Aristocracy is always cruel.
—Wendell Phillips (1811–84) American Abolitionist, Lawyer, Orator
A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip: there is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
Aristocracy has three successive ages: the age of superiorities, that of privileges, and that of vanities. — Having passed out of the first, it degenerates in the second, and dies away in the third.
—Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) French Writer, Academician, Statesman
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for ‘Tis only to them that they are blessings.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.
—Daniel Defoe (1659–1731) English Writer, Journalist, Pamphleteer