The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time.— Katharine Fullerton Gerould
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Educational legislation nowadays is largely in the hands of illiterate people, and the illiterate will take good care that their illiteracy is not made a reproach on them.
There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
Ignorance of what real learning is, and a consequent suspicion of it;
materialism, and a consequent intellectual laxity, both of these have done destructive work in the colleges.
Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them.
One is more delightful for being told one is delightful-just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.
Social distinctions concern themselves ultimately with whom you may and may not marry.
All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.
No fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: the dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionaires.
No convention gets to be a convention at all except by grace of a lot of clever and powerful people first inventing it, and then imposing it on others. You can be pretty sure, if you are strictly conventional, that you are following genius--a long way off. And unless you are a genius yourself, that is a good thing to do.
You can bear anything if it is not your fault.
Most men have always wanted as much as they could get;
and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism.
I nearly always find, when I ask a vegetarian if he is a socialist, or a socialist if he is a vegetarian, that the answer is in the affirmative.
One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
The aristocracy most widely developed in America is that of wealth.
When did the word 'temperament' come into fashion with us? Perhaps it came in when we discovered that artists were human beings.
Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.
The principle of fashion is . . . the principle of the kaleidoscope. A new year can only bring us a new combination of the same elements; and about once in so often we go back and begin again.
if you are perfectly willing to shock an individual verbally, the next thing you will be doing is to shock him practically.
Frenchwomen could not dress like Englishwomen without conviction of sin.
I have looked warily at anthropologists ever since the day when I went to hear a great Greek scholar lecture on the Iliad, and listened for an hour to talk about bull-roarers and leopard-societies.
[Science] has challenged the super-eminence of religion;
it has turned all philosophy out of doors except that which clings to its skirts; it has thrown contempt on all learning that does not depend on it; and it has bribed the skeptics by giving us immense material comforts.
Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude.
The very notion of tabu is one of the rightest notions in the world.
Better any old tabu than none, for a man cannot be said to be"on the side of the stars" at all, unless he makes refusals.
Each man's private conscience ought to be a nice little self-registering thermometer: he ought to carry his moral code incorruptibly and explicitly within himself, and not care what the world thinks. The mass of human beings, however, are not made that way; and many people have been saved from crime or sin by the simple dislike of doing things they would not like to confess.
Society, by insisting on conventions, has merely insisted on certain convenient signs by which we may know that a man is considering, in daily life, the comfort of other people.
Do you see any majority, anywhere, in this imperfect and irreligious world, admitting that the minority is precious? That any minority is precious?
Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for the alien who comes among us.
Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.
The indiscreet questioner - and by indiscreet questions I mean questions which it is not conceivably a man's duty either to the community or to any individual to answer - is a marauder, and there is every excuse for treating him as such.
Every one knows about the young man who falls in love with the chorus-girl because she can kick his hat off, and his sister's friends can't or won't. But the youth who marries her, expecting that all her departures from convention will be as agile or as delightful to him as that, is still the classic example of folly.
Culture' means a long receptivity to things of the mind and the spirit.
On the whole, I should say that the person who likes to lie should never, in any circumstances, be allowed to. Leave the lying to the people who hate it. You will not find them indulging often.
It is not permissible to lie merely to save one's face.
But it is sometimes permissible to lie to save another person's face.
The imagination can be happy in places where the whole man is not.
The only glory most of us have to hope for is the glory of being normal.
Some of the men and women who will not say in so many words the thing which is not, will deliberately give a false impression. They are not the servants of truth; they are the parasites of truth.
There are inquiries which are a sort of moral burglary.
The insidiousness of science lies in its claim to be not a subject, but a method.
... if we have a dollar to spend on some wild excess, we shall spend it on a book, not on asparagus out of season.
When the temperamental and unconventional people are not mere plagiarists of dead eccentrics, they lack, in almost every case, thehistoric sense.
I know exaggerators of both kinds: people whose lies are only picturesque adjectives, and people whose picturesque adjectives are only lies.
... the more we recruit from immigrants who bring no personal traditions with them, the more America is going to ignore the things of the spirit. No one whose consuming desire is either for food or for motor-cars is going to care about culture, or even know what it is.
I have always, privately and humbly, thought it a pity that so good a word [as culture] should go out of the best vocabularies; for when you lose an abstract term, you are apt to lose the thing it stands for.
The great mistake of the reformers is to believe that life begins and ends with health, and that happiness begins and ends with a full stomach and the power to enjoy physical pleasures, even of the finer kind.
men demand everything and are not satisfied until sex blinds them into thinking they have got it.
For never doubt that those souls who live least by the flesh feel themselves most defiled by its defilement.
democracy always makes for materialism, because the only kind of equality that you can guarantee to a whole people is, broadly speaking, physical.
Individual freedom and individual equality cannot co-exist.
I dare say no one since Thomas Jefferson has really believed it.
What passes for an original opinion is, generally, merely an original phrase.
Old lamps for new - yes; but it is always the same oil in the lamp.