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Upper Middle Class Quotes


"In the United States, the working class are Democrats. The middle class are Republicans. The upper class are Communists." - Whittaker Chambers

"Though we are perpetually bragging of it [the middle class] as our safety, it is nothing but a poor fringe on the mantle of the upper class." - Charles Dickens

"I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City, and thats very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about." - Blake Bailey

"All middle-class novels are about the trials of three, all upper-class novels about mass fornication, all revolutionary novels about a bad man turned good by a tractor." - Christina Stead

"I've got a fierce passion for politics but I can't stand the smarmy, hypocritical upper-middle-class dictator nation that prevails and has always prevailed in this country. I'm up for petrol bombers, mate, and fighting in the streets." - Pete Doherty

"I think I was raised in a solidly upper-middle class family who had really strong values and excess was not one of the things that my family put up with." - Anne Hathaway

"Poor communities, frequently communities of color but not exclusively, suffer disproportionately. If you look at where our industrialized facilities tend to be located, they're not in the upper middle class neighborhoods." - Carol Browner

"We have a new joke on the reservation: 'What is cultural deprivation?' Answer: 'Being an upper-middle class white kid living in a split-level suburban home with a color TV.'" - John Fire Lame Deer

"When well-qualified, upper middle-class blacks or Latinos or Asians move to predominantly white neighborhoods, there's what's called the tipping point. That tipping point is generally 15 percent; at 15 percent you begin to see white flight." - Richard Benjamin

"Whatever people may say, the fastidious formal manner of the upper classes is preferable to the slovenly easygoing behaviour of the common middle class. In moments of crisis, the former know how to act, the latter become uncouth brutes." - Cesare Pavese

"Stuff Happens.' That's the G-rated version. That's a bumper sticker that only a straight white upper middle class male could have made. Because anyone who isn't straight, anyone who isn't male, anyone who isn't white, anyone who isn't upper middle class knows that stuff doesn't just happen. Stuff gets done by people to people. Nothing is a coincidence. Nothing is random. This isn't osmosis. And so we act as if it's this passive thing, but yet that's not the case." - Tim Wise

"Stuff Happens." That's the G-rated version. That's a bumper sticker that only a straight white upper middle class male could have made. Because anyone who is' straight, anyone who is' male, anyone who is' white, anyone who is' upper middle class knows that stuff does' just happen. Stuff gets done by people to people. Nothing is a coincidence. Nothing is random. This is' osmosis. And so we act as if it's this passive thing, but yet that's not the case." - Tim Wise

"A very large part of English middle-class education is devoted to the training of servants...In so far as it is, by definition, the training of upper servants, it includes, of course, the instilling of that kind of confidence which will enable the upper servants to supervise and direct the lower servants." - Raymond Williams

"The liberal wing of the feminist movement may have improved the lives of its middle- and upper-class constituency-indeed, 1992 was the Year of the White Middle Class Woman-but since the leadership of this faction of the feminist movement has singled out black men as the meta-enemy of women, these women represent one of the most serious threats to black male well-being since the Klan." - Ishmael Reed

"Now let me be clear; millions of women around the world nurse their children beautifully for years without giving anybody else a hard time about it. Teat Nazis are a solely western upper-middle-class phenomenon occurring when highly ambitious women experience deprivation from outside modes of achievement." - Tina Fey

"All fear of 'offensive' speech is bourgeois and reactionary. Historically, profane or bawdy language was common in both the upper and the lower classes, who lived together in rural areas amid the untidy facts of nature. Notions of propriety and decorum come to the fore in urbanized periods ruled by an expanding middle class, which is obsessed with cleanliness, respectability, and conformism." - Camille Paglia

"Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class." - Narendra Modi

"The middle has not enough class that I think about the middle class." - Karl Lagerfeld

"People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"In a true democracy everyone can be upper class and live in Connecticut." - Lisa Birnbach

"Generosity toward the lower classes historically has never been an important part of upper-class awareness." - Michael Parenti

"Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class." - Jeff Koons

"There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class." - Judith Martin

"Which class is happiest, the rich, the middle class or the poor? A very successful executive of a large organization touches upon this vital subject in a long letter to all his salesmen. He uses as his text a passage from Robinson Crusoe which included this: ""My Father bid me observe it, and I should always find that the calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters, and were not exposed to so many vicissitudes as the higher or lower part of mankind." - B C Forbes

"Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle." - Benjamin Lewin

"Radicalism is the opium of the middle class." - Christina Stead

"Your biggest challenge is a middle class mindset; PFS goes against the traditional, middle class way of thinking." - Shane Perry

"If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it among the English upper class." - Lady Violet

"The flaw in the pluralist heaven is that the heavenly chorus sings with a strong upper-class accent." - Elmer Eric Schattschneider

"The impact had cut your upper lip in two, he had said, clean down the middle. Clean down the middle. Like a harelip." - Khaled Hosseini

"I would say I came from upper middle class family." - Bob Newhart

"Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class." - Matthew Arnold

"Excellent Sheep is likely to makea lasting mark for three reasons. One, Mr. Deresiewicz spent twenty-four years in the Ivy League, graduating from Columbia and teaching for a decade at Yale.He brings the gory details. Two, the author is a striker, to put it in soccer terms. He's a vivid writer, a literary critic whose headers tend to land in the back corner of the net. Three, his indictment arrives on wheels: He takes aim at just about the entirety of upper-middle-class life in America.Mr. Deresiewicz's book is packed full of what he wants more of in American life: passionate weirdness." - Dwight Garner

"I'm one of the undeserving poor... up ugen middle-class morality all the time... What is middle-class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything." - George Bernard Shaw

"I had to admit that in his old-fashioned way O'Hara was still romantic about sex; like Scott Fitzgerald, he thought of it as an upper-class prerogative." - Alfred Kazin

"...many of the officials, courtiers, and priests, representing the upper class of Egyptian society but not the royalty, looked strikingly like modern Europeans, especially long-headed ones" - Carleton S. Coon

"The upper class desire to remain so, the middle class wish to overthrow the upper class, and the lower class want a classless system." - George Orwell

"Rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first." - Robert Kiyosaki

"No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway." - Aristotle

"Rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class acquire liabilities that they think are assets," - Robert Kiyosaki

"There's no such thing as the middle class. It's absolutely vanishing." - Marc Andreessen

"I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education," - Rory Bremner

"The most pro-business thing you can do is to help middle-class people thrive." - Nick Hanauer

"The depth of the middle class is waning as the polarization of society is in progress." - Katsuya Okada

"The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That's a bittersweet ending." - Tim Ferriss

"The middle class male thinks he has a monopoly on objectivity." - Grayson Perry

"The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class." - Aristotle

"To most middle-class feminists, as to most middle-class non-feminists, working-class women remain mysterious creatures to be "reached out to" in some abstract way. No connection. No solidarity." - Irena Klepfisz

"White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people." - Holly Near

"I'm just a regular upper-middle-class guy who happens to be a billionaire." - David Tepper

"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future." - Ayn Rand

"Everything is about class in England, whether it's upper, lower or middle. Why should that be?" - Francesca Annis

"I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Sweden, which, during my teens, gentrified and is now completely middle class and even upper middle class." - Joel Kinnaman

"The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we'll have more middle-class people. But homeownership and college aren't causes of middle-class status, they're markers for possessing the kinds of traits - self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. - that let you enter, and stay, in the middle class. Subsidizing the markers doesn't produce the traits; if anything, it undermines them." - Glenn Reynolds

"Low class men desire wealth;middle class men both wealth and respect; but the noble, honour only; hence honour is the noble man's true wealth." - Chanakya

"Wearing overalls on weekdays, painting somebody else's house to earn money? You're working class. Wearing overalls at weekends, painting your own house to save money? You're middle class." - Lawrence Sutton

"It is from the middle class that writers spring, because, it is in the middle class only that the practice of writing is as natural and habitual as hoeing a field or building a house." - Virginia Woolf

"Most middle-class people I know don't really live like me. Middle-class people worry a lot about money. They worry a lot about job security, and they do a lot of nine-to-five stuff." - Irvine Welsh

"Freud tells us to blame our parents for all the shortcomings of our life, Marx tells us to blame the upper class of our society. But the only one to blame is oneself." - Joseph Campbell

"I would suggest that a feminism which does not also seek to alter the exploitation of poorer women is not feminism at all, but is simply a varient for of upper-class politics & self-privileging." - Jack D. Forbes

"what has been termed 'correct' English is nothing other than the blatant legitimation of the white middle-class code." - Dale Spender

"We can't afford more top-down economics. What we need are policies that will grow and strengthen the middle class." - Barack Obama

"The sense that materialism has gotten out of hand is magnified by the pressures facing middle-class American families." - Robert Wuthnow

"Even tax breaks that are supposed to help the middle class too often skew toward the wealthy." - Dee Dee Myers

"I will tell you this: I will not raise taxes on the middle-class to pay for these programs." - William J Clinton

"The overtime threshold is to the middle class as the minimum wage is to low-wage workers." - Nick Hanauer

"It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth - a rising, thriving middle class." - Barack Obama

"Struggling to stay in the middle class, and I love that. That's me and my dad and my family." - Tavis Smiley

"Mark Kirk: Lied about going to war. Opposed middle class tax cuts. And said unemployment's not that big an issue." - Alexi Giannoulias

"Let's be honest: Kerry has no idea what it is to be even a middle-class white in this country." - Glenn Reynolds

"Inequality has the natural and necessary effect, under the present circumstances, of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class." - Matthew Arnold

"Mr. Cosby wanted to do a show not about an upper-middle-class black family, but an upper-middle-class family that happened to be black. Though it sounds like semantics, they're very different approaches." - Malcolmjamal Warner

"I came from an upper-middle class home, which is always a hard cross for a country singer to bear." - Kinky Friedman

"Almost all the fathers of socialism were members of the upper middle class or of the professions." - Ludwig Von Mises

"To me, women's lib was mainly a white, upper-middle class affair of little use to a reservation Indian woman." - Mary Brave Bird

"My basic position is that the more mixed the society and the more mobility there is in it, the better. That's what makes things interesting. When you get a homogenous society, it's very, very dull, whether that's all working class or all upper class, because everybody thinks the same, everybody looks the same." - Jarvis Cocker

"Keep a stiff upper chin." - Samuel Goldwyn

"I was brought up in a very naval, military, and conservative background. My father and his friends had very typical opinions of the British middle class - lower-middle class actually - after the war. My father broke into the middle class by joining the navy. I was the first member of my family ever to go to private school or even to university. So, the armed forces had been upward mobility for him." - Christopher Hitchens

"We are committing ourselves to basic protections of our people... We will not permit banks to repossess the homes of working class and middle class people. That's the end of that, it is not negotiable." - Alexis Tsipras

"Nonwhite and working-class women, if they are ever to identify with the organized women's movement, must see their own diverse experiences reflected in the practice and policy statements of these predominantly white middle-class groups." - Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

"I went to a middle-class school, but my background is working class. I got the best of both worlds, I saw both classes, so I have a pretty fair idea of how people live and why they do it." - David Bowie

"Look, there is a sort of old view about class which is a very simplistic view that we have got the working class, the middle class and the upper class, I think it is more complicated than that." - Ed Miliband

"He's a wealthy man, a very wealthy man. If you have a half a million-dollar purchase from Tiffany's, you're not a middle-class American." - Mitt Romney

"If it wasn't for hustlers, gangsters & gamblers there'd be no Jazz. Wasn't middle~class who said Let's go hear Bird tonight." - Betty Carter

"Simply, with a Republican Congress sitting shotgun, Mitt Romney will put the middle class on the roof and take us for a long, painful ride." - Patty Murray

"To be of mixed blood is a great gift for a writer. I have one foot on tribal lands and one foot in middle-class life." - Louise Erdrich

"I didn't say one negative word about poor people or about middle-class people or anything else. All I said was that the rich deserve our gratitude." - Bernard Goldberg

"We have a middle class that lives on a razor blade. So sometimes when you say poverty, you neglect a large portion of the population." - Elizabeth Edwards

"If any writer thinks the world is full of middle class people of nice sensibilities, then he is out of his mind." - Bill Vaughan

"A government which is composed of the middle class more nearly approximates to democracy than to oligarchy, and is the safest of the imperfect forms of government." - Aristotle

"The world is polarized. The middle class becomes smaller. The polarization makes the difference between rich and the poor big. This is true." - Pope Francis

"The benefit of living in a free society is that we all have the choice to be rich, poor, or middle class. The decision is up to you." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Had middle class black women begun a movement in which they had labeled themselves "oppressed," no one would have taken them seriously." - Bell Hooks

"The middle class in America is at a tipping point. It will not last another generation if we don't boldly change course now." - Bernie Sanders

"These awful middle-class queens - which is what the gay movement has become - are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers." - Rupert Everett

"Anyone who conceives of writing as an agreeable stroll towards a middle-class life-style will never write anything but crap." - Derek Raymond

"I regard affirmative action as pernicious-a system that had wonderful ideals when it started but was almost immediately abused for the benefit of white middle-class women." - Camille Paglia

"Our middle class majority, deeply in personal debt, elects political leaders who increase our benefits. Then we vote them out because we dislike the soaring national debt." - Oliver DeMille

"The interesting thing about Georgia is, Atlanta is teeming with middle-class black people and black people with money - and yet there is still segregation." - Richard Benjamin

"There is plenty of ambitious competition and hypocrisy in the middle class, which makes it a rather fertile environment for a writer." - J K Rowling

"Who is an aam aadmi? AAP believes that the middle class is part of the aam aadmi, anyone who is tired of this corrupt system is aam aadmi." - Arvind Kejriwal

"The very act of becoming an entrepreneur is contrarian to middle class values, study hard, get a good job, be happy with secure income and steady salary." - Rashmi Bansal

"You have to live among rich liberals to understand what they're saying. You'll never believe what they mean by 'middle class.' They mean themselves." - Joel Stein

"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth." - George W Bush

"When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end." - Aristotle

"A moderately honest man with a moderately faithful wife, moderate drinkers both, in a moderately healthy house: that is the true middle class unit." - George Bernard Shaw

"I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City, and that's very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about." - Blake Bailey

"In China, you've got six people buying for one child. But the thing is, you've got the largest rising upper-middle class in the world." - Angela Ahrendts

"Like most lazy upper-middle-class kids, American Studies seemed like a fun way to use your knowledge of TV to get an A." - Nick Kroll

"That's a huge fear for middle-class women. It's not so much a fear for poor women, because poor women have always assumed that they are going to have to support themselves. It's middle-class women who have this fantasy that somebody else is going to support them." - Gloria Steinem

"The wedding is the chief ceremony of the middle-class mythology, and it functions as the official entree of the spouses to their middle-class status. This is the real meaning of saving up to get married. The young couple struggles to set up an image of comfortable life which they will be forced to live up to in the years that follow." - Germaine Greer

"I'm one of the undeserving poor: that's what I am. Think of what that means to a man. It means that he's up agen middle class morality all the time.... What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything." - George Bernard Shaw

"The place where you got to get revenues has to come from the middle class. That's where the huge number of people that are there. So the system does need to be revamped [to tax the rich less and the middle class more.]" - Orrin Hatch

"The middle class, in any society, plays the role of graphite rods in nuclear reactors: they slow down the reaction and, if it weren't for them, the reactor would explode. A society without a middle class is a society primed for explosion." - Ahmed Toufiq

"I've no desire to hang around with a bunch of upper-class delinquents, do twenty minutes' work and then spend the rest of the day loafing about in Paris drinking gallons of champagne and having dozens of moist, pink, highly experienced French peasant girls galloping up and down my - hang on..." - Rowan Atkinson

"A sort of moral blackmail is exerted from both poles. The underclass, one gathers, should be dulled with charity and welfare provision lest it turn nasty. The upper class must likewise be conciliated by vast handouts, lest it lose the "incentive" to go on generating wealth." - Christopher Hitchens

"The piano is just a different animal. It's expensive, it's big, it's heavy, and it doesn't fit in the mix easily. Everyone grew up with a piano in their living room, so rocking out on the piano was accessible - it wasn't an upper-class thing. Now pianos have become very much a piece of furniture." - Ben Folds

"The whole famous Reign of Terror [of the 1790s] in fifteen months guillotined 2,596 aristos. The Versaillists [the anti-Communards of 1871] executed 20,000 before their firing squads in one week. Do these figures represent the comparative efficiency of guillotine and modern rifle or the comparative cruelty of upper and lower class mobs?" - Guy Endore

"I think the working-class part of me comes out. Sometimes the people who have the loudest mouths are upper-class, upper-middle-class. The quietest are often working-class people, people who are broke. There is a fear of losing whatever it is that you have. I come from that background." - Billie Joe Armstrong

"The Miss America contest isthe most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition." - Gerald Early

"The Miss America contest is the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition." - Gerald Early

"Make your upper limit, no limit." - Ron Kaufman

"I'm painfully middle class." - Valerie Harper

"High tax rates in the upper income brackets allow politicians to win votes with class warfare rhetoric, painting their opponents as defenders of the rich. Meanwhile, the same politicians can win donations from the rich by creating tax loopholes that can keep the rich from actually paying those higher tax rates - or perhaps any taxes at all. What is worse than class warfare is phony class warfare. Slippery talk about 'fairness' is at the heart of this fraud by politicians seeking to squander more of the nation's resources." - Thomas Sowell

"For students today, only 10 percent of children from working-class families graduate from college by the age of 24 as compared to 58 percent of upper-middle-class and wealthy families." - Patrick J Kennedy

"The American middle class always wants to be upper class and is scared to death of being lower class. It's a highly mobile group of people. They're not like the people that want to be shopkeepers forever, have always been shopkeepers and want always to be shopkeepers. These people mostly are insulted by being called middle class." - Sloan Wilson

"I believe that to do anything in this world one needs a love for risk and adventure, and above all, to be able to do without what middle-class families call "future."" - Joan Miro

"Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty" - Kathleen Blanco

"Poor people and most of the middle class are not willing to be uncomfortable. Remember, being comfortable is their biggest priority in life... The only time you can actually grow is when you are outside your comfort zone." - T Harv Eker

"They are the kind of people who are embarrassed by money, a dead middle-class giveaway. Poor people are not embarrassed by money and are contemptuous of those who are." - Rosellen Brown

"We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" - James Fallows

"I have advocated for rolling back regulations, simplifying the tax code and moving to zero-based budgeting - policies that will support small businesses and raise up the middle class." - Carly Fiorina

"A normal adolescent is so restless and twitchy and awkward that he can mange to injure his knee-not playing soccer, not playing football-but by falling off his chair in the middle of French class." - Judith Viorst

"One of the reasons the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class struggles in debt is because the subject of money is taught at home, not at school." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Everyone represses everything. Do you think any of these "normal" human beings really do exactly what they want to do all the time? 'Course not. It's just the same. We're middle-class and we're British. Repression is in our veins." - Matt Haig

"Bill Clinton says the middle-class folks in Topeka who contribute to The 700 Club or Focus on the Family are radicals whose beliefs pose a mortal danger to this nation!" - Don Feder

"That's how the Germans are.... The aristocrats at the top hard as glass, cold as ice, servants of the King, the working masses willing, pliable, sentimental, susceptible to brutality, the middle class educated and cowardly to the point of servility." - Alfred Doblin

"Until the Second World War, it was unthinkable for a married woman of the working or middle class to disgrace her husband by working after marriage, because her employment indicated that he was a poor provider" - Sandra Scarr

"In the Communist period, the revolutionaries, the leaders were almost always - Che Guevara, people like that - they were always from the middle class and the educated. And empathy is a very powerful emotion." - Hamza Yusuf

"The difference between people isn't in their class, but in themselves. Only from the middle classes one gets ideas, and from the common people-life itself, warmth. You feel their hates and loves." - D H Lawrence

"Julie Orringer is the real thing, a breathtaking chronicler of the secrets and cruelties underneath the surface of middle-class American life. These are terrific stories-wise, compassionate and haunting." - Dan Chaon

"Witnessing Panama's overnight transition from banana republic to middle-class retirement haven is like watching the Univision version of Extreme Makeover: it feels so tacky but you can't change channels because you just have to find out what happens next." - Andrew Evans

"For most of the 20th century, we didn't just enjoy economic success in Michigan, we defined it. Our innovators and entrepreneurs created the world's most productive companies, and our unions made sure that productivity led to broad middle class prosperity." - Jennifer M. Granholm

"The myth that men are the economic providers and women, mainly, are mothers and care givers in the family has now been thoroughly refuted. This family pattern has never been the norm, except in a narrow middle-class segment." - Gro Harlem Brundtland

"You can't top that remark for hypocrisy or the setting for irony. It isn't the middle class who write $32,500 checks. Those who do expect something in return. They've been getting it." - Jack Kelly

"Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed." - Barack Obama

"My mission is to raise incomes for hard working middle class families. If you work hard and do your part you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead." - Bernie Sanders

"We can talk about corporations all day long but my goal is to help the middle class, somebody who makes too much to be on government assistance but still lives paycheck to paycheck." - Lindsey Graham

"I love my cross-sectioned, cross-cultural audience. Some of them are doing better than the average guy, but my audience has always been people who are struggling to stay in the middle class." - Tavis Smiley

"Speaking to how elections are framed in the USA: It is not Republican vs Democrat, nor Conservative vs Liberal, nor Rich vs Poor/ middle class but the true battle is average voter vs corrupt politician." - Don Mashak



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