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For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual,
by Irving Babbitt

For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual,
just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
- Irving Babbitt

Related topics: Peace

A remarkable feature of the humanitarian movement,
on both its sentimental and utilitarian sides,
has been its preoccupation with the lot of the masses.
- Irving Babbitt

The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth
of knowledge and sympathy.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

 

The ultimate binding element in the medieval order
was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives,
notably the pope.
- Irving Babbitt

The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity,
must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
- Irving Babbitt

The papacy again, representing the traditional unity
of European civilization,
has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.
- Irving Babbitt

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Act strenuously, would appear to be our faith,
and right thinking will take care of itself.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently
no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in
terms of work or of enjoyment.
- Irving Babbitt

If a man went simply by what he saw,
he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.
- Irving Babbitt

Very few of the early Italian humanists were really humane.
- Irving Babbitt

Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally
destined to emerge from the Revolution.
- Irving Babbitt

Anyone who thus looks up has some chance of becoming
worthy to be looked up to in turn.
- Irving Babbitt

The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere
great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards.
- Irving Babbitt

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude,
is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself,
but imperialistic about its practice.
- Irving Babbitt

If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive,
qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive,
a sentiment and even an intoxication.
- Irving Babbitt

The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in
foreign affairs as part of his program of world service.
- Irving Babbitt

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.
- Irving Babbitt

If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards,
and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.
- Irving Babbitt

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the
whole question of standards and leadership because
of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

Furthermore, America suffers not only from a lack of standards,
but also not infrequently from a confusion or an inversion of standards.
- Irving Babbitt

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

Perhaps as good a classification as any of the main
types is that of the three lusts distinguished by traditional Christianity -
the lust of knowledge,
the lust of sensation, and the lust of power.
- Irving Babbitt

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.
- Irving Babbitt

An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper
in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect
symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen.
- Irving Babbitt

A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump,
faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the
great cause of this progress,
should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian,
and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
- Irving Babbitt

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

It's not what you take when
you leave this world behind you.
It's what you leave behind you when you go.
- Randy Travis

We all have a social mask, right?
We put it on, we go out, put our
best foot forward, our best image.
But behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe
about who we are and what we're capable of.
- Phil McGraw

If you are absolutely without mind,
just pure consciousness,
time stops completely,
disappears,
leaving no trace behind.
- Osho

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

He's my friend that speaks well of me behind my back.
- Thomas Fuller

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Moving on is simple, it's what you leave behind
that makes it so difficult.
- Anonymous

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm
that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts
and their conflagration
which are needed to produce
valuable and lasting results.
- Carl Jung

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
- Ambrose Bierce

I do not believe in immortality of the individual,
and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern
with no superhuman authority behind it.
- Albert Einstein

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche
that must have been left behind in the Sixties,
that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
- John Lennon

All changes, even the most longed for,
have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.
- Anatole France

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
- Jim Carrey

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.
- David Ogden Stiers

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
- Charles Lindbergh

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Every thought has a consequence.
And every experience has a causative thought behind it.
- Ernest Holmes

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

There is no logical way to the discovery
of these elemental laws.
There is only the way of intuition,
which is helped by a feeling
for the order lying behind the appearance.
- Albert Einstein

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.
Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
- Harold MacMillan


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