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The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today Quotes

15 of the best book quotes from The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
  1. #1
    ″... no country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.”
  2. #2
    “He brought us clear down to the ground, nearly. He’s an honest soul, and means the very best in the world, but I’m afraid, I’m afraid he’s too flighty.”
  3. #3
    “Washington dreamed his way along the street, his fancy flitting from grain to hogs, from hogs to banks, from banks to eye-water, from eye-water to Tennessee Land, and lingering but a feverish moment upon each of these fascinations.”
  4. #4
    ″... Miss Alice is a great friend of Harry’s, who is always trying to build a house by beginning at the top.”
  5. #5
    “He has no traditions to bind him or guide him; and his impulse is to break away from the occupation his father has followed, and make a new way for himself.”
  6. #6
    “And one of the first and most startling things you find out is, that every individual you encounter in the City of Washington ... from the highest bureau chief, clear down to the maid who scrubs Department halls, the night watchmen of the public buildings... represents Political Influence.”
  7. #7
    “An ugly woman would ruin me, the disease would be sure to strike in and kill me at the sight of her. I think a pretty physician, with engaging manners, would coax a fellow to live through almost anything.”
  1. #8
    “Unless you can get the ear of a Senator, or a Congressman, or a Chief of a Bureau or Department, and persuade him to use his ‘influence’ in your behalf, you cannot get an employment of the most trivial nature in Washington.”
  2. #9
    “Nobody knows anything, really, you know, and a woman can guess a good deal nearer than a man.”
  3. #10
    “I wasn’t worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.”
  4. #11
    “To the young American, here or elsewhere, the paths to fortune are innumerable and all open; There is invitation in the air and success in all his wide horizon.”
  5. #12
    ″... a woman will never do again what has been done before.”
  6. #13
    “A woman’s intuition is better than a man’s.”
  7. #14
    “Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises.”
  8. #15
    “If you should rear a duck in the heart of the Sahara, no doubt it would swim if you brought it to the Nile.”
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