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I agree that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. - Thomas Jefferson
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. - G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Truth is the aristocracy of language. - Synesius, aka Synesius of Cyrene
Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance. - James Bryant Conant
I find it hard to imagine why God would want creatures like us solely to serve him: it's not as though he's in need of domestic help or anything like that. It also seems unnervingly close in attitude to the people who for many centuries thought it was simply their role in life to work for the aristocracy and the upper classes. To take pride in one's lowly position and to see that as confirming meaning on one's life seems to me indicative of what Nietzsche called 'slave mortality': sanctifying what is in reality an unfortunate position so as to make that place seem much more desirable than it really is. - Julian Baggini
The principal feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things — war and hunger and date rape — liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things.... It's a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don't have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal. - P. J. O'Rourke
Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos. - Polybius
In an age where public health has never been better provided for, and medical men enjoy a respect formerly reserved for the aristocracy and the clergy, millions of people are unwell, or merely feel unwell, or are in dread lest at some future time they may become unwell. - Robertson Davies
In an age where public health has never been better provided for, and medical men enjoy a respect formerly reserved for the aristocracy and the clergy, millions of people are unwell, or merely feel unwell, or are in dread lest at some future time they may become unwell. - Robertson Davies
Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls. - Anthony Hope, fully Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins
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