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Intercourse is the soul of progress.
      - Charles Buxton

Formed of two mighty tribes, the bores and bored.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Society itself, which should create
  Kindness, destroys what little we had got:
    To feel for none is the true social art
      Of the world's stoics--men without a heart.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But now being lifted into high society,
  And having pick'd up several odds and ends
    Of free thoughts in his travels for variety,
      He deem'd, being in a lone isle, among friends,
        That without any danger of a riot, he
          Might for long lying make himself amends;
            And singing as he sung in his warm youth,
              Agree to a short armistice with truth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 83)

Society is the true sphere of human virtue. In social, active life, difficulties will perpetually be met with; restraints of many kinds will be necessary; and studying to behave right in respect of these is a discipline of the human heart, useful to others, and improving to itself. Suffering is no duty, but where it is necessary to avoid guilt, or to do good; nor pleasure a crime, but where it strengthens the influence of bad inclinations, or lessens the generous activity of virtue.
      - Elizabeth Carter

Society is composed of two great classes,--those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

The world either breaks or hardens the heart.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

I'd rather be dead than cool.
      - Kurt Cobain, in the song "Stay Away"

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
      - Jean Cocteau

As we ascend in society, like those who climb a mountain, we shall find that the line of perpetual congelation commences with the higher circles; and the nearer we approach to the grand luminary the court, the more frigidity and apathy shall we experience.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is in the middle classes of society that all the finest feeling, and the most amiable propensities of our nature do principally nourish and abound. For the good opinion of our fellow-men is the strongest though not the purest motive to virtue. The privations of poverty render us too cold and callous, and the privileges of property too arrogant and confidential, to feel; the first places us beneath the influence of opinion--the second, above it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Those who have resources within themselves, who can dare to live alone, want friends the least, but, at the same time, best know how to prize them the most. But no company is far preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We submit to the society of those that can inform us, but we seek the society of those whom we can inform. And men of genius ought not to be chagrined if they see themselves neglected. For when we communicate knowledge, we are raised in our own estimation; but when we receive it, we are lowered.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Those families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand.
      - James Fenimore Cooper,
        The Ways of the Hour (ch. VI)

Man in society is like a flow'r,
  Blown in its native bed. 'Tis there alone
    His faculties expanded in full bloom
      Shine out, there only reach their proper use.
      - William Cowper

The rout is Folly's circle, which she draws
  With magic wand. So potent is the spell,
    That none decoy'd into that fatal ring,
      Unless by Heaven's peculiar grace, escape.
        There we grow early gray, but never wise.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 627)

To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
      - Angela Davis

Ants are good citizens they place group interests first.
      - Clarence Day

Popular privileges are consistent with a state of society in which there is great inequality of position. Democratic rights, on the contrary, demand that there should be equality of condition as the fundamental basis of the society they regulate.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Sweet reader! you know what a toady is?--that agreeable animal which you meet every day in civilized society.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The eyes of the social herd, who always observe little things, and generally form from them their opinions of great affairs.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Besides the general infusion of wit to heighten civility, the direct splendor of intellectual power is ever welcome in fine society, as the costliest addition to its rule and its credit.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human society is made up of partialities. Each citizen has an interest and a view of his own, which, if followed out to the extreme, would leave no room for any other citizen.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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