Opinion | Let’s Become More Divided

Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.

— Max Beerbohm

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know where their high school yearbook is and those who do not.

— Sloane Crosley, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake”

The world is divided into two types: the idle and the anti-idle. The anti-idle I hereby christen ‘botherers.’

— Tom Hodgkinson, “How to Be Idle”

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who leave home, and those who don’t.

— Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage”

Either you’re a crunchy person or you’re not.

— Marion Cunningham, “The Breakfast Book”

Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static and dynamic.

— Evelyn Waugh, “Decline and Fall”

The world, as we know, divides unequally between those who love aspic (not too many) and those who loathe and fear it (most).

— Laurie Colwin, “More Home Cooking”

The world is divided into two classes — invalids and nurses.

— James McNeill Whistler

For me, all people are divided into two groups — those who laugh, and those who smile.

— Vladimir Nabokov, “Think, Write, Speak”

The world is home to two kinds of folk: those who name their horses and those who don’t.

— Téa Obreht, “Inland”

Freddie, there are two kinds of people in this world, and you ain’t one of them.

— Dolly Parton, in “Rhinestone”

Perhaps there are two kinds of people, those for whom nothingness is no problem, and those for whom it is an insuperable problem.

— John Updike, “Self-Consciousness”

There are only two kinds of people, the ones who like sleeping next to the wall, and those who like sleeping next to the people who push them off the bed.

— Etgar Keret, “The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God”

“Sheep” and “goats”

— The two classes of people, according to Hugh Trevor-Roper

“Cats” and “monkeys”

— The two human types, according to Henry James

“Cleans” and “Dirties”

— The two kinds of writers, according to Saul Bellow

“Hairy” and “Smooth”

— The two kinds of playwrights, according to Kenneth Tynan

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.

— Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac”

What he failed to understand was that there were really only two kinds of people: fat ones and thin ones.

— Margaret Atwood, “Lady Oracle”

There are two kinds of people in the world: the kind who alphabetize their record collections, and the kind who don’t.

— Sarah Vowell, “The Partly Cloudy Patriot”

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”

I divide the world into people who want to control something and those who want to make something.

— Henri Cole, in The Paris Review

The world is divided into two types of fishermen: those who catch fish and those who do not.

— Jacques Pépin, “The Apprentice”

There truly are two kinds of people:
you and everyone else.

— Sarah Manguso

There are two kinds of people, and I don’t care much for either of them.

— Eric Idle, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”

There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not. Both classes are extremely unpleasant to meet socially.

— Robert Benchley, in Vanity Fair

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