Class Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old class quotes, class sayings, and class proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble. John Madden
Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Bear Bryant
There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Andrew Carnegie
Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners is nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices. Ann Landers
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse. Ann Landers
There is a working class - strong and happy - among both rich and poor: there is an idle class - weak, wicked, and miserable - among both rich and poor. John Ruskin
Society is composed of two great classes — those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Sébastien-Roch Nicolas
The modern world belongs to the half-educated, a rather difficult class, because they do not realize how little they know. William R. Inge
Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes. Howard Zinn
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. Victor Hugo
Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. Ann Landers
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato
I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. Abraham Lincoln
It is almost as difficult to keep a first class person in a fourth class job, as it is to keep a fourth class person in a first class job. Paul H. Dunn
Let the others have the charisma. I've got the class. George Bush
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. Oscar Wilde
Each class of society has its own requirements; but it may be said that every class teaches the one immediately below it; and if the highest class be ignorant, uneducated, loving display, luxuriousness, and idle, the same spirit will prevail in humbler life. Source Unknown
Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. Ayn Rand
There is nothing to which men cling more tenaciously than the privileges of class. Leonard Woolf
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern. Lord Acton
Class is entirely intangible, and the way it affects things isn't subject to scientific analysis, and it's not supposed to be real but it's pervasive and powerful. See; just like magic. Jo Walton
There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning. Warren Buffet
I'm a working-class person, working with class. Karl Lagerfeld
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. Benjamin Franklin
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. Orson Welles
Braininess is not attractive unless combined with some signs of elegance; class. Alice Munro
The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another. George Bancroft
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. Kurt Vonnegut
While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. Eugene V. Debs
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force. Albert Einstein
I learned early that class is universally admired. Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there’s a touch of class involved. Frank W. Abagnale
Sociologists call the process of the melting pot “social mobility.” One of America’s characteristics has always been the lack of a rigid class structure. It has traditionally been possible for people to move up the social and economic scale. John F. Kennedy
For the ruling class, in general, politics is a question of aesthetics: a way of seeing themselves, of seeing the world, of constructing a personality. For us it was life or death. Édouard Louis
They had far more in common than either realised. One was born Catholic, the other Protestant. One was born Irish, the other British. But neither was the greatest difference between them. One was born rich and the other poor. Joseph O'Connor
The middle class were invented to give the poor hope; the poor, to make the rich feel special; the rich, to humble the middle class. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
We cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless in the principle of forgiveness to the powerful. Christopher Hayes
A social democratic party without deep roots in the working class movement would quickly fade into an unrepresentative intellectual sect. Roy Jenkins
I couldn't help where I was born. I just wanted to be near my mother at the time. George Bush
In the 1990s, one billion middle-class people will be created in the world. And when people achieve middle class, they want to live like Americans. Clark A. Johnson
The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges. James Stewart
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Being an MP is the sort of job all working class parents want for their children - clean, indoors and no heavy lifting. Diane Abbott
When I want to distinguish clearly the aristocratic class from the Philistines proper or middle class, I name the former, in my own mind the Barbarians. Matthew Arnold
An insular country, subject to fogs and with a powerful middle class, requires grave statesmen. Benjamin Disraeli
To me, the term 'middle-class' connotes a safe, comfortable, middle-of-the-road policy. Above all, our language is 'middle-class' in the middle of our road. To drive it to one side or the other or even off the road, is the noblest task of the future. Christian Morgenstern
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition. Dwight Morrow
The middle class is the backbone of England. In intellectual circles that's been absolutely unsayable. Joanna Trollope
I'll go through life either first class or third, but never in second. Noel Coward
At the bottom, people tend to believe that class is defined by the amount of money you have. In the middle, people grant that money has to do with it, but think education and the kind of work you do almost equally important. Never the top, people perceive that taste, values, ideas, style, and behaviour are indispensable criteria of class, regardless of money or occupation or education. Paul Fussell
There are only two classes in society: those who get more than they earn, and those who earn more than they get. Holbrook Jackson
In class society everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of a class. Mao Tsetung
The social energy which maintains the class structure produces perverted culture in its three chief forms: mere upper-class culture, or ostentation, mere middle-class culture, or vulgarity, and mere lower-class culture, or squalor. Northrop Frye
The middle class is always a firm champion of equality when it concerns a class above it; but it is the inveterate foe when it concerns elevating a class below it. Orestes A. Brownson
Us middle class never have to worry about having old furniture to point out to our friends. We buy it on payments, and before it's paid for, it's plenty antique. Will Rogers
An intelligent class can scarce ever be, as a class, and never, as a class, indolent. The excited mental activity operates as a counterpoise to the stimulus of sense and appetite. Edward Everett
A nation composed of all classes should be governed by no one class exclusively. All should be included, and none excluded. Thus aggrieved classes would be rendered impossible. Frederick Douglass
There's a lot to be said for the Lords. A. P. Herbert
The Stately Homes of England, / How beautifully they stand, / To prove the upper classes / Have still the upper hand. Noel Coward
Spurn not the nobly born / With love affected, / Nor treat with virtuous scorn / The well-connected. W. S. Gilbert
I am a well-known elitist. I don't even own a pair of trainers. If I did, I am sure they would be very fragrant. Lord Gowrie
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead. Nancy Mitford