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by Thomas More

Utopia Society and Class Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Book.Page) based on the 1989 Cambridge University Press edition

Quote #10

My chief objection [to the Utopian way of life] was to the basis of their whole system, that is, their communal living and their moneyless economy. This one thing alone utterly subverts all the nobility, magnificence, splendor, and majesty which [...] are the true ornaments and glory of a commonwealth. (2.110)

This passage comes at the end of Utopia, as More narrates his response to what Hythloday has been describing. For some reason, More doesn't elaborate on why he sees the communal living in Utopia as so problematic. Might he secretly agree with Hythloday? Or does he think the answer is just so obvious?

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