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" 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. "
" What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos. "
" I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing. "
" Creeds and castes, and all forms of intellectual and emotional grouping, belong to the past. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society. "
" 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. "
" The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for philosophical rectitude cannot, however, be compromised. "
" In the evolution of mankind there has always been a certain degree of social coherence. "
" 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. "
" The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol. "
" The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough. "
" The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair. "
" 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. "
" Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience - by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence. "
" A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them. "
" 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. "
" Art is pattern informed by sensibility. "
" Morality, as has often been pointed out, is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals. "
" If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass, his life is not merely brutish and short, but dull and mechanical. "
" 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. "
" The farther a society progresses, the more clearly the individual becomes the antithesis of the group. "