A strange and somewhat impassive physiognomy is often, perhaps, an advantage to an orator, or leader of any sort, because it helps to fix the eye and fascinate the mind.— Charles Horton Cooley
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One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood.
The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
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.
Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God.
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.
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.
The chief misery of the decline of the faculties, and a main cause of the irritability that often goes with it, is evidently the isolation, the lack of customary appreciation and influence, which only the rarest tact and thoughtfulness on the part of others can alleviate.
The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.
The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.
Form the habit of making decisions when your spirit is fresh.
..to let dark moods lead is like choosing cowards to command armies.
Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
A cat cares for you only as a source of food, security and a place in the sun.
Each man must have his I; it is more necessary to him than bread.
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.
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.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.
The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation. It is like obedience to some external authority; any clear way, though it lead to death, is mentally preferable to the tangle of uncertainty.
To cease to admire is a proof of deterioration.
One of the great reasons for the popularity of strikes is that they give the suppressed self a sense of power. For once the human tool knows itself a man, able to stand up and speak a word or strike a blow.
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.
The bashful are always aggressive at heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic;
it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.
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.
I is a militant social tendency, working to hold and enlarge its place in the general current of tendencies. So far as it can it waxes, as all life does. To think of it as apart from society is a palpable absurdity of which no one could be guilty who really saw it as a fact of life.
Could anything be more indicative of a slight but general insanity than the aspect of the crowd on the streets of Chicago?
By recognizing a favorable opinion of yourself, and taking pleasure in it, you in a measure give yourself and your peace of mind into the keeping of another, of whose attitude you can never be certain. You have a new source of doubt and apprehension.
We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.
There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.
There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
If youth is the period of hero-worship, so also is it true that hero-worship, more than anything else, perhaps, gives one the sense of youth. To admire, to expand one's self, to forget the rut, to have a sense of newness and life and hope, is to feel young at any time of life.
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.
Freedom is the opportunity for right development, for development in accordance with the progressive ideal of life that we have in conscience.
No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world.
Faith in our associates is part of our faith in God.
The actual God of many Americans... is simply the current of American life.
It is partly to avoid consciousness of greed that we prefer to associate with those who are at least as greedy as we ourselves. Those who consume much less are a reproach.
In the days of witchcraft it used to be believed that if one person secretly made a waxen image of another and stuck pins into the image, its counterpart would suffer tortures, and that if the image was melted the person would die. This superstition is almost realized in the relation between the private self and its social reflection. They seem to separate but are darkly united, and what is done to the one is done to the other.
The thing that moves us to pride or shame is not the mere mechanical reflection of ourselves but the imagined effect of this reflection upon another's mind.