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Quotes of the Day for 26 November 2001 – Classes

It was on this day in the 1917 that the Bolshevik government banned all class privileges in the Russian Republic. They made rather a mess of it, but as today's quotes show, nobody is particularly comfortable with the idea that different classes should be treated differently.

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The quotes:

Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor.
     - Oscar Wilde

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
     - Ayn Rand

There are only two classes in good society in England: the equestrian classes and the neurotic classes.
     - George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950

Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it's one of the most charming things about them.
     - Germaine Greer

Society is composed of two great classes - those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
     - Sébastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort, 1741 - 1794


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