Quotes by respectable
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Joseph De Maistre
French diplomat and philosopher 1753-1821
I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.
French writer and philosopher (ps. of François Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
English writer 1709-1784
A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.
Henry Brooks Adams
American historian 1838-1918
As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
Australian physician, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology 1951-
Before the 20th century, the ulcer was not a respectable disease. Doctors would say, 'You're under a lot of stress.' Nineteenth-century Europe and America had all these crazy health spas and quack treatments.
American writer and criticus 1932-
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
Frederick the Great
Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786) 1712-1786
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
American writer, historian, and philosopher 1885-1981
Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.
Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862
Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.
English statesman, diplomat and writer (Philip Dormer Stanhope) 1694-1773
Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. They compose at most a merry fellow; and a merry fellow was never yet a respectable man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
I can reason down or deny everything, except this perpetual Belly: feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable.
American author 1874-1946
I simply contend that the middle-class ideal which demands that people be affectionate, respectable, honest and content, that they avoid excitements and cultivate serenity is the ideal that appeals to me, it is in short the ideal of affectionate family life, of honorable business methods.
English poet 1612-1680
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
In Poland born English writer 1857-1924
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
Irish writer 1852-1933
No place in England where everyone can go is considered respectable.
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