Russell Lynes Quotes

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one. Russell Lynes

What we are headed for is a sort of social structure in which the highbrows are the elite, the middlebrows are the bourgeoisie and the lowbrows are hoi polloi. Russell Lynes

The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon. Russell Lynes

In my estimation, the only thing that is more to be guarded against than bad taste is good taste. Russell Lynes

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved. Russell Lynes

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence. Russell Lynes

It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity. Russell Lynes