Quotes: respectability

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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    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
    Imamu Amiri Baraka
    African-American writer of poetry, drama and fiction 1934-2014
    Imamu Amiri Baraka
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    God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.
  • David Herbert Lawrence
    David Herbert Lawrence
    English writer 1885-1930
    David Herbert Lawrence
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    I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    John Kenneth Galbraith
    American economist 1908-2006
    John Kenneth Galbraith
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    In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
  • Shelley Winters
    Shelley Winters
    American actress 1920-2006
    Shelley Winters
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    Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.
  • Gerald Early
    Gerald Early
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    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.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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    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.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
    Oscar Wilde
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    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.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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    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?
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