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Herbert Read Quotes and Sayings
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A man of personality can formulate ideals,
but only a man of character can achieve them.
- Herbert Read

That is why I believe that art is so much more significant
than either economics or philosophy.
It is the direct measure of man's spiritual vision.
- Herbert Read

If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass,
his life is not merely brutish and short,
but dull and mechanical.
- Herbert Read

The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being,
all other activities of the human spirit could be left
to take care of themselves.
- Herbert Read

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The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief,
but of despair.
- Herbert Read

We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist
civilization a new religion will emerge,
just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.
- Herbert Read

The farther a society progresses, the more clearly
the individual becomes the antithesis of the group.
- Herbert Read


 

Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past.
- Herbert Read

The principle of equity first came into evidence in
Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from
the physical meaning of the word.
- Herbert Read

It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia,
that if you do not provide your society with a new religion,
it will gradually revert to the old one.
- Herbert Read

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

You might think that it would he the natural desire
of every man to develop as an independent personality,
but this does not seem to be true.
- Herbert Read

The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for
philosophical rectitude cannot,
however, be compromised.
- Herbert Read

The point I am making is that in the more primitive
forms of society the individual is merely a unit;
in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality.
- Herbert Read

I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration.
- Herbert Read

I know of no better name than Anarchism.
- Herbert Read

The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.
- Herbert Read

The modern work of art, as I have said,
is a symbol.
- Herbert Read

In the evolution of mankind there has always been a
certain degree of social coherence.
- Herbert Read

Creeds and castes, and all forms of intellectual and emotional grouping,
belong to the past.
- Herbert Read

I call religion a natural authority,
but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority.
- Herbert Read

Morality, as has often been pointed out,
is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals.
- Herbert Read

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle
of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of
forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.
- Herbert Read

What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society
without some such mystical ethos.
- Herbert Read

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
- Herbert Read

To realize that new world we must prefer the values
of freedom and equality above all other values -
above personal wealth,
technical power and nationalism.
- Herbert Read

Art is pattern informed by sensibility.
- Herbert Read

My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline,
even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as
the first essential for success.
- Herbert Read

Man is everywhere still in chains.
- Herbert Read

Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society.
- Herbert Read

Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience -
by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance
and scope of human existence.
- Herbert Read

The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued
in the terms of its material wealth or military power,
but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals -
its philosophers,
its poets and its artists.
- Herbert Read

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any
direct relation to Roman jurisprudence;
but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of
nature rather than in the state of nature.
- Herbert Read

It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the
significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary
process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.
- Herbert Read

The assumption is that the right kind of society is
an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being,
but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions,
instincts and passions, intelligence and reason.
- Herbert Read

There are a few people, but a diminishing number,
who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system,
off era a coherent alternative to capitalism,
and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country.
- Herbert Read

But the further step, by means of which a civilization
is given its quality or culture,
is only attained by a process of cellular division,
in the course of which the individual is differentiated,
made distinct from and independent of the parent group.
- Herbert Read

Freud has shown one thing very clearly:
that we only forget our infancy by burying it in the unconscious;
and that the problems of this difficult period find
their solution under a disguised form in adult life.
- Herbert Read

These groups within a society can he distinguished according as to whether,
like an army or an orchestra, they function as a single body;
or whether they are united merely to defend their common
interests and otherwise function as separate individuals.
- Herbert Read

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu


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