Charles Cooley Quotes


35 Charles Cooley quotes:



"A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail. . . . Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: Conviction Quotes
"In most cases a favorite writer is more with us in his book than he ever could have been in the flesh; since, being a writer, he is one who has studied and perfected this particular mode of personal incarnation, very likely to the detriment of any other. I should like as a matter of curiosity to see and hear for a moment the men whose works I admire; but I should hardly expect to find further intercourse particularly profitable."
"The bashful are always aggressive at heart."
"We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot."
"The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles."
"The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: American Sociologist Quotes Effective Quotes
"One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide."
"The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds."
"No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world."
"So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational."
"A person of mature years and ripe development, who is expecting nothing from literature but the corroboration and renewal of past ideas, may find satisfaction in a lucidity so complete as to occasion no imaginative excitement, but young and ambitious students are not content with it. They seek the excitement because they are capable of the growth that it accompanies."
"We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because it is stale -- identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: Diversity Quotes
"Simplicity is a pleasant thing in children, or at any age, but it is not necessarily admirable, nor is affectation altogether a thing of evil. To be normal, to be at home in the world, with a prospect of power, usefulness, or success, the person must have that imaginative insight into other minds that underlies tact and savoir-faire, morality and beneficence. This insight involves sophistication, some understanding and sharing of the clandestine impulses of human nature. A simplicity that is merely the lack of this insight indicates a sort of defect."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: Simplicity Quotes
"To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: American Sociologist Quotes Aspirations Quotes
"When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him."
"The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: American Sociologist Quotes Cell Quotes
"Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture."
"By recognizing a favorable opinion of yourself, and taking pleasure in it, you in a measure give yourself and your peace of mind into the keeping of another, of whose attitude you can never be certain. You have a new source of doubt and apprehension."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: Praise Quotes
"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."
"To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change."



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