Vulgar Sayings and Quotes

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

It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.     

E. M. Forster

The good opinion of the vulgar is injurious.     

Michel de Montaigne

To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant.     

Thomas Carlyle

The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.     

William Ralph Inge

Vulgar people take huge delight in the faults and follies of great men.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena.     

Samuel Beckett

The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.     

Lord Chesterfield

The vulgar herd estimate friendship by its advantages.     


It is quite possible for the vulgar to be funny, but to succeed, it must rise to a certain genius.     

Roger Ebert

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.     

G. K. Chesterton

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

Lord Chesterfield

When once you have got hold of a vulgar joke, you may be certain that you have got hold of a subtle and spiritual idea.     

G. K. Chesterton

It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties.     

Oscar Wilde

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand.     

William Hazlitt

The most vulgar slang is scarcely worse than the attempted elegance which those unused to good society imagine to be the evidence of cultivation.     

Emily Post

A vulgar man, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; and a philosopher blames neither, the one nor the other.     


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

Lord Chesterfield

The fundamental flaw of vulgar thought lies in the fact that it wishes to content itself with motionless imprints of a reality which consists of eternal motion.     

Leon Trotsky

Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge, and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things, when they are shown their form or told their use.     

Samuel Johnson

There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.     

Walter Scott

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.     

Albert Camus

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.     

Oscar Wilde

It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression.     

Oscar Wilde

The vulgar refuse or crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.     

David Mallet

The foolish and vulgar are always accustomed to value equally the good and the bad.     

Tomas de Iriarte

The vulgar and the many are fit only to be led or driven.     

Robert South

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

James Thomson

Whoever is ignorant is vulgar.     

Miguel de Cervantes

The vulgar call good fortune that which really is produced by the calculations of genius.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson