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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 #1

What's more, these gentry drag around with them a great train of idle servants, who have never learned any trade by which they could make a living. (1.17)

Hythloday is not a fan of these "gentry" (i.e., aristocrats). But his problem with them isn't only that they themselves are lazy, but that they make the people around them lazy and useless, too. Double whammy.

Quote #2

Among [the Utopians] virtue has its reward, yet everything is shared equally, and all men live in plenty. (1.38)

We're definitely picking up a connection between no wealth and equality. This Utopian characteristic seems to be challenging the idea that inequality can be a helpful motivator.

Quote #3

But no one [in Utopia] has to exhaust himself with endless toil […] as if he were a beast of burden. (1.51)

Be on the lookout for these animal-people comparisons; they turn up often when Hythloday is describing what he considers to be economic injustice. Why do you think he chose this kind of metaphor?

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