A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 31, 2013
“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself”

American author and critics William Dean Howells (1837-1920) wrote in 1894:

“Without it (drink—ed.), there would be far less poverty than there is, but poverty is a good old American institution, too; there would inevitably be less equality, but inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.”

“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself” is a quotation that has been included in many quotation collections.


Wikipedia: William Dean Howells
William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. Nicknamed “The Dean of American Letters”, he was particularly known for his tenure as editor of the Atlantic Monthly as well as his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story “Christmas Every Day” and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.

Google Books
March 1894, The Cosmopolitan, pg. 558:
LETTERS OF AN ALTRURAIN TRAVELLER.
By W. D. HOWELLS
PLUTOCRATIC CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS.
Pg. 565:
Without it (drink—ed.), there would be far less poverty than there is, but poverty is a good old American institution, too; there would inevitably be less equality, but inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.

Google Books
A Dictionary of American Proverbs
Edited by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury and Kelsie B. Harder
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
1991
Pg. 550:
inequality Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself. Rec. dist.: N.Y., S.C. 1st cit.: US1896Howells, New York Streets in Impressions and Experiences. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 705:2.

Google Books
The Executive’s Book of Quotations
Edited by Julia Vitullo-Martin and J. Robert Moskin
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
1994
Pg. 105:
“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty.”
WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS, author and editor

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Posted by Barry Popik
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