Quotes and Sayings about Middle class



"This ought to be a season for cooperation in terms of pushing our economy forward, job creation, steadying the middle class, and laying the groundwork for a better future. And that's what we want to work on with Republicans and Democrats."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Work, Class, Cooperation, Creation, Democrats, Economy, Future, Job, Middle class, Republicans, Want)

"We don't want to go back to the same policies and the same practices that drove our economy into a ditch, that punished the middle class, and that led us to this catastrophe. We have to keep moving forward."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Class, Economy, Middle class, Want)

"Comfort came in with the middle classes."
- Clive Bell
(Related: Comfort)

"They cannot divide us by saying that you're middle class or you're lower class."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Class, Middle class, Saying)

"There is no such thing as a black middle class."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end - people like myself - should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it."
- Warren Buffett
(Related: People, Class, End, Middle class, Taxes)

"It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Being, Causes, Class, Luxury, Middle class)

"When runaway inflation and bank failures struck in Germany in the 1920s, the middle class was destroyed, which led directly to the rise of the Nazis."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Class, Germany, Inflation, Middle class)

"In economic panics throughout history, the wiping out of the savings accounts of lower earners and the middle class has often led to social revolution, sometimes violent upheavals."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: History, Class, Revolution, Middle class)

"Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Apathy, Breeding, Class, Crime, May, Middle class)

"I want to buy them, because historically these have been great engines of enrichment for the middle class, 'historically' meaning now for a good ten years."
- Jim Cramer
(Related: Class, Meaning, Middle class, Now, Want, Years)

"I think the state has some serious problems. Just look at the layoffs going on across the state, not just in Chicago. It affects the middle class. It pushes people down."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: People, Chicago, Class, Middle class, Problems, State)

"What I think is different today is the lack of political connection between the black middle class and the increasing numbers of black people who are more impoverished than ever before."
- Angela Davis
(Related: People, Class, Connection, Middle class, Numbers, Today)

"Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: People, Class, Middle class, Running)

"I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people."
- James Ellroy
(Related: Women, People, Class, Fans, Middle class, Now)

"A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush's shovel."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Class, Economy, Middle class)

"A middle class is so important to a society that its value cannot be overestimated."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Society, Class, Middle class, Value)

"In this case it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me."
- Colin Firth
(Related: America, Class, Middle class)

"One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Children)

"This erosion of the middle class is happening all over the place. The opening of a wider gap between rich and poor is always accompanied by such a process."
- Susan George
(Related: Class, Middle class, Poor)

"If, if more stimulus means more tax cuts to small businesses, if, if more stimulus means middle class tax cuts, then I'm for it."
- Alexi Giannoulias
(Related: Class, Tax, Middle class, Tax cuts)

"For most of the 20th century, we didn't just enjoy economic success in Michigan, we defined it. Our innovators and entrepreneurs created the world's most productive companies, and our unions made sure that productivity led to broad middle class prosperity."
- Jennifer M. Granholm
(Related: Success, Class, Entrepreneurs, Middle class, Productivity, Prosperity, World)

"We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature."
- Adolph Green
(Related: Nature, Class, Folk, Middle class)

"We don't have a full black community in Boston. Our people are scattered. There's a middle class where I live in Highland Park but it's not like a piece of Washington or Chicago."
- Henry Hampton
(Related: People, Boston, Chicago, Class, Community, Middle class, Washington)

"I'm painfully middle class."
- Valerie Harper
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx."
- Arthur Hertzberg
(Related: American, Culture)

"Right now, America's middle class is struggling to meet their basic needs."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: America, Class, Middle class, Needs, Now, Right)

"We need to work together, on a bipartisan basis, to create new jobs, increase job training, enact real and substantive middle class tax relief, and reward companies that create jobs at home."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Home, Work, Class, Tax, Job, Jobs, Middle class, Reward, Training)

"The middle class is teetering on the brink of collapse just as surely as AIG was in the fall of 2009 - only this time, it's not just one giant insurance company (and its banking counterparties) facing disaster, it's tens of millions of hardworking Americans who played by the rules."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Time, Americans, Class, Company, Disaster, Middle class, Rules)

"Increasingly, staying in the middle class - let alone aspiring to become middle class - is becoming a game of chance."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Chance, Class, Middle class)

"My childhood is completely... when I look back, it was '50s in New York, upper-middle class, it was completely idyllic and golden and wonderful - sweet in every way."
- Peter Jurasik
(Related: Childhood, Class)

"A market where chief executive officers make 262 times that of the average worker and 821 times that of the minimum-wage worker is not a market that is working well. And it is surely not working well enough to build a solid middle class."
- Marcy Kaptur
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class."
- John F. Kerry
(Related: Class, Democrats, Middle class)

"I was born in 1923 into a middle class Jewish family in Vienna, a few years after the end of World War I, which was disastrous from the Austrian point of view."
- Walter Kohn
(Related: Family, War, Class, End, Middle class, World, World war, Years)

"I strongly support tax relief for the middle class."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Class, Tax, Middle class, Support)

"Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Opportunity, Class, Congress, Favors, Tax, Middle class)

"We need a positive economic agenda that invests in the innovation and growth that will create jobs for middle class families and ensure that America remains the world leader."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Leader, Growth, Positive, America, Class, Innovation, Jobs, Middle class, Will, World)

"I'm incredibly boring; I had a very happy childhood. I never starved, nor did I have a silver spoon in my mouth. I'm one of those terribly middle-of-the-road, British middle class, South London gents."
- Jude Law
(Related: Childhood, Class, London, Middle class)

"When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor. Materially, not much changed."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: People, Artists, Battle, Civil rights, Class, Hippies, Middle class, Poor)

"The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century."
- Sinclair Lewis
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"I come from an everyday middle class family in India. The film industry reached us only through our television sets and cinema halls."
- Lavrenti Lopes
(Related: Family, Cinema, Class, Film, Middle class, Television)

"There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer."
- John McGahern
(Related: People, Christianity, Church, Class, Middle class, World)

"The issues that matter to me are the social safety nets for people, health care, middle-class concerns. We need to take care of the middle class and the poor in our country."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Health, People, Care, Class, Country, Middle class, Poor, Safety)

"I don't want to remember 2005 as a year that the government heaped unnecessary burdens upon American families. Stealing from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich, while increasing the deficit, is hardly responsible."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Government, American, Class, Giving, Middle class, Poor, Want)

"Look, there is a sort of old view about class which is a very simplistic view that we have got the working class, the middle class and the upper class, I think it is more complicated than that."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Class, Middle class, Old)

"The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Class, Middle class, Now, Poor, Population)

"The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Class, Middle class, Population)

"For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again."
- Howard Nemerov
(Related: Business, Work, Class, Middle class)

"We can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Class, Middle class, Mind, Republicans)

"I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Class, Economy, Middle class, Taxes, Will)

"I grew up between the two world wars and received a rather solid general education, the kind middle class children enjoyed in a country whose educational system had its roots dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy."
- George Andrew Olah
(Related: Dating, Education, Children, Class, Country, Middle class, World)

"We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose."
- George Orwell
(Related: Class, May, Middle class, Nothing, Will)

"We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class!"
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Fighting, Past)

"My parents were determined to move into the middle class."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Class, Middle class, Parents)

"There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Leadership, America, Civil rights, Class, Conservative, Middle class, Party, Republican)

"Moderates shouldn't be nervous about Newt because he has a vision, he's laid it forward. He's fundamentally leading us in the way that middle class Americans want to go."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Vision, Americans, Class, Leading, Middle class, Want)

"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Class, Future, Middle class, Nation, Past)

"My films play only in Bengal, and my audience is the educated middle class in the cities and small towns. They also play in Bombay, Madras and Delhi where there is a Bengali population."
- Satyajit Ray
(Related: Cities, Class, Middle class, Play, Population)

"I didn't come from a trailer park. I grew up middle class and my dad had money and my mom made my lunch. I got a car when I was sixteen. I'm proud of that."
- Kid Rock
(Related: Car, Dad, Mom, Money, Class, Middle class)

"If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn't count."
- Dave Van Ronk
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Class, Middle class)

"The controversies between the proletariat and the middle class had to be smoothed out and bridged over by each getting to know and understand the other."
- Fritz Sauckel
(Related: Class, Middle class)

"Driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake is likely to get you nowhere, but certainly will burn out vital parts of your car. Similarly, cutting taxes on the middle class, but increasing them on the 'rich' is likely to result in an economic burnout."
- Terry Savage
(Related: Car, Burnout, Class, Driving, Middle class, Result, Taxes, Will)

"We're going to need to absorb some pain. The Republicans want to pile all the pain on people who can least afford it and the middle class and Democrats under his leadership want to make sure that we can address deficit reduction and continue to make investments and shared sacrifice is going to be imperative in order to be able to do that."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Leadership, Sacrifice, People, Class, Democrats, Middle class, Order, Pain, Republicans, Want)

"The economic recession in America wasn't caused by bad luck; it was caused by bad Republican policies. But the Republican candidates are doubling down on the same flawed policies that led to the loss of 3.6 million jobs in the final months of 2008 and gravely affected middle class families across America."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: America, Class, Jobs, Loss, Luck, Middle class, Months, Republican)

"President Obama is making the tough decisions to get our country going in the right direction, has taken our economy from job losses to 15 straight months of job gains, cut taxes 26 times, and focused like a laser on getting the middle class back on its feet while those campaigning to replace him have failed to show they can lead on these issues."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Class, Country, Decisions, Direction, Economy, Feet, Job, Middle class, Months, President, Right, Taxes)

"But I don't think the Democratic Party is at eye level with the middle class."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Class, Eye, Middle class, Party)

"Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Soul, Class, Earth, Independence, Middle class)

"One of the strengths of our nation has always been a strong middle class who could afford their own homes and send their children to school."
- James Sinegal
(Related: Children, Class, Middle class, Nation, School)

"We've always been in favor of improved wages for workers. When you have a strong middle class, they want to buy more stuff at Costco."
- James Sinegal
(Related: Class, Middle class, Wages, Want, Workers)

"I came from Nebraska, a very middle class family with a progressive father."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: Family, Father, Class, Middle class)

"Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Class, Future, Generations, Measure, Middle class, Planning, Poor)

"We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys, middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: People, Bombs, Class, Killing, Middle class, Poor, Suicide)

"It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class, and to force society into an organization of only two classes, one at each social extreme."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Society, Class, Extreme, Force, Middle class)

"For globalization to work for America, it must work for working people. We should measure the success of our economy by the breadth of our middle class, and the scope of opportunity offered to the poorest child to climb into that middle class."
- John J. Sweeney
(Related: Success, Work, People, Opportunity, America, Class, Economy, Globalization, Measure, Middle class)

"If a budget is designed to show our values, it's clear where the majority stands: against opportunity, against education, and against America's hard-working, tax-paying middle class."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: Education, Opportunity, Values, America, Class, Tax, Majority, Middle class)

"Rather than showing themselves to be an ally to the middle class by ending the AMT or repealing it for years to come, my Republican colleagues refused to include it in today's legislation and America's middle class will surely suffer that choice greatly."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: America, Choice, Class, Ending, Legislation, Middle class, Republican, Today, Will, Years)

"Today's tax cuts provide yet another illustration of the Republicans' fiscally irresponsible economic policies that ignore the needs of America's middle class, students, and working families."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: America, Class, Tax, Middle class, Needs, Republicans, Students, Tax cuts, Today)

"You know the funny thing, I don't get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people."
- Donald Trump
(Related: Funny, People, Class, Middle class, Poor)

"At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in, and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject. I don't. This was a prank, and a silly one. I'm focused on my work."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Change, Time, Work, Financial, Class, Court, Debt, Games, Interest, Middle class, Silly, Want)

"All those predictions about how much economic growth will be created by this, all of those new jobs, would be created by the things we wanted - the extension of unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts. An estate tax for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs. A tax cut for billionaires - virtually none."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Growth, Class, Tax, Jobs, Middle class, Tax cuts, Unemployment, Will)

"The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Age, Life, Society, Class, Enemy, Middle age, Middle class)