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I am not a prophet in any sense of the word,
by Herbert Croly

I am not a prophet in any sense of the word,
and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the
foregoing mixture of optimism,
fatalism, and conservatism.
- Herbert Croly

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

The higher American patriotism, on the other hand,
combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent
with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
- Herbert Croly

Unless the great majority of Americans not only have,
but believe they have, a fair chance,
the better American future will be dangerously compromised.
- Herbert Croly

 

Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic
enthusiasm and good faith.
- Herbert Croly

Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically
absolute popular government,
but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
- Herbert Croly

When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union
and to the existing Federalist organization,
the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.
- Herbert Croly

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Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness,
the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.
- Herbert Croly

Let it be immediately added, however,
that this economic independence and prosperity has
always been absolutely associated in the American mind
with free political institutions.
- Herbert Croly

The only fruitful promise of which the life of any
individual or any nation can be possessed,
is a promise determined by an ideal.
- Herbert Croly

American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation,
and much matter for regret and humiliation.
- Herbert Croly

The popular will cannot be taken for granted,
it must be created.
- Herbert Croly

In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
- Herbert Croly

The first phase of American political history was characterized
by the conflict between the Federalists and the Republicans,
and it resulted in the complete triumph of the latter.
- Herbert Croly

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished,
so far as our domestic development was concerned,
by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
- Herbert Croly

To the European immigrant - that is,
to the aliens who have been converted into Americans
by the advantages of American life -
the Promise of America has consisted largely in the
opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.
- Herbert Croly

So far I, at least, have no fault to find with implications
of Hamilton's Federalism,
but unfortunately his policy was in certain other respects
tainted with a more doubtful tendency.
- Herbert Croly

The more consciously democratic Americans became,
however, the less they were satisfied with a conception of the Promised Land,
which went no farther than a pervasive economic prosperity
guaranteed by free institutions.
- Herbert Croly

The adoption by Jefferson and the Republicans of the
political structure of their opponents is of an importance
hardly inferior to that of the adoption of the Constitution by the states.
- Herbert Croly

The combination of Federalism and Republicanism which
formed the substance of the system,
did not constitute a progressive and formative political principle,
but it pointed in the direction of a constructive formula.
- Herbert Croly

Our country was thereby saved from the consequences
of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy,
and its merely legal conception of nationality.
It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it,
that the Union was preserved.
- Herbert Croly

The interest which lay behind Federalism was that of
well-to-do citizens in a stable political and social order,
and this interest aroused them to favor and to seek
some form of political organization which was capable
of protecting their property and promoting its interest.
- Herbert Croly

When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal,
whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work,
the effect thereof is substantially to identify the
national purpose with the social problem.
- Herbert Croly

The American economic, political, and social organization
has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity,
political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality;
and this achievement is a gain,
not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization.
- Herbert Croly

The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is,
of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic;
and the actual achievement of the American nation points
towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal.
- Herbert Croly

The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith,
but also of political fears.
It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest
and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights.
- Herbert Croly

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon


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