Human Nature and the Social Order

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1902 - Individualism - 413 pages
 

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Page 136 - In its widest possible sense, however, a man's Self is the sum total of all that he CAN call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his lands and horses, and yacht and bank-account.
Page 148 - Inwendig lernt kein Mensch sein Innerstes Erkennen; denn er mißt nach eignem Maß Sich bald zu klein und leider oft zu groß. Der Mensch erkennt sich nur im Menschen, nur Das Leben lehret jedem, was er sei.
Page 146 - True; therefore doth Heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavor in continual motion ; To which is fixed, as an aim or butt, Obedience ; for so work the honey bees ; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
Page 151 - ... sentiment, the imagined effect of this reflection upon another's mind. This is evident from the fact that the character and weight of that other, in whose mind we see ourselves, makes all the difference with our feeling. We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.
Page 400 - Bursts up in flame; the war of tongue and pen Learns with what deadly purpose it was fraught, And, helpless in the fiery passion caught, Shakes all the pillared state with shock of men: Some day the soft Ideal that we wooed Confronts us fiercely, foe-beset, pursued, And cries reproachful : " Was it, then, my praise, And not myself was loved?
Page 150 - In a very large and interesting class of cases the social reference takes the form of a somewhat definite imagination of how one's self- that is any idea he appropriates appears in a particular mind, and the kind of self-feeling one has is determined by the attitude toward this attributed to that other mind. A social self of this sort might be called the reflected or looking-glass self: Each to each a looking-glass Reflects the other that doth pass...
Page 261 - Nothing in the world more subtle than the process of their gradual change! In the beginning they inhaled it unknowingly : you and I may have sent some of our breath toward infecting them, when we uttered our conforming falsities or drew our silly conclusions : or perhaps it came with the vibrations from a woman's glance.
Page 271 - Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest ; when they are sick or aged : in the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.
Page 150 - As we see our face, figure, and dress in the glass, and are interested in them because they are ours, and pleased or otherwise with them according as they do or do not answer to what we should like them to be...
Page 127 - Love took up the harp of life, and smote on all the chords with might; Smote the chord of self, that, trembling, passed in music out of sight.

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