One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.
All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.
We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
Category: Age And Aging
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they cannot be stated and justified merely by reason, one can only answer: they exist in a healthy society as powerful traditions, which act upon the conduct and aspirations and judgments of the individuals; they are there, that is, as something living, without its being necessary to find justification for their existence.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Though our conduct seems so very different from that of the higher animals, the primary instincts are much alike in them and in us.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.