To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.
Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction.
There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.
A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory.
Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it.
The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God.
If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
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