Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and
then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of
distinction among her companions. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, ch.24.
The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for
some purposes, is at bottom a specious
one,Ifeel.Thereare only individual egos, crazy for love. Donald Barthelme Come Back, Dr Caligari,'Me and Miss Mandible'.
The only real distinction at this dangerous moment in human historyand
cosmic development has nothing to do with medals and
ribbons. Not to fall asleep is distinguished.
Everything else is mere popcorn. Saul Bellow Humboldt's Gift.
The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shewn
by man's attaining to a higher eminence in
whatever he takes up, than can womanwhether
requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or
merely the use of the senses and hands. Charles Robert Darwin The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex,
That is the great distinction between the sexes. Men
see objects, women
seetherelationship between objects It is an extra
dimension of feeling which we men are without and one
that makes war abhorrent to all real womenand absurd. John Robert Fowles The Magus, ch.52.
In the affluent society, no useful distinction can be made between luxuries
and necessities. John Kenneth Galbraith The Affluent Society.
Never literary attempt was more unfortunate than my Treatise of Human
Nature. It fell dead-born from the press, without
reaching such distinction, as even to excite a murmur
among the zealots. David Hume My Own Life, ch.1.
But if he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and
vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses, let us count
our spoons. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark,14 Jul. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
If there be no nobility of descent in a nation, it is all the more indispensable
that there should be nobility of ascent; a character
in them that bear rule, so fine and high and pure, that
as men come within the circle of its influence, they
involuntarily pay homagetothat which is the one pre-eminent
distinctionthe royalty of virtue. Henry Codman Potter Washington centennial address, 30 Apr.
'Would you just as soon get off the earth?' holding ourselves
aloof in pride of distinction saying to ourselves
this costs us nothing as though hate has
no cost as though hate ever
grewanything worth growing. Carl Sandburg On'the red men'.The People,Yes.
The cross of the Legion of Honour has been conferred upon me. However,
few escape that distinction. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain ATramp Abroad, ch.8.