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Herbert Croly Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Patriotism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
- Carl Jung

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that
he has descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program,
homes are independently verified to be measurably more
energy efficient than average houses.
- Melissa Bean

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- Andy Rooney

Half the people you know are below average.
- Anonymous

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at
seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
- Jean Kerr

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys
on a minor planet of a very average star.
But we can understand the Universe.
That makes us something very special.
- Stephen Hawking

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant
intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
- Sigmund Freud

Think of how stupid the average person is,
and realize half of them are stupider than that.
- George Carlin

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

I am only an average man but, by George,
I work harder at it than the average man.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the
average man more of the ingredients of success in life
than almost any academic course he takes.
- Knute Rockne

On average, Australians watch more than three hours of television a day,
compared with 12 minutes a day spent by the average
couple talking to each other.
- Hugh Mackay

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
- Henry B. Adams

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Good management consists in showing average people
how to do the work of superior people.
- John D. Rockefeller

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as
wise as the average woman of forty-eight.
- H. L. Mencken

I don't do drugs anymore...
than, say, the average touring funk band.
- Bill Hicks

The average estimate themselves by what they do,
the above average by what they are.
- Charles Edwards

The shelf life of the average trade book is somewhere between milk and yogurt.
- Calvin Trillin

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will.
Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of
your spiritual environment.
- Arthur Helps

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

Every time the guys were knocked out by my guitar playing
and the girls were knocked out by the type of songs I did.
That set us apart from the average blues band.
- George Thorogood

I'm an average enough person to point to the things
I've gotten to see that are awe-inspiring.
- Laurie Anderson

The average man does not know what to do with this life,
yet wants another one which will last forever.
- Anatole France

Every superior personality, and every superior performance,
has, for the average of mankind, something mysterious.
- Georg Simmel

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe
for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
- Ethel Merman

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different
from what the average man is.
- Robert H. Schuller

The average gardener probably knows little about what
is going on in his or her garden.
- Ken Thompson

I probably spend more time with my kids than the average stay-at-home mother.
- Kirstie Alley

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
- Lord Chesterfield

We are losing each day an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country,
if not more.
If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.
- Iyad Allawi

In reality, serial killers are of average intelligence.
- Pat Brown

The healthiest competition occurs when average people
win by putting above average effort.
- Colin Powell

Nevertheless, it is even harder for the average ape
to believe that he has descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken

The average user doesn't give a damn what happens,
as long as (1) it works and (2) it's fast.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here.
- Kabir Bedi

What this loss means will be appreciated from the statement
that one bushel of wheat contains sufficient energy
to support the average working man for 15 days.
- David F. Houston


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