The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
Perhaps as good a classification as any of the main types is that of the three lusts distinguished by traditional Christianity - the lust of knowledge, the lust of sensation, and the lust of power.
Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.
Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type.
A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards set so much above his ordinary self as to make him feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.
Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment.
Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.
The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope.
The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.
For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
Act strenuously, would appear to be our faith, and right thinking will take care of itself.
The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
Anyone who thus looks up has some chance of becoming worthy to be looked up to in turn.