Irving Babbitt

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Born Wednesday 2 August 1865, died Saturday 15 July 1933

Occupation: Critic

Nationality: American

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If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards, and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.

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Anyone who thus looks up has some chance of becoming worthy to be looked up to in turn.

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If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.

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Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.

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To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy.

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Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.

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The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in foreign affairs as part of his program of world service.

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The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.

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The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards.

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Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment.

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If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive, qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying.

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Perhaps as good a classification as any of the main types is that of the three lusts distinguished by traditional Christianity - the lust of knowledge, the lust of sensation, and the lust of power.

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A remarkable feature of the humanitarian movement, on both its sentimental and utilitarian sides, has been its preoccupation with the lot of the masses.

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Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type.

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Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally destined to emerge from the Revolution.

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The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope.

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The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.

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According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxication.

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The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.

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The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.

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