I posted this article a long time ago, but it didn't get too many hits. That made me sad, because it's one of my favorite posts. Here's one part I thought was hilarious:
James Boswell: "In civilized society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which one will respect you the most."
Like Chris Rock's stand-up comedy, it's funny because there's some truth to it. (And to those who haven't seen Chris Rock in action, I highly recommend Never Scared.)
Anyway, the post with the money quotes is here.