Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the inequality of conditions usually maintained by political institution, is calculated greatly to enhance the imagined excellence of wealth

Honoré Daumier, Gargantua
There is a numerous class of individuals, who, though rich, have neither brilliant talents nor sublime virtues; and, however highly they may prize their education, their affability, their superior polish and the elegance of their manners, have a secret consciousness that they possess nothing by which they can so securely assert their pre-eminence and keep their inferiors at a distance, as the splendour of their equipage, the magnificence of their retinue and the sumptuousness of their entertainments.-- William Godwin