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The Theory of the Leisure Class Quotes

  • [Even today] there are few of the better class — Read more
  • Women have been required not only to afford — Read more
  • Without reflection or analysis, we feel that what — Read more
  • With the primitive barbarian... "honorable" seems — Read more
  • With the exception of the instinct of — Read more
  • With many qualifications—with more q — Read more
  • While the proximate ground of discrimination may — Read more
  • Wherever the canon of conspicuous leisure has a — Read more
  • When the quasi-peaceable stage of industry is — Read more
  • When an attempted reform involves the suppression — Read more
  • Whatever approves itself to us on any ground at — Read more
  • We might naturally expect that the fashions — Read more
  • We have, as the great and dominant norm of dress — Read more
  • We are now entering a phase of disassociation — Read more
  • War is the chief instrument by means of which the — Read more
  • War is the chief instrument by means of which the — Read more
  • Virtually the whole range of industrial — Read more
  • Under this common-sense barbarian appreciation of — Read more
  • Under the regime of emulation the members of a — Read more
  • Under the circumstances prevailing at any given — Read more
  • Under the altered conditions of population, skill — Read more
  • Trained service has utility, not only as — Read more
  • Those persons (adult) are but a vanishing — Read more
  • This... outline of the development and nature of — Read more
  • This conspicuous leisure of which decorum is a — Read more
  • This conservatism of the wealthy class is so — Read more
  • These indices and others which resemble them in — Read more
  • These ethnic types differ in temperament in a way — Read more
  • There may be truth in the view (as a question of — Read more
  • There is... relatively little incentive to the — Read more
  • There is... a variation due to adaptation in — Read more
  • There is probably no cult in which ideals of — Read more
  • There is in all barbarian communities a profound — Read more
  • There is a political and financial vested — Read more
  • There arises a class of servants, the more — Read more
  • There are several of these relatively stable — Read more
  • There are few persons of delicate tastes, in the — Read more
  • The... stage of quasi-peaceable industry is — Read more
  • The wearer cannot when so attired bear a hand in — Read more
  • The utility of the fast horse lies largely in his — Read more
  • The use of the term "waste" ...in the speech of — Read more
  • The traits which characterize the predatory and — Read more
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  • The test to which all expenditure must be brought — Read more
  • The term "leisure", as here used, does not — Read more
  • The taste of the more recent accessions to the — Read more
  • The superior gratification derived from the use — Read more
  • The success of a class or party presumes a strong — Read more
  • The substantial ground of this high requirement — Read more
  • The serviceability of consumption as a means of — Read more
  • The requirements of beauty... are for the most — Read more
  • The requirement of expensiveness is so ingrained — Read more
  • The requirement of conspicuous wastefulness is — Read more
  • The relation of the leisure (that is, propertied — Read more
  • The question is... not whether, under the — Read more
  • The quasi-peaceable gentleman of leisure... not — Read more
  • The proximate tendency of the institution of a — Read more
  • The propensity for achievement—the instinct of w — Read more
  • The propensity for achievement and the repugnance to futility remain the underlying economic motive.
  • The profession of the law does not imply large — Read more
  • The process of readjustment of the accepted — Read more
  • The process of developing an aesthetic nausea — Read more
  • The principle of conspicuous waste guides the — Read more
  • The priestly servitors of the divinity should not — Read more
  • The prevalent type of transmitted aptitudes, or — Read more
  • The predatory temperament does not lead itself to — Read more
  • The predatory phase of culture is attained only — Read more
  • The possession of wealth, which was at the outset — Read more
  • The position of machine products in the civilized — Read more
  • The ownership of women begins in the lower — Read more
  • The opposition of the class to changes in the — Read more
  • The only remedy which the law of waste allows us — Read more
  • The office of the leisure class in social — Read more
  • The norm of conspicuous waste is incompatible — Read more
  • The need of conspicuous waste... stands ready to — Read more
  • The members of the wealthy class do not yield to — Read more
  • The line of demarcation between the dress of — Read more
  • The leisure class, in the nature of things — Read more
  • The law of conspicuous waste... acts selectively — Read more
  • The latter-day leisure-class festivities and — Read more
  • The invidious comparison can never become so — Read more
  • The institution of ownership has begun with the — Read more
  • The institution of a leisure class, by force or — Read more
  • The institution of a leisure class has an effect — Read more
  • The institution of a leisure class acts to make — Read more
  • The instinct of workmanship is present in all men — Read more
  • The greater part of the expenditure incurred by — Read more
  • The forces which make for a readjustment of — Read more
  • The first requisite of a good servant is that he — Read more
  • The farther the community, especially the wealthy — Read more
  • The fact that the usages, actions, and views of — Read more
  • The expensive splendor of the house of worship — Read more
  • The exigencies of the modern industrial system — Read more
  • The evolution of society is substantially a — Read more
  • The evolution of social structure has been a process of natural selection of institutions.
  • The evidence... indicates that the institution of — Read more
  • The emergence of a leisure class coincides with — Read more
  • The earliest form of ownership is an ownership of the women by the able bodied men of the community.
  • The earlier—acquired, more generic habits of t — Read more
  • The dress of women goes even farther than that of — Read more
  • The dominant traits of the early barbarian — Read more
  • The development of... institutions is the — Read more
  • The decay of the ceremonial code—or as it is o — Read more
  • The cultural stage which lies immediately back of — Read more
  • The corset is, in economic theory, substantially — Read more
  • The conventions of the business world have grown — Read more
  • The control exerted by the accepted standard of — Read more
  • The consumption of expensive goods is meritorious — Read more
  • The conspicuously wasteful honorific expenditure — Read more
  • The conditions under which men lived in the most — Read more
  • The commercial value of the goods used for — Read more
  • The code of proprieties, conventionalities, and — Read more
  • The close-cropped lawn is beautiful in the eyes — Read more
  • The chief use of servants is the evidence they afford of the master's ability to pay.
  • The ceremonial inferiority or uncleanness in — Read more
  • The case of the fast horse is much like that of — Read more
  • The captain of industry is an astute man rather — Read more
  • The best development of this vicarious leisure — Read more
  • The basis on which good repute in any highly — Read more
  • The aversion to change is in large part an — Read more
  • The articles or forms of consumption to which the — Read more
  • The ameliorations wrought in favor of the — Read more
  • The aesthetic value of a detected counterfeit in — Read more
  • The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty — Read more
  • The accepted standard of expenditure in the — Read more
  • The abjectly poor, and all those persons whose — Read more
  • That the alleged beauty, or "loveliness," of the — Read more
  • Special training in personal service costs time — Read more
  • Some fighting... would be met with at any early — Read more
  • Social structure changes, develops, adapts itself — Read more
  • Social advance, especially as seen from the point — Read more
  • So thoroughly has the habit of approving the — Read more
  • So soon as a case of reversion to non-predatory — Read more
  • So long as the group... still stood in close — Read more
  • So long as it is a novelty, people very generally — Read more
  • So far as regards their tendency in shaping human — Read more
  • So far as concerns the communities of the Western — Read more
  • Retrogression, reapproach to a standpoint to — Read more
  • Relatively stable styles and types of costume — Read more
  • Refined tastes, manners, habits of life are a — Read more
  • Propriety requires respectable women to abstain — Read more
  • Property now becomes the most easily recognized — Read more
  • Property is still of the nature of trophy, but — Read more
  • Probably at no other point is the sense of — Read more
  • Predation can not become the habitual — Read more
  • Personal contact with the hired persons... is — Read more
  • People of scholarly pursuits are unavoidably — Read more
  • Pecuniary employments, tending to conserve the — Read more
  • Ownership began and grew into a human institution — Read more
  • Our apparel is always in evidence and affords an — Read more
  • On the transition to the predatory culture the — Read more
  • On the ground both of taste and of serviceability — Read more
  • Not infrequently... the marks of cheapness or — Read more
  • No such evidence of skillful workmanship, or of — Read more
  • No apparel can be considered elegant, or even — Read more
  • Modern economic institutions fall into two — Read more
  • Mercantile pursuits are only half-way reputable — Read more
  • Men's present habits of thought tend to persist — Read more
  • Men tend to revert or to breed true, more or less — Read more
  • Manual labor, or even the work of directing — Read more
  • Manners... are in part an elaboration of gesture — Read more
  • Leisure held the first place at the start, and — Read more
  • It would be hazardous to assert that a useful — Read more
  • It would be extremely difficult to find a modern — Read more
  • It is true of dress in even a higher degree than — Read more
  • It is of course only as to the economic value of — Read more
  • It is not unusual to hear those persons who — Read more
  • It is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat — Read more
  • It is much more difficult to recede from a scale — Read more
  • It is felt by all men that a right and — Read more
  • It is currently believed that manners have — Read more
  • It frequently happens that an element of the — Read more
  • It appears that the canons of pecuniary — Read more
  • Institutions are products of the past process — Read more
  • Institutions are not only themselves the result — Read more
  • In their selection of serviceable goods in the — Read more
  • In their corporate capacity, these advanced — Read more
  • In the rare cases where it occurs, a failure to — Read more
  • In the modern industrial communities the — Read more
  • In the modern community there is also a more — Read more
  • In the later barbarian culture society attained — Read more
  • In the last analysis the value of manners lies in — Read more
  • In the early barbarian, or predatory stage proper — Read more
  • In point of natural endowment the pecuniary man — Read more
  • In persons of a delicate sensibility who have — Read more
  • In modern civilized communities... the norm of — Read more
  • In itself and in its consequences the life of — Read more
  • In general, the longer the habituation, the more — Read more
  • In any community where conspicuous consumption is — Read more
  • In all innovations in dress... the requirement of — Read more
  • In all but the lowest stages of culture the — Read more
  • In aesthetic theory it might be extremely — Read more
  • In a sense which has been greatly qualified in — Read more
  • In a general way, the element of waste tends to — Read more
  • Immaterial evidences of past leisure are — Read more
  • If, in addition to showing that the wearer can — Read more
  • If, as is sometimes assumed, the incentive to — Read more
  • If we go a step back of this exemplary barbarian — Read more
  • If its working were not disturbed by other — Read more
  • If any portion or class of society is sheltered — Read more
  • However widely, or equally, or "fairly", it may — Read more
  • Hence has arisen that exaltation of the defective — Read more
  • From the foregoing survey of the growth of — Read more
  • From the days of the Greek philosophers to the — Read more
  • Freedom from scruple, from sympathy, honesty and — Read more
  • For a creative principle, capable of serving as — Read more
  • Fashions are least stable and least becoming in — Read more
  • Expenditure for display is more obviously present — Read more
  • Examples from many departments... point to a fact — Read more
  • Even those varieties of the dog which have been — Read more
  • Even if the institution of a leisure class had — Read more
  • Entrance to the leisure class lies through the — Read more
  • Employments fall into a hierarchical gradation of — Read more
  • Each successive situation of the community in its — Read more
  • Each class envies and emulates the class next — Read more
  • During the predatory culture labor comes to be — Read more
  • Devout consumption is of the nature of vicarious — Read more
  • Deviations from the code of decorum have become — Read more
  • Customary expenditure must be classed under the — Read more
  • Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a — Read more
  • Conservatism, being an upper-class characteristic — Read more
  • Commonly, if not invariably, the honorific marks — Read more
  • Closely related to the requirement that the — Read more
  • Changing institutions in their turn make for a — Read more
  • Canons of reputability have had a... more — Read more
  • By further habituation to an appreciative — Read more
  • Barnyard fowl, hogs, cattle, sheep, goats — Read more
  • At this point, where the beautiful and the — Read more
  • At an earlier... stage of barbarism, the leisure — Read more
  • As wealth accumulates, the leisure class develops — Read more
  • As we descend the social scale, the point is — Read more
  • As the population increases in density, and as — Read more
  • As seen from the point of view of the individual — Read more
  • As seen from the economic point of view, leisure — Read more
  • As regards those individuals or classes who are — Read more
  • As increased industrial efficiency makes it — Read more
  • As fast as a person makes new acquisitions, and — Read more
  • Any valuable object in order to appeal to our — Read more
  • Any consumer who might, Diogenes-like, insist on — Read more
  • Any change in men's views as to what is good and — Read more
  • Animals which merit particular attention are cats — Read more
  • An auxiliary sense of taste is the sense of — Read more
  • An article may be useful and wasteful both, and — Read more
  • Among the country population its [conspicuous — Read more
  • Altered conditions may increase the facility of — Read more
  • All wastefulness is offensive to native taste — Read more
  • All that considerable body of morals that — Read more
  • All that class of ceremonial observances which — Read more
  • All ritual has a notable tendency to reduce itself to a rehearsal of formulas.
  • A standard of life would still be possible which — Read more
  • A form of marriage resting on coercion, and — Read more
  • A forest growth of oak, elm, beech, butternut — Read more
  • A divine assurance and an imperious complaisance — Read more
  • A distinction is still habitually made between — Read more
  • "Right" and "wrong" are of course here used — Read more