A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards set so much above his ordinary self as to make him feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards.
The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.
For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.
Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.
An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen.
If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards, and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.
Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.
According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxication.
The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.
Perhaps as good a classification as any of the main types is that of the three lusts distinguished by traditional Christianity - the lust of knowledge, the lust of sensation, and the lust of power.
The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
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