Anyone who thus looks up has some chance of becoming worthy to be looked up to in turn.
For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
Commercialism is laying its great greasy paw upon everything including the irresponsible quest of thrills; so that, whatever democracy may be theoretically, one is sometimes tempted to define it practically as standardized and commercialized melodrama.
A remarkable feature of the humanitarian movement, on both its sentimental and utilitarian sides, has been its preoccupation with the lot of the masses.
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.
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.
Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type.
The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope.
A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.
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.
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.
Furthermore, America suffers not only from a lack of standards, but also not infrequently from a confusion or an inversion of standards.
It is well to open one's mind but only as a preliminary to closing it ... for the supreme act of judgment and selection.
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.
According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxication.
Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment.
We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention, disregarded also the humane aspiration.
The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.
The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.
If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.
If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive, qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying.
Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally destined to emerge from the Revolution.
The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in foreign affairs as part of his program of world service.
The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.
Very few of the early Italian humanists were really humane.
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