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Quotations From LEWIS H LAPHAM

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  • 1.
    Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 4 (1988).

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  • 2.
    The national distrust of the contemplative temperament arises less from an innate Philistinism than from a suspicion of anything that cannot be counted, stuffed, framed or mounted over the fireplace in the den.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 8 (1988).
  • 3.
    A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. "Citizen Goetz," Harper's (New York, March 1985).

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  • 4.
    If a foreign country doesn't look like a middle-class suburb of Dallas or Detroit, then obviously the natives must be dangerous as well as badly dressed.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 5, sec. 1 (1988).
  • 5.
    I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 9 (1988).
  • 6.
    The more prosperous and settled a nation, the more readily it tends to think of war as a regrettable accident; to nations less fortunate the chance of war presents itself as a possible bountiful friend.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. "Notebook: Brave New World," Harper's (New York, March 1991).

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  • 7.
    Seeing is believing, and if an American success is to count for anything in the world it must be clothed in the raiment of property. As often as not it isn't the money itself that means anything; it is the use of money as the currency of the soul.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 8 (1988).

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  • 8.
    The figure of the enthusiast who has just discovered jogging or a new way to fix tofu can be said to stand or, more accurately, to tremble on the threshold of conversion, as the representative American.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. "The Complete American," Harper's (New York, November 1981).
  • 9.
    More than illness or death, the American journalist fears standing alone against the whim of his owners or the prejudices of his audience. Deprive William Safire of the insignia of the New York Times, and he would have a hard time selling his truths to a weekly broadsheet in suburban Duluth.
    Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 9 (1988).

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