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1. "What is a snob? A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are. That is snobbery."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "The word ‘snobbery' came into use for the first time in England during the 1820s. It was said to have derived from the habit of many Oxford and Cambridge colleges of writing sine nobilitate (without nobility) or ‘s.nob.' next to the names of ordinary students on examination lists in order to distinguish them from their aristocratic peers. In the"
Author: Alain De Botton
3. "It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money."
Author: Albert Camus
4. "Of course, there's a certain type of person who feels that anything which becomes mainstream has to be rejected immediately. And that's part of the indie-alternative snobbery and hierarchy and elitism."
Author: Alex Kapranos
5. "Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery, but all snobbery is about the problem of belonging."
Author: Alexander Theroux
6. "...and I know what it is that's going to destroy the world. Lack of communication - reciprocal communication: cultural, political, intellectual - whatever you like. But more, it's snobbery and self-deceit, which are artificial, protective barriers that prevent communication."
Author: Angus Stewart
7. "It is professional snobbery that refrains training rookies."
Author: Aniruddha Sastikar
8. "But music is, at the very minimum, inflammatory, exclusionary, divisive, encouraging of snobbery and solipsism."
Author: Arthur Phillips
9. "..sudden attack of culture snobbery is a common affliction among policemen of a certain rank and age; it's like a normal midlife crisis only with more chandeliers and foreign languages."
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
10. "When you go to church you are really listening-in to the secret wireless from out friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going. He does it by playing on our conceit and laziness and intellectual snobbery."
Author: C.S. Lewis
11. "Ah, beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one's own past failings."
Author: Cary Grant
12. "Soaps are great. You learn to work very fast - some say superficially, but that's not really true. You do some very serious character work. I've never had any feelings about a stigma attached to it, and nowadays there seems to be less snobbery about what you do. More and more big names are doing TV and commercials and voiceovers."
Author: Charles Shaughnessy
13. "Kilmartin wrote a highly amusing and illuminating account of his experience as a Proust revisionist, which appeared in the first issue of Ben Sonnenberg's quarterly Grand Street in the autumn of 1981. The essay opened with a kind of encouragement: 'There used to be a story that discerning Frenchmen preferred to read Marcel Proust in English on the grounds that the prose of A la recherche du temps perdu was deeply un-French and heavily influenced by English writers such as Ruskin.' I cling to this even though Kilmartin thought it to be ridiculous Parisian snobbery; I shall never be able to read Proust in French, and one's opportunities for outfacing Gallic self-regard are relatively scarce."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
14. "The tunnel under the wall of intellectual snobbery is the only way back to common sense reality, but most won't find it because it is beneath them."
Author: D.E. Navarro
15. "[T]he new weird represents a productive experiment in fantasy fiction. The New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s arguably embodied science fiction's claim to literary 'seriousness.' This desire for seriousness is not snobbery, as sometimes suggested by folks who overemphasize the entertainment function of speculative fiction; it's about recognition of the vast possibilities within the field."
Author: Darja Malcolm Clarke
16. "I've found there to be a tremendous amount of East Coast snobbery in the journalism world."
Author: Diane Lane
17. "Unless we have the courage to fight for a revival of wholesome reserve between man and man, we shall perish in an anarchy of human values… . Socially it means the renunciation of all place-hunting, a break with the cult of the "star," an open eye both upwards and downwards, especially in the choice of one's more intimate friends, and pleasure in private life as well as courage to enter public life. Culturally it means a return from the newspaper and the radio to the book, from feverish activity to unhurried leisure, from dispersion to concentration, from sensationalism to reflection, from virtuosity to art, from snobbery to modesty, from extravagance to moderation."
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
18. "Snobbery is one of the things one should be most discriminating about"
Author: Edward St. Aubyn
19. "Critics established a snobbery toward me."
Author: Esther Williams
20. "For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes. All night the saxophones wailed the hopeless comment o the 'Beale Street Blues' while a hundred pairs of golden and silver slippers shuffled the shiny dust. At the grey tea hour there were always rooms that throbbed incessantly with this low, sweet fever, while fresh faces drifted here and there like rose petals blown by the sad horns around the floor."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
21. "The PhD system is the real root of the evil of academic snobbery. People who have PhDs consider themselves a priesthood, and inventors generally don't have PhDs."
Author: Freeman Dyson
22. "England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly."
Author: George Orwell
23. "I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours."
Author: Helen Clark
24. "My mum especially listens to music in a way that is incredibly feelings-based. There's virtually no snobbery about what sounds are in it, she just wants to hear a song and that is quite refreshing."
Author: James Blake
25. "Wine is wonderful stuff. But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it."
Author: John Cleese
26. "It takes just one, he says over and over. You hear that all the time in this business. One big case, and you can retire. That's one reason lawyers do so many sleazy things, like full-color ads in the yellow pages, and billboards, and placards on city buses, and telephone solicitation. You hold your nose, ignore the stench of what you're doing, ignore the snubs and snobbery of big-firm lawyers, because it takes only one."
Author: John Grisham
27. "My snobbery made me do it."
Author: John Lithgow
28. "Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair."
Author: Joseph Brodsky
29. "I deserted the world and sought solitude because I became tired of rendering courtesy to those multitudes who believe that humility is a sort of weakness, and mercy a kind of cowardice, and snobbery a form of strength."
Author: Kahlil Gibran
30. "Horror itself is a bit of a bullied genre, the antagonist being literary snobbery and public misconception. And I think good horror tackles our darkest fears, whatever they may be. It takes us into the minds of the victims, explores the threats, disseminates fear, studies how it changes us. It pulls back the curtain on the ugly underbelly of society, tears away the masks the monsters wear out in the world, shows us the potential truth of the human condition. Horror is truth, unflinching and honest. Not everybody wants to see that, but good horror ensures that it's there to be seen."
Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
31. "Why do you like Hugh better? Because he is a Viscount?''Well, that's one reason,' I admitted, without any false shame. Respect for degree was in my blood and I didn't think of it as snobbery."
Author: L.P. Hartley
32. "As I've already mentioned, 1984 and I were getting on famously. A no-frills setup, run without sentiment, snobbery or cultural favouritism, Airstrip One seemed like my kind of town. (I saw myself as an idealistic young corporal in the Thought Police.)"
Author: Martin Amis
33. "Such terrifying powers we possess, but what a sorry lot of gods some men are. And the worst of it is not the cruelty but the arrogance, the sheer hubris of those who bring only violence and fear into the animal world, as if it needed any more of either. Their lives entail enough frights and tribulations without the modern fire-makers, now armed with perfected, inescapable weapons, traipsing along for more fun and thrills at their expense even as so many of them die away. It is our fellow creatures' lot in the universe, the place assigned them in creation, to be completely at our mercy, the fiercest wolf or tiger defenseless against the most cowardly man. And to me it has always seemed not only ungenerous and shabby but a kind of supreme snobbery to deal cavalierly with them, as if their little share of the earth's happiness and grief were inconsequential, meaningless, beneath a man's attention, trumped by any and all designs he might have on them, however base, irrational, or wicked."
Author: Matthew Scully
34. "Snobbery management is as difficult and necessary as anger management."
Author: Michael Foley
35. "We learned pretty early on in this band that you can't have snobbery in music."
Author: Mike Shinoda
36. "The Occidental snobbery which is invading us, the gunboats, rapid-fire guns, long-range rifles, explosives... what else? Everything which makes death collective, administrative and bureaucratic - all the filth of your progress, in fact - is destroying, little by little, our beautiful traditions of the past."
Author: Octave Mirbeau
37. "A second or two later, the reptile had been quite absorbed by a handsome, arrogant-looking Englishman smelling strongly of snobbery and snake."
Author: P.B. Kerr
38. "Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died."
Author: Peter Ustinov
39. "Prayer or not, I want to believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, it is possible for anyone to find that one special person. That person to spend Christmas with or grow old with or just to take a nice silly walk in Central Park with. Somebody who wouldn't judge another for the prepositions they dangle, or their run-on sentences, and who in turn wouldn't be judged for the snobbery of their language etymology inclinations."
Author: Rachel Cohn
40. "Whence all this passion towards conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and you will have no tyrant states. Why, if they follow this conformity business, they'll end up by forcing me, an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but the lack of one. Must I strive towards colorlessness? But seriously and without snobbery, think of what the world would lose if that should happen. America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain."
Author: Ralph Ellison
41. "We had enough quite enough snobbery in this world without exporting it to the hereafter."
Author: Rick Riordan
42. "[General-in-Chief of the army, Lieutenant General Winfield] Scott not only believed that the idea [for a battlefield decoration, to wit, a Medal of Honor, or valor] smacked of Old World vanity, elitism, and snobbery, he also thought that such an award was entirely unnecessary."
Author: Russell S. Bonds
43. "'Venti caramel macchiato, please,' he said. 'Hold the snobbery.' The barista laughed and hit buttons on his register. 'You sure? We're having a sale on social mobility. The longer your coffee order takes to place, the more you have to pay.' 'Perfect. Reverse consumerism.'"
Author: S.W. Vaughn
44. "I can't bear literary snobbery."
Author: Sara Sheridan
45. "In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob."
Author: Simon Cowell
46. "Snobbery might sometimes look cool, like smoking, but the end result is usually a repelling one."
Author: Trent Zelazny
47. "...[T]he only means I have to stop ignorant snobs from behaving towards genre fiction with snobbish ignorance is to not reinforce their ignorance and snobbery by lying and saying that when I write SF it isn't SF, but to tell them more or less patiently for forty or fifty years that they are wrong to exclude SF and fantasy from literature, and proving my arguments by writing well."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
48. "Lord, lord, the snobbery of the English!"
Author: Virginia Woolf
49. "Questions, Hypothetical: Needn't be answered. No one knows why.Schools, Public: They teach you to stand on your own two feet. 'No doors on the lavatories. That sorts the men from the boys'.Snobbery, Inverted: The worst kind. No need to explain why."
Author: William Donaldson
50. "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery."
Author: Yves Saint Laurent

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