, Culture, Present, World)

The aristocracy of Western Europe has absolutely tabooed silver in those countries and driven it away from there. Here it finds its only resting place.
- Richard Parks Bland
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Countries, Europe)

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Government, Aristocracy, Democracy)

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
- James Bryant Conant
(Keywords: Life, Performance, Aristocracy, Excellence)

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy, which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy, an august civil polity or a great art.
- Ralph A. Cram
(Keywords: Art, Goal, Aristocracy, Effort, Perfection, Philosophy, Pursuit)

In revolt against this new and very evil thing came the republicanism of the eighteenth century, inspired and directed in large measure by members of the fast perishing aristocracy of race, character and tradition.
- Ralph A. Cram
(Keywords: Character, Aristocracy, Evil, Measure, Race, Tradition)

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Government, Hope, Strength, Aristocracy, Challenge, Corporations, Country, Defiance, Laws)

To add to our misery and despair, a bloated aristocracy has sent to China - the greatest and oldest despotism in the world - for a cheap working slave.
- Denis Kearney
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Despair, Misery, World)

The fate of you, the aristocracy of industry, will be as the fate of the aristocracy of land if you do not show that you have some humanity still among you.
- James Larkin
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Fate, Humanity, Land, Will)

An organized effort is making to deceive the people. There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold.
- Mary Elizabeth Lease
(Keywords: Thought, People, Progress, Aristocracy, Effort, Enemies, Gold, Royalty)

Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Law)

An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
- Nancy Mitford
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Fact, May)

Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
- George Jean Nathan
(Keywords: People, Aristocracy, Common sense, Nonsense, Privilege, World)

We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.
- Ezra Stiles
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Chance)

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war - faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.
- Lytton Strachey
(Keywords: Peace, War, Romance, Civilization, Action, Aristocracy, Chivalry, Old)

Our aristocracy, unlike that of Europe, is open to all comers.
- Josiah Strong
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Europe, Open)

The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy.
- Algernon Sydney
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Democracy, World)

A superfluity of wealth, and a train of domestic slaves, naturally banish a sense of general liberty, and nourish the seeds of that kind of independence that usually terminates in aristocracy.
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Keywords: Wealth, Aristocracy, Independence, Liberty, Sense)

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy.
- Xenophon
(Keywords: Government, Aristocracy, Laws)









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