Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Has it ever been really noted to what extent a genuinely religious life requires a leisure class, or half-leisure—I mean leisure with a good conscience, from way back, by blood, to which the aristocratic feeling that work disgraces is not altogether alien—the feeling that it makes soul and body common. And that consequently our modern, noisy, time-consuming industriousness, proud of itself, stupidly proud, educates and prepares people, more than anything else does, precisely for “unbelief.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, 'Beyond Good and Evil'

The essential characteristic of a good and healthy aristocracy, however, is that it experiences itself not as a function (whether of the monarchy or the commonwealth) but as their meaning and highest justification—that it therefore accepts with a good conscience the sacrifice of untold human beings who, for its sake, must be reduced and lowered to partial and incomplete human beings, to slaves, to instruments. Their fundamental faith simply has to be that society must not exist for society’s sake but only as the foundation and scaffolding on which a choice type of human being is able to raise itself to its higher task and to a higher state of being.
Friedrich Nietzsche, 'Beyond Good and Evil'

Luxury requires an aristocratic setting to make it attractive.
George Santayana

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Edmund Burke

Like many of the upper class
He liked the sound of broken glass.
Hilaire Belloc

Those who let their nails grow and always have them clean do not earn their living with their hands. The Puritan dread of sin is a pseudo-aristocratic refinement of souls who have not to toil amidst life's dirt.
Miguel de Unamuno

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
Charles Baudelaire

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