You send a boy to school in order to make friendsthe right sort.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 16, 1921, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).
Woolf was here quoting the reaction of Maurice Baring and his wife to Lady Cromer sending her son to Winchester, which was not considered elite enough.)
That's the public-school system all over. They may kick you out, but they never let you down.
(Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Captain Grimes, in Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1928).
Paul Pennyfeather, to whom these words are addressed, had been given a letter of recommendation by his housemaster after being expelled from school.)