Remember to what a point your Puritanism in England has brought you. In old days nobody preferred to be a bit better than his neighbours. In fact, to be a bit better than one's neighbour was considered excessively vulgar and middle-class. Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, every one has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues - and what is the result? You all go over like ninepins - one after the other.
Mrs. Cheveley in: Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband