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Irving Babbitt Quotes

36 Irving Babbitt quotes:

"A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice."
"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."
"A remarkable feature of the humanitarian movement, on both its sentimental and utilitarian sides, has been its preoccupation with the lot of the masses."
"Anyone who thus looks up has some chance of becoming worthy to be looked up to in turn."
"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."
"If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards, and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism."
"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."
"Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally destined to emerge from the Revolution."
"Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment."
"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."
"The humanities need to be defended to-day against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology."
"The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards."
"The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope."
"This comparative indifference to clearness and consistency of thought is visible even in that chief object of our national concern, education."
"Very few of the early Italian humanists were really humane."
"We may affirm, then, that the main drift of the later Renaissance was away from a humanism that favored a free expansion toward a humanism that was in the highest degree disciplinary and selective."
"Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism."
"The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy."
"A gross and palpable error of the era that is just closing has been the confusion of mechanical and material progress with moral progress."

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