Herbert Croly Quotes


18 Herbert Croly quotes:



"The average American is nothing if not patriotic."
"Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less."
"To the European immigrant - that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life - the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity."
"American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation."
"Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, the United States would never have been the Land of Promise."
"I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism."
"In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism."
"In the long run, consequently, the ordinary American will have nothing irremediable to complain about except economic and social inequalities."
"Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith."
"Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved."
"So far I, at least, have no fault to find with implications of Hamilton's Federalism, but unfortunately his policy was in certain other respects tainted with a more doubtful tendency."
"The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise."
"The increased momentum of American life, both in its particles and its mass, unquestionably has a considerable moral and social value."
"The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal."
"The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created."
"The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness."
"Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised."
"When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem."



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