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What will Mrs. Grundy say?
      - Thomas Morton, Speed the Plough
         (act I, sc. 1), (ed. 1808)

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

It is an aphorism in physic, that unwholesome airs, because perpetually sucked into the lungs, do distemper health more than coarser diet used but at set times. The like may be said of society, which, if good, is a better refiner of the spirits than ordinary books.
      - Francis Osborne (Osborn)

Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.
      - Thomas Paine

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
      - Theodore Parker

Society,--the only field where the sexes have ever met on terms of equality, the arena where character is formed and studied, the cradle and the realm of public opinion, the crucible of ideas, the world's university, at once a school and a theater, the spur and the crown of ambition, the tribunal which unmasks pretension and stamps real merit, the power that gives government leave to be, and outruns the lazy Church in fixing the moral sense of the eye.
      - Wendell Phillips

Man, like the generous vine, supported lives; the strength he gains is from the embrace he gives.
      - Alexander Pope

Heav'n forming each on other to depend,
  A master, or a servant, or a friend,
    Bids each on other for assistance call,
      Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 249)

Society is ever ready to worship success, but rarely forgives failure.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

An artist should be fit for the best society, and keep out of it.
      - John Ruskin

Society is the master, and man is the servant.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

[Man] is a social animal.
  [Lat., Sociale animal est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (bk. VII, 1)

Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
      - William Shakespeare

I am ill, but your being by me
  Cannot amend me; society is no comfort
    To one not sociable.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Imogen at IV, ii)

Whilst I was big in clamor, came there in a man,
  Who, having seen me in my worst estate,
    Shunned my abhorred society; but then, finding
      Who 'twas that so endured, with his strong arms
        He fastened on my neck, and bellowed out
          As he'd burst heaven, threw him on my father,
            Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him
              That ever ear received; which in recounting
                His grief puissant, and the strings of life
                  Began to crack.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at V, iii)

To make society
  The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself
    Till supper time alone.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, i)

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
      - George Bernard Shaw

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Society is composed of slow Christians and wide-awake sinners.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

We mingle in society not so much to meet others as to escape ourselves.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney),
        Discourses on Government
         (ch. II, sec. 18)

Ah, you flavour everything; you are the vanille of society.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 262)

As the French say, there are three sexes,--men, women, and clergymen.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 262)

The history of any private family, however humble, could it be fully related for five or six generations, would illustrate the state and progress of society better than the most elaborate dissertation.
      - Robert Southey

A village is a hive of glass, where nothing unobserved can pass.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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