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Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862+1
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 1934-20140
God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.
David Herbert Lawrence
English writer 1885-19300
I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
John Kenneth Galbraith
American economist 1908-20060
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 1920-20060
Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.
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 1854-19000
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 1842-1914-1
Respectability: The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.Source: The Devil's Dictionary