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Society develops wit, but its contemplation alone forms genius.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

"It is not safe for man to be alone," nor can all which the cold-hearted pedant stuns our ears with upon the subject ever give one answer of satisfaction to the mind; in the midst of the loudest vauntings of philosophy, nature will have her yearnings for society and friendship. A good heart wants something to be kind to; and the best parts of our blood, and the purest of our spirits suffer most under the destitution.
      - Laurence Sterne

Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

There are four varieties in society--the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.
      - Henri Taine (Hyppolyte Adolpe Taine)

Society is divided into two classes: the shearers and the shorn. We should always be with the former against the latter.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

I never mingled with men, but I came home less of a man than I went out.
      - Johannes Tauler (John Tauler) ("The Illuminated Doctor")

Cursed be the social lies that warp us from the living truth!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Society having ordained certain customs, men are bound to obey the law of society, and conform to its harmless orders.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray, Book of Snobs
         (ch. III)

We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.
      - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive for accumulating wealth, notwithstanding the cant that prevails on the subject of labor.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Society is as ancient as the world.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Philosophical Dictionary--Policy

There is no security in evil society, where the good are often made worse, the bad seldom better, for it is the peevish industry of wickedness to find or make a fellow. It is like they will be birds of a feather that use to flock together. For such commonly doth their conversation make us as they are with whom we use to converse.
      - Arthur Warwick

Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures; but associated with his kind, he works wonders.
      - Daniel Webster

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is onself.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        An Ideal Husband (act III)

I suppose Society is wonderfully delightful.
  To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Woman of No Importance (act III)

At present there is no distinction among the upper ten thousand of the city.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis,
        Necessity for a Promenade Drive

Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
  The dreary intercourse of daily life.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey

Society became my glittering bride,
  And airy hopes my children.
      - William Wordsworth, The Excursion
         (bk. III)

There is
  One great society along on earth:
    The noble Living and the noble Dead.
      - William Wordsworth, The Prelude (bk. XI)

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