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





The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


It's only with great vulgarity that you can achieve real refinement, only out of bawdy that you can get tenderness.


Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990, British author)


Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At. moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.


Alice James (1848-1892, American diarist, sister of William James)


A thing is not vulgar merely because it is common


William Nazlitt


Think with the wise, but talk with the vulgar.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


To endeavor to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The higher a man stands, the more the word "vulgar" becomes unintelligible to him.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.


Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964, British poet)


Vulgarity is the rich man's modest contribution to democracy.


Author Unknown


There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Vulgarity is more obvious in satin than in homespun.


Nathaniel P. Willis (1806-1867, Polish American poet, writer, editor)


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