Today, as in the Gilded Age, we live in a world where a morality of personal responsibility rubs shoulders with a culture of greed and of flagrant social irresponsibility. Now as then, business has shed its collective responsibility for employees - just as government has for its citizens.— Charles Derber
Revealing Gilded Age quotations
Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.
Theres something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered a gilded age, and the culture of individualism became a culture of avarice.
A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun, It gives a light to every age, It gives, but borrows none.
Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.
[N]o 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.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice;
a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
The free man cannot be long an ignorant man.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
I wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two million dollars.
This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school.
That men in armour may be born With serpents' teeth the field is sown;
Rains mould, winds bend, suns gild the corn Too quickly ripe, too early mown. I scan the quivering heads, behold The features, catch the whispered breath Of friends long garnered in the cold Unopening granaries of death, Whose names in solemn cadence ring Across my slow oblivious page. Their friendship was a finer thing Than fame, or wealth, or honoured age, And--while you live and I--shall last Its tale of seasons with us yet Who cherish, in the undying past, The men we never can forget.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
The Reagan-Bush years have exalted private gain over public obligation, special interests over the common good, wealth and fame over work and family. The 1980s ushered in a Gilded Age of greed and selfishness, of irresponsibility and excess, and of neglect.
Sept. 11 jolted America out of its second gilded age.
The statesman, lawyer, merchant, man of trade Pants for the refuge of some rural shade, Where all his long anxieties forgot Amid the charms of a sequester'd spot, Or recollected only to gild o'er And add a smile to what was sweet before, He may possess the joys he thinks he sees, Lay his old age upon the lap of ease, Improve the remnant of his wasted span. And having lived a trifler, die a man.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
A market economy cannot thrive absent the well-being of average people, even in a gilded age.