The great offices, whether permanent or parliamentary, which require mind now give social prestige, and almost only those. An Under-Secretary of State with »2,000 a year is a much greater man than the director of a finance company with »5,000, and the country saves the difference. Walter Bagehot
The English Constitution, ch.4,'The House of Lords'.
I earn it by enjoying such authorityand prestige that people will not buy expensive Italian pictures without myapproval. Bernard BerensonSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Comment on his income, addressed to the Internal Revenue Service. Quoted in The Making of a Legend (1987).
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