An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, and ordered their estate.


Cecil F. Alexander (1818-1895, Poet and hymnist)


When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?


John Ball (1869-1381, British priest, social agitator)


My grandma (rest her soul) used to say, "There were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little."


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


We accept and welcome... as conditions to which we must accommodate ourselves, great inequality of environment; the concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in the hands of a few; and the law of competition between these, as being not only beneficial, but essential for the future progress of the race.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society.


James F. Cooper (1789-1851, American novelist)


Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.


Henry P. Fairchild (1904-, American sociologist)


The only inequalities that matter begin in the mind. It is not income levels but differences in mental equipment that keep people apart, breed feelings of inferiority.


Jacquetta Hawkes


People differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such inequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community.


Leo XIII (1810-1903, Pope from 1878 to 1903)


There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


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