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


Success will popularize the grossest vulgarity.

Alfred Bougeart.

A rank soil, nay, a dunghill, will produce beautiful flowers.


Vulgarity is more obvious in satin than in homespun.

N. P. Willis.

Vulgarity is setting store by the things which are seen.

Lady Morgan.

Flourishing vulgarity is more unconscious than wicked; a destitute refinement is a great deal more capable of bearing malice.

John Weiss.

Vulgar minds refuse or crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.


To show us what a miserable, credulous, deluded thing that creature is, called the vulgar.


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


The manner of a vulgar man hath freedom without ease, and the manner of a gentleman hath ease without freedom.


As to the pure all things are pure, so the common mind sees far more vulgarity in others than the mind developed in genuine refinement.

George MacDonald.

The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang, which not a few of our writers seem to have affected.


A vulgar man is captious and jealous and impetuous about trifles. He suspects himself to be slighted, and thinks everything that is said is meant for him.


He whom common, gross, or stale objects allure, and when obtained, content, is a vulgar being, incapable of greatness in thought or action.


Disorder in a drawing-room is vulgar; in an antiquary’s study, not; the black battle-stain on a soldier’s face is not vulgar, but the dirty face of a housemaid is.


The vulgarity of inanimate things requires time to get accustomed to; but living, breathing, bustling, plotting, planning, human vulgarity is a species of moral ipecacuanha, enough to destroy any comfort.