It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.
Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.
The second fundamental feature of culture is that all culture has an element of striving.
Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.
An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions. In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved. Its general attitude is stoic.
You only live a short time... and you are dead a long time.
These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.
Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.
Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order.
A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.
Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.
Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment.
Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.
In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.
The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.
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