True respectability stems not from the will of the majority but from proper reasoning.
It is defiant the desperate act of men too profoundly convinced of the rottenness of our civilization to want to save a shred of its respectability.Sir Herbert Edward Read
There is no reason why the infield should not try to put the batter off his stride at the critical moment, by neatly- timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability.George Bernard Shaw
We claim no respectability. There's no status I would not surrender for a joke. So we don't have to defend anything.stephen colbert
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.john kenneth galbraith
I can't tell you how urbane and sprightly the old poll parrot was; and (this is what I think using the brain does for one), not a pocket, not a crevice, of pomp, humbug, respectability in him: he was fresh as a daisy.George Moore
This is exactly the kind of thing Templeton is ceaselessly angling for – recognition among real scientists – and they use their money shamelessly to satisfy their doomed craving for scientific respectability. They tried it on with the Royal Society of London, and they seem to have found a compliant Quisling in the current President, Martin Rees, who, though not religious himself, is a fervent 'believer in belief'.martin rees
By elevating the dictum of the market to the role of the sole criterion of rationality and efficiency, economics denies even all "respectability" to the distinction between essential and non-essential consumption, between productive and unproductive labor, between actual and potential surplus.paul a. baran
The hat is the ultimum moriens of "respectability".
Do you think that a man is renewed by God's Spirit, when except for a few religious phrases, and a little more outside respectability, he is just the old man, the same character at heart he ever was?
The hat is the ultimatum moriens of respectability.
The code of the Bourgeoisie ... is different from the Feudal code of the past, of the knightly classes, and of Chivalry; it is different from the Democratic code of the future of brotherhood and of equality; it is the code of the Commercial age and its distinctive watchword is property. The respectability of today is the respectability of property. There is nothing so respectable as being well-off.
It’s the music in our conscience, the dance in our spirit, which wants to make all Puritan litanies, all moral sermons, and petty bourgeois respectability sound out of tune.
respectability is a very good thing in its way, but it does not rise superior to all considerations. I would not for a moment venture to hint that it was a matter of taste; but I think I will go as far as this: that if a position is admittedly unkind, uncomfortable, unnecessary, and superfluously useless, although it were as respectableasthe Church of England, the sooner a man is out of it, the better for himself, and all concerned.Robert Louis Stevenson
The amiability of his disposition, and the thorough respectability of his character, no less than his ready talents and his growing repute, obtained for Laman Blanchard not only the society but the affection of many of the most eminent writers of his time.samuel laman blanchard
It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization the Urim and Thummim of respectability…. So strongly do we feel on this point, indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise.Robert Louis Stevenson
It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of respectability. The umbrella has become the acknowledged index of social position…. Crusoe was rather a moralist than a pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the civilized mind striving to express itself under adverse circumstances as we have ever met with.Robert Louis Stevenson