Quotable Fridays: Hugo on the Middle class

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“Who stops revolutions half way? The bourgeoisie.

Why?

Because the bourgeoisie is the interest which has attained to satisfaction. Yesterday it was appetite, today it is fullness, tomorrow it will be satiety…

There has been an attempt, an erroneous one, to make a special class of the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie is simply the contented portion of the people. The bourgeoisie is the man who has now time to sit down. A chair is not a caste.”

~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 818

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