John Jay Chapman

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John Jay Chapman

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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good government is the outcome of private virtue.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All progress is experimental.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are lots of people who cannot think seriously without injuring their minds.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Jay Chapman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More John Jay Chapman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.More John Jay Chapman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More John Jay Chapman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More John Jay Chapman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.More John Jay Chapman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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