American Sociologist Quotes


220 American Sociologist quotes:



"Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism."
"We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind."
"There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point."
"We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups."
"But in action, one defies one's character."
"There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served."
"Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone."
"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."
"The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live."
"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one."
"Why, I ask, isn't it possible that advertising as a whole is a fantastic fraud, presenting an image of America taken seriously by no one, least of all by the advertising men who create it?"
"America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese."
"If you want to get out of medicine the fullest enjoyment, be students all your lives."
Author: Riesman Quotes Category: American Sociologist Quotes Medicine Quotes
"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."
"The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse."
Author: Cooley Quotes Category: American Sociologist Quotes Cell Quotes
"Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom."
"Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse there are some true statements."
"Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century."
"The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts."
"School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them."


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