March 20, 2013

Lords and Ladies

Ricardo Martinez
"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us."
Jane Austen
Jason Seiler
"All our souls are written in our eyes"
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano De Bergerac
Paul Cox
"Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people."
- George Jean Nathan
Tim Bower
"During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks."
John James Audubon
Mark Summers
"Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as miracles. But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law."
Elisha Gray
Gary Kelley
"One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time."
Gioachino Rossini
Gregory Manchess
"I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself."
- Emily Bronte
Bill Sanderson
"Necessity dispenseth with decorum."
-Thomas Carlyle
Edward Kinsella III
"Somebody did indeed ask me what kind of feather it is I'm wearing. Well, there are only two specimins of this rare bird known to man. One of them has clearly ended up on top of my head, and the other - rumor has it he's running for office in the Tory Party."
-Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire (character), The Duchess, 2008
John Mattos
"If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."
-J. P. Morgan
David Johnson
"The very rich can afford to give offense wherever they go. - We need not care for his good opinion."
- Elizabeth Bennett (character), Pride and Prejudice 1995
Kent Barton
"The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it."
- Lytton Strachey
Ted Wright
"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents."
Thomas Jefferson
C.F. Payne
"My only books were woman's looks, and folly's all they've taught me."
Thomas More
Andrew R. Wright
"Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves."
Emily Bronte
Tyler Jacobson
"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents."
Thomas Jefferson
Tran Nguyen
"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues."
Ambrose Bierce
Kinuko Y. Craft
"Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride."
- Charles Caleb Colton
Douglas Smith
"I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity."
- Camille Paglia
James Bennett
"Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.
- George C. Lichtenberg
David Palumbo
"Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference."
- Albert Camus
Chase Stone
"All day long the superior man is creatively active."
- Fu Xi, The I Ching, or Book of Changes

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