Monday, 9 March 2009

Quote of the Day

From The Theory of the Leisure Class:
"The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law; and some good repute accrues to him from his increased wealth and from his spending the irregularly acquired possessions in a seemly manner. A well-bred expenditure of his booty especially appeals with great effect to persons of a cultivated sense of the proprieties, and goes far to mitigate the sense of moral turpitude with with his dereliction is viewed by them."

2 comments:

CharlieMcMenamin said...

There a deliciously succinct quote from a Guardian letter over on Richard Murphy's site today which fits well with this:

" I'm intensely relaxed about Peter Mandelson getting filthy"

Tom P said...

good one!