American Sociologist Quotes

218 American Sociologist quotes:

"However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible."
"Don't take the will for the deed; get the deed."
"Each man must have his I; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble."
"The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self."
"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
"As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it."
"There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to "Americanize" him."
"All of this suggests that while citizens became more comfortable with President Bush after September 11 and thought him to have the requisite leadership skills, they continue to harbor doubts about his priorities, loyalties, interests, and policies."
"America is an outlier in the world of democracies when it comes to the structure and conduct of elections."
"But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure of national unity and patriotism."
"Congress requires states to draw single-member districts."
"In states without a provision for popular initiative, reformers must navigate the normal state legislative process to alter the redistricting process."
"Responsibility for overseeing the implementation of election law typically resides with partisan officials, many with public stakes in the election outcome."
"The increase in straight-ticket party voting in recent years means that competitive congressional races can tip one way or the other depending on the showing of the candidates at the top of the ticket."
"Third, the overall support for the President does not extend to specific dimensions of his job performance beyond national security."
"With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological gulf between them never greater, the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high."
"A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks."
"Again, the only trends that interest the corporate boys and girls are demographic and businesslike. I doubt the think tank reports interest them much."
"All I will say is that there are particular features of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile - at best."
"American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions."

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