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Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.
In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
The simple opposition between the people and big business has disappeared because the people themselves have become so deeply involved in big business.
There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems.
He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract.
The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class.
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.
Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men.
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated.
What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party.
It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.
People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.
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