Quotes by respectability
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Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862
It seems to me that the god that is commonly worshipped in civilized countries is not at all divine, though he bears a divine name, but is the overwhelming authority and respectability of mankind combined. Men reverence one another, not yet God.
Imamu Amiri Baraka
African-American writer of poetry, drama and fiction 1934-2014
God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.
David Herbert Lawrence
English writer 1885-1930
I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
John Kenneth Galbraith
American economist 1908-2006
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.Source: Fanny's First Play 85
American actress 1920-2006
Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.
American essayist and American 1952-
The Miss America contest is the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.
The seven deadly sins... food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
Irish writer 1854-1900
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can't blame them for that, can you?
American writer 1842-1914
Respectability: The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.Source: The Devil's Dictionary
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