Aristocracy is always cruel.
—Wendell Phillips (1811–84) American Abolitionist, Lawyer, Orator
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for ‘Tis only to them that they are blessings.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip: there is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.
—Daniel Defoe (1659–1731) English Writer, Journalist, Pamphleteer