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Herbert Read Quotes and Sayings

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In the evolution of mankind there has always been a
certain degree of social coherence.
- Herbert Read

The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief,
but of despair.
- Herbert Read

Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience -
by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance
and scope of human existence.
- Herbert Read

The principle of equity first came into evidence in
Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from
the physical meaning of the word.
- Herbert Read

 

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle
of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of
forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.
- Herbert Read

The farther a society progresses, the more clearly
the individual becomes the antithesis of the group.
- Herbert Read

I know of no better name than Anarchism.
- Herbert Read

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The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for
philosophical rectitude cannot,
however, be compromised.
- Herbert Read

The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being,
all other activities of the human spirit could be left
to take care of themselves.
- Herbert Read

We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist
civilization a new religion will emerge,
just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.
- Herbert Read

If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass,
his life is not merely brutish and short,
but dull and mechanical.
- Herbert Read

You might think that it would he the natural desire
of every man to develop as an independent personality,
but this does not seem to be true.
- Herbert Read

Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society.
- Herbert Read

The modern work of art, as I have said,
is a symbol.
- Herbert Read

That is why I believe that art is so much more significant
than either economics or philosophy.
It is the direct measure of man's spiritual vision.
- Herbert Read

The point I am making is that in the more primitive
forms of society the individual is merely a unit;
in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality.
- Herbert Read

Art is pattern informed by sensibility.
- Herbert Read

Morality, as has often been pointed out,
is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals.
- Herbert Read

Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past.
- Herbert Read

Creeds and castes, and all forms of intellectual and emotional grouping,
belong to the past.
- Herbert Read

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration.
- Herbert Read

The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.
- Herbert Read

A man of personality can formulate ideals,
but only a man of character can achieve them.
- Herbert Read

What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society
without some such mystical ethos.
- Herbert Read

My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline,
even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as
the first essential for success.
- Herbert Read

I call religion a natural authority,
but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority.
- Herbert Read

The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
- Herbert Read

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

To realize that new world we must prefer the values
of freedom and equality above all other values -
above personal wealth,
technical power and nationalism.
- Herbert Read

It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia,
that if you do not provide your society with a new religion,
it will gradually revert to the old one.
- Herbert Read

Man is everywhere still in chains.
- Herbert Read

The assumption is that the right kind of society is
an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being,
but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions,
instincts and passions, intelligence and reason.
- Herbert Read

The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued
in the terms of its material wealth or military power,
but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals -
its philosophers,
its poets and its artists.
- Herbert Read

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any
direct relation to Roman jurisprudence;
but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of
nature rather than in the state of nature.
- Herbert Read

Freud has shown one thing very clearly:
that we only forget our infancy by burying it in the unconscious;
and that the problems of this difficult period find
their solution under a disguised form in adult life.
- Herbert Read

But the further step, by means of which a civilization
is given its quality or culture,
is only attained by a process of cellular division,
in the course of which the individual is differentiated,
made distinct from and independent of the parent group.
- Herbert Read

There are a few people, but a diminishing number,
who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system,
off era a coherent alternative to capitalism,
and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country.
- Herbert Read

It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the
significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary
process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.
- Herbert Read

These groups within a society can he distinguished according as to whether,
like an army or an orchestra, they function as a single body;
or whether they are united merely to defend their common
interests and otherwise function as separate individuals.
- Herbert Read

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin

In the struggle for survival,
the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals
because they succeed in adapting
themselves best to their environment.
- Charles Darwin

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

Breaking up is a natural evolution
when you try to figure out what you want in life.
If you're with an individual
who isn't moving in the same direction
and at the same rate that you are,
it ain't going to work.
- Usher Raymond

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in
Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon,
strange to our values and heritage.
- Hosni Mubarak

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

The evolution of sex is the hardest problem in evolutionary biology.
- John M. Smith

We're in the midst of an evolution, not a revolution.
- James Levine

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

Evolution is baseless and quite incredible.
- John Ambrose Fleming

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

We completely reject the theory of evolution.
- John Ambrose Fleming

A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

If we turn to palaeontology to tell us about our biological
evolution it is to prehistory that we look for evidence
of the evolution of specifically human patterns of behaviour.
- John G. D. Clark

Evolution is not a force but a process.
Not a cause but a law.
- John Morley

Scripture suggests that the elements in space were
created for the benefit of earth,
while evolution suggests that earth is an insignificant speck in vast space.
- Walter Lang

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply
applies to life here on earth;
it applies to the whole universe.
- John Polkinghorne

Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It began as hackers' rights.
Then it became general civil liberties of everybody -
government stay away.
- Esther Dyson

I believe that history might be, and ought to be,
taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of
it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.
- Thomas Huxley

Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin:
variation and selection.
- Ernst Mayr

Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution.
But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records
to understand the significance of the earlier records!
- Evan Parker

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying,
'You haven't answered every question with evolution,'...
Well, guess what? Science can't answer every question.
- Kenneth Miller


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