On the conclusion of the recent unpleasantness on Wall Street:
"Rowdies are never revolutionaries, they are always reactionary. It is among the young that the greatest conformists and Philistines are found, e.g., the hippies with their group beards and group protests. Demonstrators at American universities care as little about education as football fans who smash up subway stations in England care about soccer. All belong to the same family of goofy hoodlums--with a sprinkling of clever rogues among them."
[From the interview Vladimir Nabokov gave Philip Oakes in The Sunday Times, June 1969; collected in Strong Opinions, 1973.]