C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


How weak a thing is gentility, if it wants virtue.


There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel.


I would have you not stand so much on your gentility, which is an airy and mere borrowed thing from dead men’s dust and bones; and none of yours except you make and hold it.

Ben Jonson.