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SOCIETY
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Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface.
      - Washington Irving

Agreeable society is the first essential in constituting the happiness and of course the value of our existence.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Without society, and a society to our taste, men are never contented.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I live in the crowds of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. XVI)

A man who has tasted with profound enjoyment the pleasure of agreeable society will eat with a greater appetite than he who rode horseback for two hours. An amusing lecture is as useful for health as the exercise of the body.
      - Immanuel Kant

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in his inaugural speech, January 20, 1961

The wise man sometimes flees from society from fear of being bored.
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (V)

Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.
      - John Lahr, in the London "Guardian"

He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Captain Starkey

Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

God, having designed man for a sociable creature, furnished him with language, which was to be the instrument and cementer of society.
      - John Locke (1)

The Don Quixote of one generation may live to hear himself called the savior of society by the next.
      - James Russell Lowell, Don Quixote

Wherever progress ends, decline invariably begins; but remember that the healthful progress of society is like the natural life of man--it consists in the gradual and harmonious development of all its constitutional powers, all its component parts, and you introduce weakness and disease into the whole system whether you attempt to stint or to force its growth.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

The upper current of society presents no pertain criterion by which we can judge of the direction in which the under current flows.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

A system in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Essays--Moore's Life of Lord Byron

In society mediocrity is not alone dangerous, it is fatal.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.
      - Groucho Marx, Groucho and Me (ch. 26)

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
      - Margaret Mead,
        Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different.
      - Kate Millett

Old Lady T-sh-nd [Townshend] formerly observed that the human race might be divided into three separate classes--men, women and H-v-eys [Herveys].
      - attributed to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu,
        Letters and Works,
        (Lord Wharncliffe's Edition)

Man is a social animal formed to please in society.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

The state is the association of men, and not men themselves; the citizen may perish, and the man remain.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
  [Fr., La Societe est l'union des hommes, et non pas les hommes.]
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat),
        De l'Esprit (X, 3)

This new rage for rhyming badly,
  Which late hath seized all ranks and classes,
    Down to that new estate 'the masses.'
      - Thomas Moore, The Fudges in England
         (letter 4)


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