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Charles Horton Cooley Quotes and Sayings

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Our individual lives cannot, generally,
be works of art unless the social order is also.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Related topics: Society

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action,
a superior mind exists in torture.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy,
attributable to the same causes as the freedom.
- Charles Horton Cooley

 

To cease to admire is a proof of deterioration.
- Charles Horton Cooley

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive,
is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but
by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does
not seem imposing to some one at some time.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The literature of the inner life is very largely a
record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit.
You have to fall back upon humanity and God.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Prudence and compromise are necessary means,
but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life,
is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The imaginations which people have of one another are
the solid facts of society.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The bashful are always aggressive at heart.
- Charles Horton Cooley

One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood.
The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
- Charles Horton Cooley

If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character,
the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful;
he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity,
and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Institutions - government, churches,
industries,
and the like - have properly no other function than
to contribute to human freedom;
and in so far as they fail,
on the whole, to perform this function,
they are wrong and need reconstruction.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Between richer and poorer classes in a free country
a mutually respecting antagonism is much healthier
than pity on the one hand and dependence on the other,
as is, perhaps, the next best thing to fraternal feeling.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- 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

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

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

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa


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