Quote by Matthew Arnold
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
This quote by George Santayana reflects his view on the social classes within society, specifically in America. He categorizes society into three groups: Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace. Barbarians can be considered as those who are uncivilized or lack cultural refinement. Philistines represent individuals who have embraced materialism and prioritized superficial values. In contrast, the Populace refers to the majority of people who hold average or common characteristics. Santayana argues that America differs from other societies as it has managed to exclude the Barbarians, although the Populace remains strongly present.
The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unfortunate races have neither birth, nor face, nor language, nor mores in common; only their misfortunes look alike. Both occupy an equally inferior position in the country that they inhabit; both experience the effects of tyranny; and if their miseries are different, they can accuse the same author for them.
...And as for your hair!it's worse than ever.Can't you drench it in water to take those untidy twists and twirls out of it?''It only makes it curl more and more whey it gets dry,' said Molly, sudden tears coming into her eyes as a recollection came before her like a picture seen long ago and forgotten for years-a young mother washing and dressing her little girl; placing the half-naked darling on her knee, and twining the wet rings of dark hair fondly round her fingers, and then, in ecstasy of fondness, kissing the little curly head.