Irving Babbitt Quotes

36 Irving Babbitt quotes:

"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 human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality."
"The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in foreign affairs as part of his program of world service."
"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 papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism."
"The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection."
"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."
"To harmonize the One with the Many, this is indeed a difficult adjustment, perhaps the most difficult of all, and so important, withal, that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it."
"To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy."
"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."
"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."
"Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon."
"For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual."

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