People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.

— John Jay Chapman

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All progress is experimental.

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The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact.

Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.

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If you are to reach masses of people in this world, you must do it by a sign language. Whether your vehicle be commerce, literature, or politics, you can do nothing but raise signals, and make motions to the people.

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The short lesson that comes out of long experience in political agitation is something like this: all the motive power in all of these movements is the instinct of religious feeling. All the obstruction comes from attempting to rely on anything else. Conciliation is the enemy.

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Learning is not easy, but hard; culture is severe. The steps to Parnassus are steep and terribly arduous.

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Nothing is more injurious to the character and to the intellect than the suppression of a generous emotion.

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A political organization is a transferable commodity.

You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.

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There are lots of people who cannot think seriously without injuring their minds.

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Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness;

our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.

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Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it.

The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.

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Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.

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I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.

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About John Jay Chapman

Quotes 46 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

The power of quotation is as dreadful a weapon as any which the human intellect can forge.

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You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.

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It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.

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Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.

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If any of you ... have a mind to make himself heard a mile off, you must make a bonfire of your reputations, and a close enemy of most men who would wish you well.

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You cannot criticize the New Testament. It criticizes you.

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The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.

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A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair - why, this is the desideratum of mankind.

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The fact that a man is to vote forces him to think.

You may preach to a congregation by the year and not affect its thought because it is not called upon for definite action. But throw your subject into a campaign and it becomes a challenge.

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Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict.

The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same - hardihood. Give them raw truth.

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One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, - to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary, to collect sagas and heap cairns. This instinct as to the enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilization.

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The fact that a man is to vote forces him to think.

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The world values the seer above all men, and has always done so.

Nay, it values all men in proportion as they partake of the character of seers. You love them because you say, These things were not made, they were seen.

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Is there something in trade that desiccates and flattens out, that turns men into dried leaves at the age of forty? Certainly there is. It is not due to trade but to intensity of self-seeking, combined with narrowness of occupation. Business has destroyed the very knowledge in us of all other natural forces except business.

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When a man talks with absolute sincerity and freedom he goes on a voyage of discovery. The whole company has shares in the enterprise.

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Every generation is a secret society and has incommunicable enthusiasms, tastes, and interests which are a mystery both to its predecessors and to posterity.

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Good government is the outcome of private virtue.

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Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict.

The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same -- hardihood. Give them raw truth.

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People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, -- that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.

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The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.

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The worst enemy of good government is not our ignorant foreign voter, but our educated domestic railroad president, our prominent business man, our leading lawyer.

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As for boredom ... I notice that it leaves me as soon as I am doing something that has got to be done.

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There are plenty of people to whom the crucial problem of their lives never get presented in terms that they can understand.

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The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact.

Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side is proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.

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It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep.

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So long as there is any subject which men may not freely discuss, they are timid upon all subjects.

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A true university can never rest upon the will of one man.

A true university always rests upon the wills of many divergent-minded old men, who refuse to be disturbed, but who growl in their kennels.

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Attack another's rights and you destroy your own.

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If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance;

if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.

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Inspired teachers ... cannot be ordered by the gross from the factory. They must be discovered one by one, and brought home from the woods and swamps like orchids. They must be placed in a conservatory, not in a carpenter shop; and they must be honored and trusted.

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We cannot hand our faith to one another.

... Even in the Middle Ages, when faith was theoretically uniform, it was always practically individual.

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The men and woman who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else...some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in their lives of others. Your ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. But the heartbroken people -- if I may use the word in a mild, benevolent sense -- the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.

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The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all. It must be corrupt or he will not recognize it. He has only seen dried figs. He has only thought dried thoughts. A live thought or a real idea is against the rules of his mind.

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