Quotes with society
All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends-wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
If philosophers are really to deal with the problem of human existence -- and no other professional group in society is likely to take over the job for them -- they might very well begin by asking: How does philosophy itself exist at the present time? Or, more concretely: How do philosophers exist in the modern world?
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
The state is or can be master of money, but in a free society it is master of very little else.
Voluntary Action (1948)
Money: A blessing that is of no advantage excepting when we part with it. An evidence of culture and a passport to polite society.
To enable man to understand the society of the past and to increase his mastery over the society of the present is the dual function of history.
What is History?, 1962
We showcased an utterly immoral, grotesquely greedy, decadent society that we felt was imminent.
On making Shampoo (1975) with Warren Beatty and Robert Towne.
I cannot even talk about waste without being indignant. My introduction to Hollywood was a society that used it, sniffed it and threw it away. We've become a bit like that ourselves in the past 30 years. There's an attitude among the successful people of spend and spend, flaunt and flaunt, and don't think of anyone else.
I met such interesting people with Warren Beatty, whom I would never have met otherwise. And the film Shampoo (1975) stands the test of time. I cherish all those days. But I could not hack L.A. Hollywood was basically a throwaway society, run by publicity machines.
Nothing so cements and holds together all the parts of a society as faith or credit, which can never be kept up unless men are under some force or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another.
For Americans, it was love at first sight with the automobile. It is fair to say the Model T revolutionized American life.... The auto gave the working and middle classes a sense of accomplishment. The new, auto-induced sense of freedom ... helped to open up American society in the 1920s.
Don't Know Much About History
Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.
Statement, England, September 15, 1933
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy. A man who is not happy in the company, cannot find any word in his memory that will fit the occasion. All his information is a little impertinent. A man who is happy there, finds in every turn of the conversation occasions for the introduction of what he has to say. The favorites of society and what it calls whole souls, are able men, and of more spirit than wit, who have no uncomfortable egotism, but who exactly fill the hour and the company, contended and contenting.
We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. In our barbarous society the influence of character is in its infancy.
Essays: Second Series (1844)
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.
It says they [gay] should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society. The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.
Interview with Vatican journalists, July 29, 2013
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.
Society must be organized in such a way that man's social, loving nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with it. If it is true, as I have tried to show, that love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature.
The Art of Loving (1956)
I believe that if an individual is not on the path to transcending his society and seeing in what way it furthers or impedes the development of human potential, he cannot enter into intimate contact with his humanity. If the tabus, restrictions, distorted values appear "natural" to him, this is a clear indication that he cannot have a real knowledge of human nature.
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a sceptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a skeptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
The Comedians, Pt. III, Ch. 4
The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.
Table-Talk: Essays On Men And Manners
One of the eternal conflicts out of which life is made up is that between the effort of every man to get the most he can for his services, and that of society, disguised under the name of capital, to get his services for the least possible return.
Dissenting opinion in Vegelahn v. Guntner (1896)
The world cannot utterly ignore men who lay down their lives for any cause. Men may write and agitate, they may scream never so shrilly about the wrongs of the world, but when they go forth to fight single-handed and to die for what they preach, they have at least earned the right to demand of society an inquiry.
Violence and the Labor Movement (1914)
Serfs and slaves were always given at least enough to keep them physically well. But present-day society has ignored the wisdom of this fair provision.
Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world.
Social Amnesia (1975)
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.
The dynamic of our society, and particularly our new economy, will increasingly obey the logic of networks. Understanding how networks work will be the key to understanding how the economy works.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
From a speech given to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Aug. 16, 1967
People who have had power, when they become powerless, are really tragic.... We just allow ourselves to be conditioned by a society so we become as important as we're supposed to be.'
Educated rascality is infinitely more of a menace to society than ignorant rascality.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.
Society had a crime problem. It hired cops to attack crime. Now society has a cop problem.
Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.
The reason the lawyers lead the line to the guillotine or the firing squad is that, while law is supposed to be a device to serve society, a civilized way of helping the wheels go round without too much friction, it is pretty hard to find a group less concerned with serving society and more concerned with serving themselves than the lawyers.
"Goodbye to Law Reviews," 23 Virginia Law Review 38-45 (November 1936).
While law is supposed to be a device to serve society, a civilized way of helping the wheels go round without too much friction, it is pretty hard to find a group less concerned with serving society and more concerned with serving themselves than the lawyers.
"Goodbye to Law Reviews," 23 Virginia Law Review 38-45 (November 1936).
The bar does not claim to be the communion of saints. It only claims to be a noble organization of fallible men, in a fallible society. It concedes that all lawyers sometimes blunder in a professional service; that many sometimes sin against professional duty; that some are incompetent and some are vicious. But it asserts its own dignity and integrity, by a greater contempt than the world has for its dunces, by a severer reprobation of its knaves.
Address at Wisconsin Law School (1873)
When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found: they forget where they came from.
I'm 23 years old. I might just be my mother's child, but in all reality, I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.
We will define history as a mental construct of the past based on evidence which has been carefully subjected to the tests of validity and then critically and systematically ordered and interpreted to present a story of [humans’] interaction with other [humans] in a society.
Probing the Past
One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.
Journal entry (June 20, 1899)
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Speech in Detroit, Michigan (October 7, 1952).
I came to office with one deliberate intent, to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society, from a give-it-to-me to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.
In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1971)
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
Letter to the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May 10, 1789