Society is built upon trust. [ South ]
Society is the book of women. [ J. J. Rousseau ]
The pest of society is egotists. [ Emerson ]
Youth holds no society with grief. [ Euripides ]
Society is as ancient as the world. [ Voltaire ]
Solitude is sometimes best society. [ Milton ]
And rash enthusiasm in good society
Were nothing but a moral inebriety. [ Byron ]
Intercourse is the soul of progress. [ Charles Buxton ]
Society does not love its unmaskers. [ Emerson ]
The only possible society is oneself. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]
Children are the tomorrow of society. [ Whately ]
Religion is the basis of civil society. [ Burke ]
Good offices are the cement of society. [ Proverb ]
Wise men have but few of their society. [ Proverb ]
Among unequals what society
Can sort, what harmony or true delight? [ Milton ]
The public is the majority of a society. [ Johnson ]
Human society is made up of partialities. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar. [ Byron ]
Justice is the great end of civil society. [ David Dudley Field ]
Society is no comfort to one not sociable. [ William Shakespeare ]
People are to be taken in very small doses. [ Emerson ]
Grief best is pleased with grief's society. [ Shakespeare ]
There is a society in the deepest solitude. [ Isaac Disraeli ]
Society, when it is not frantic, is idiotic. [ Lamennais ]
Individuals, not stations, ornament society. [ William Ewart Gladstone ]
Brook! whose society the poet seeks,
Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
And whom the curious painter doth pursue
Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks.
And tracks thee dancing down thy waterbreaks. [ Wordsworth ]
The world either breaks or hardens the heart. [ Chamfort ]
Society is the master, and man is the servant. [ G. A. Sala ]
Heaven, without good society, cannot be heaven. [ Proverb ]
Unhappy he! who from the first of joys.
Society, cut off, is left alone
Amid this world of death. Day after day.
Sad on the jutting eminence he sits,
And views the main that ever toils below;
Still fondly forming in the farthest verge,
Where the round ether mixes with the wave.
Ships, dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds;
At evening, to the setting sun he turns
A mournful eye, and down his dying heart
Sinks helpless. [ Thomson ]
The society of ladies is a school of politeness. [ Proverb ]
Society is now one polished horde
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored. [ Byron ]
Formed of two mighty tribes, the bores and bored. [ Byron ]
Society welcomes only those who amuse, or flatter. [ De Finod ]
Taste is to literature what hon ton is in society. [ Mme. de Sta31 ]
As society advances the standard of poverty rises. [ Theodore Parker ]
The great hope of society is individual character. [ Channing ]
What society wants is a new motive, not a new cant. [ Macaulay ]
Society rests upon conscience and not upon science. [ Amiel ]
Man is a social animal formed to please in society. [ Montesquieu ]
The society of woman is the element of good manners. [ Goethe ]
We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other. [ Chamfort ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves. [ Montesquieu ]
The wealth of society is its stock of productive labor. [ Sir James Mackintosh ]
God put in man thought; society, action; Nature, revery. [ Victor Hugo ]
The greatest pleasure in life is the society of a friend. [ Mayo ]
Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society. [ Montaigne ]
In society mediocrity is not alone dangerous, it is fatal. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]
Rules of society are nothing; one's conscience is the umpire. [ Mme. Dudevant ]
Cursed be the social lies that warp us from the living truth! [ Tennyson ]
The hypocrite hurts himself; the libertine the whole society. [ Proverb ]
We make others judgment our own by frequenting their society. [ Thomas Fuller ]
Society is composed of slow Christians and wide-awake sinners. [ H. W. Shaw ]
The majority of a society is the true definition of the public. [ Johnson ]
Society develops wit, but its contemplation alone forms genius. [ Mme. de Stael ]
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Society becomes my glittering bride, and airy hopes my children. [ Wordsworth ]
An artist should be fit for the best society, and keep out of it. [ Ruskin ]
He that lives alone lives in danger; society avoids many dangers. [ Marcus Antoninus ]
Solitude shows us what we should be; society shows us what we are. [ Cecil ]
Society is divided into two classes: the fleecers and the fleeced. [ Talleyrand ]
One can be instructed in society; one is inspired only in solitude. [ Goethe ]
Nature has no promise for society, least of all, any remedy for sin. [ Horace Bushnell ]
Where fraud and falsehood invade society, the band presently breaks. [ South ]
Without justice society is sick, and will continue sick till it dies. [ Froude ]
'Tis the fine souls who serve us, and not what is called fine society. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Society is ever ready to worship success, but rarely forgives failure. [ Mme. Roland ]
Society has gone to the dogs: a lot of nobodies talking about nothing. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]
The society of women endangers men's morals and refines their manners. [ Montesquieu ]
We mingle in society not so much to meet others as to escape ourselves. [ H. W. Shaw ]
To be in society is merely a bore, but to be out of it simply a tragedy. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
Society depends upon women. The nations who confine them are unsociable. [ Voltaire ]
The want of occupation is no less the plague of society than of solitude. [ Rousseau ]
Society would be a charming thing if we were only interested in one another. [ Chamfort ]
In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary. [ Goldsmith ]
Men would not live long in society if they were not the dupes of each other. [ La Bruyere ]
A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend. [ Holmes ]
We meet in society many attractive women whom we would fear to make our wives. [ D'Harleville ]
London society is entirely composed of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]
No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases. [ John Ruskin ]
Women of society, as well as Hottentots, run naturally to ornaments and gewgaws. [ Pere Dumas ]
Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places. [ Emerson ]
Never speak disrespectfully of society. Only people who can't get into it do that. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]
The virtue most in request in society is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. [ Emerson ]
Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul! sweetener of life! and solder of society! [ H. Blair ]
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. [ Lowell ]
I have hope that society may be reformed, when I see how much education may be reformed. [ Leibnitz ]
Silence often expresses more powerfully than speech the verdict and judgment of society. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]
Nature had made occupation a necessity; society makes it a duty; habit may make it a pleasure. [ Capelle ]
There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life. [ L. E. Landon ]
Half the gossip of society would perish if the books that are truly worth reading were but read. [ George Dawson ]
A bachelor seeks a wife to avoid solitude; a married man seeks society to avoid the tête-à-tête. [ De Varennes ]
To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
Conversation in society is found to be on a platform so low as to exclude science, the saint, and the poet. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Without the ideal, this inexhaustible source of all progress, what would man be? and what would society be? [ E. de Girardin ]
Casuists who made absolute chastity a virtue, have produced but false appearances in a hypocritical society. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]
As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor. [ Dr. Johnson ]
In experiencing the ills of nature, one despises death; in learning the evils of society, one despises life. [ Chamfort ]
For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves. [ Bacon ]
He who, in an enlightened and literary society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child. [ Macaulay ]
If one could only teach the English how to talk and the Irish how to listen society would be quite civilized. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]
It is not enough to be an upright man, we must be seen to be one: society does not exist on moral ideas only. [ Balzac ]
Sweet reader, do you know what a toady is? That agreeable animal which you meet every day in civilised society. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]
The future of society is in the hands of the mothers. If the world was lost through woman, she alone can save it. [ De Beaufort ]
Society does not exist for itself, but for the individual; and man goes into it, not to lose, but to find himself. [ Phillips Brooks ]
A society of people will cursorily represent a certain culture, though there is not a gentleman or a lady in the group. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as the blazing meteor when it descends to the earth is only a stone. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Society is the atmosphere of souls; and we necessarily imbibe from it something which is either infectious or healthful. [ Bishop Hall ]
Never argue. In society nothing must be: give only results. If any person differs from you, bow, and turn the conversation. [ Beaconsfield ]
Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change. [ Chamfort ]
Etiquette is the ceremonial code of polite life, more voluminous and minute in each portion of society according to its rank. [ J. R. MacCulloch ]
A gentleman is always a gentleman; but the butterflies of society differ as much in their moods as does that insect in its colors. [ Mme. Dufresnoy ]
Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. [ Chamfort ]
Great minds do indeed react on the society which has made them what they are; but they only pay with interest what they have received. [ Macaulay ]
Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease. [ La Roche ]
The tree of the world hath its poisons, but beareth two fruits of exquisite flavor, the nectar of poetry and the society of noble men. [ Hitopadesa ]
Come forward, some great marshal, and organize equality in society, and your rod shall swallow up all the juggling old court gold-sticks. [ Thackeray ]
The conversation of women in society resembles the straw used in packing china: it is nothing, yet, without it, everything would be broken. [ Mme. de Salm ]
Pride is a vice not only dreadfully mischievous in human society, but perhaps of all others, the most insuperable bar to real inward improvement. [ Mrs. E. Carter ]
Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts. [ Zimmermann ]
Great acts grow out of great occasions, and great occasions spring from great principles, working changes in society and tearing it up by the roots. [ Hazlitt ]
In all societies it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest. In the grand theater of human life a box ticket takes you through the house. [ Colton ]
I think we cannot too strongly attack superstition, which is the disturber of society; nor too highly respect genuine religion, which is the support of it. [ Rousseau ]
Public opinion is the atmosphere of Society, without which the forces of the individual would collapse, and all the institutions of society fly into atoms. [ W. R. Alger ]
Between two beings susceptible to love, the duration of love depends upon the first resistance of the woman, or the obstacles that society puts in their way. [ Balzac ]
Qualities of a too superior order render a man less adapted to society. One does not go to market with big lumps of gold; one goes with silver or small change. [ Chamfort ]
Government is the greatest combination of forces known to human society. It can command more men and raise more money than any and all other agencies combined. [ D. D. Field ]
How sweet it would be to live in society if the countenance always reflected the disposition, if decency were virtue, and if our maxims were our rules of action. [ J. J. Rousseau ]
Equality is the life of conversation; and he is as much out who assumes to himself any part above another, as he who considers himself below the rest of the society. [ Steele ]
Nothing is more deeply punished than the neglect of the affinities by which alone society should be formed, and the insane levity of choosing associates by others eyes. [ Emerson ]
The very society of joy redoubles it; so that, whilst it lights upon my friend it rebounds upon myself, and the brighter his candle burns the more easily will it light mine. [ South ]
Everywhere the strong have made the laws and oppressed the weak; and, if they have sometimes consulted the interests of society, they have always forgotten those of humanity. [ Turgot ]
Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman, I care not what his stamp may be in society; I care not what clothes be wears, or what culture he boasts. [ Chapin ]
Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. [ Bolingbroke ]
What we call the heart is a nervous sensation, like shyness, which gradually disappears in society. It is fervent in the nursery, strong in the domestic circle, tumultuous at school. [ Beaconsfield ]
Society, that distills so many poisons, resembles that serpent of India whose abode is the leaf of the plant that cures its bite: society usually offers a remedy for the sufferings it causes. [ A. de Musset ]
As the air and manner of a gentleman can be acquired only by living habitually in the best society, so grace in composition must be attained by an habitual acquaintance with classical writers. [ Dugald Stewart ]
The generality of princes, if they were stripped of their purple and cast naked on the world, would immediately sink to the lowest rank of society, without a hope of emerging from their obscurity. [ Gibbon ]
To live without bitterness, one must turn his eyes toward the ludicrous side of the world, and accustom himself to look at men only as jumping jacks, and at society as the board on which they jump. [ Chamfort ]
Consider what importance to society the chastity of women is. Upon that all the property in the world depends. We hang a thief for stealing a sheep; but the unchastity of a woman transfers sheep and farm and all from the right owner. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Out of the fictitious book I get the expression of the life, of the times, of the manners, of the merriment, of the dress, the pleasure, the laughter, the ridicules of society. The old times live again. Can the heaviest historian do more for me? [ Thackeray ]
Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has women to back him, and women rule society. If you have not got women on your side you are quite over. You might as well be a barrister, or a stock-broker, or a journalist at once. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
Civilized society feels that manners are of more importance than morals, and the highest respectability is of less value than the possession of a good chef. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for cold entrees, nor an irreproachable private life for a bad dinner and poor wines. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]
It is a beautiful self-denial for the affluent to set an example of neatness, plainness, and simplicity. Such an influence is peculiarly salutary in our state of society, where the large class of young females, who earn a subsistance by labor, are so addicted to the love of finery. [ Mrs. Sigourney ]
Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the worst there. [ Quarles ]
The physical plagues and the calamities of human nature have rendered society necessary. Society has added to the evils of nature; the imperfections of society have created the necessity for government, and government adds still further to the woes of society: this is the whole history of humanity. [ Chamfort ]
Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity. One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality. [ Goldsmith ]
Might I give counsel to any young hearer, I would say to him, try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and life is the most wholesome society; learn to admire rightly; the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admire, - they admired great things; narrow spirits admire basely, and worship meanly. [ Thackeray ]
An observant man, in all his intercourse with society and the world, carries a pencil constantly in his hand, and, unperceived, marks on every person and thing the figure expressive of its value, and therefore instantly on meeting that person or thing again, knows what kind and degree of attention to give it. This is to make something of experience. [ John Foster ]
We must have kings, we must have nobles; nature is always providing such in every society; only let us have the real instead of the titular. In every society some are born to rule, and some to advise. The chief is the chief all the world over, only not his cap and plume. It is only this dislike of the pretender which makes men sometimes unjust to the true and finished man. [ Emerson ]
The habit of exaggeration in language should be guarded against; it misleads the credulous and offends the perceptive; it imposes on us the society of a balloon, when a moderately-sized skull would fill the place much better; it begets much evil in promising what it cannot perform, and we have often found the most glowing declarations of intended good services end in mere Irish vows. [ Eliza Cook ]
We readily excuse paralytics from labor; and shall we be angry with a hypochondriac for not being cheerful in company? Must we stigmatize such an unfortunate person as peevish, positive, and unfit for society? His disorder may no more suffer him to be merry, than the gout will suffer another to dance. The advising a melancholic to be cheerful is like bidding a coward to be courageous, or a dwarf be taller. [ Wollaston ]
Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach; the contradictors and railers at public and private tables, who are like terriers, who conceive it the duty of a dog of honor to growl at any passer-by, and do the honors of the house by barking him out of sight. [ Emerson ]
Society is but the contest of a thousand little opposite interests - an eternal contest between all the vanities that clash with each other, wounded, humiliated the one by the other, and which expiate tomorrow in the disgust of a defeat the triumph of today. To live in solitude, to avoid being crushed in the surging throng, is what the world calls being a nonentity - to have no existence. Poor, miserable humanity! [ Chamfort ]
We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offence to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silent, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure. [ Landor ]
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their soul into ours. God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true levellers; they give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor I am, I shall not pine for want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a cultivated man, though excluded from what is called the best society in the place where I live. [ W. E. Channing ]