A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
— Samuel Johnson

Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
Virginia Woolf stately quote

The Landlord is a gentleman who does not earn his wealth. He has a host of agents and clerks that receive for him. He does not even take the trouble to spend his wealth. He has a host of people around him to do the actual spending. He never sees it until he comes to enjoy it. His sole function, his chief pride, is the stately consumption of wealth produced by others.
— David Lloyd George

A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.
— Thomas Carlyle

And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
— stately quotation by Gilbert K. Chesterton