He had not the least pride of birth and rank, that common narrow notion of little minds, that wretched mistaken succedaneum of merit.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Characters of Chesterfield, 1778, repr. Augustan Reprint Society, nos. 259-260, p. 43, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).
Character of Lord Scarborough, one of Chesterfield's closest friends.)
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. National Gazette (December 19, 1791). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 164, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
Comparing slavery to colonies.)
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, July 1, 1748, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. II, p. 22, London (1774).)