Quotation by William James

Hardly ever can a youth transferred to the society of his betters unlearn the nasality and other vices of speech bred in him by the associations of his growing years. Hardly ever, indeed, no matter how much money there be in his pocket, can he ever learn to dress like a gentleman-born. The merchants offer their wares as eagerly to him as to the veriest "swell," but he simply cannot buy the right things.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1890).
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