America is a tune. It must be sung together.— Gerald Stanley Lee
The most delicious Gerald Stanley Lee quotes that are little-known but priceless
Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
New York is the capital, the national headquarters of homelessness.... No one feels he belongs here.
I have seen that Man moves over with each new generation into a bigger body, more awful, more reverent and more free than he has had before.
A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want.
We have had the stone age; we have had the iron age; and now we have the sky age, and the sky telegraph, and sky men, and sky cities. Mountains of stone are built out of men's visions. Towers and skyscrapers swing up out of their wills and up out of their hearts.
The problem of living in this modern world is the problem of finding room in it.
The crowd principle is so universally at work through modern life that the geography of the world had been changed to conform to it. We live in crowds. We get our living in crowds. We are amused in herds.
No man living in a world as interesting as this ever writes a book if he can help it.
The idea ... that collective society should take hold of Evil and set it down hard in its chair and make it cry seems to many of us absolutely sound. Of course, we feel that it is not for us, those who love righteousness, to jump on the necks of the wicked. We prefer to have it attended to in a more dignified, impersonal way by Society as a whole.
Machinery is the subconscious mind of the world.
The great man is the man who can get himself made and who will get himself made out of anything he finds at hand.
Cities are the huge central dynamos of all being.
The power of a man can be measured today by the mile, the number of miles between him and the city; that is, between him and what the city stands for -- the centre of mass.
Machinery makes men like itself.
We may have hell if we have war, and we may have hell if we have peace.
But if we have no vision for what we do, we have hell anyway.
A vice is a failure of desire
Crowds speak in heroes.
It is never the machines that are dead. It is only the mechanically-minded men that are dead.
The first and most practical step in getting what one wants in this world is wanting it. One would think that the next step would be expressing what one wants. But it almost never is. It generally consists in wanting it still harder.
There is never any real danger in allowing a pedestal for a hero.
He never has time to sit on it. One sees him always over and over again kicking his pedestal out from under him, and using it to batter a world with.
The new industrial world is coming to us one new free-born industry at a time.
To be original is to discover the commonplace of a thousand years--to face at first the sneer that no one would have thought of it, and at last the indifference because any one would.
There are two kinds of second class men in business.
There is the man who puts money first and service second. There is the man who puts service first and money second, who never has any money. The first class man in business is the man who is made up out of rolling the other two kinds into one man and working them together.
What was invented two thousand years ago was the spirit of Christianity.
When America has been discovered in America it will be discovered in Europe.
They are looking for America now.
Christmas it too large to be tucked away in the toe of a child's stocking.