We must not however be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention disregarded also the humane aspiration.

Irving Babbitt Romantic Quote

To harmonize the One with the Many this is indeed a difficult adjustment perhaps the most difficult of all and so important withal that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it.

Irving Babbitt Failure Quote

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.

Irving Babbitt Sympathy Quote

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

Irving Babbitt Science Quote

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.

Irving Babbitt Society Quote

For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.

Irving Babbitt Peace Quote

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

Tell him on the contrary that he needs in the interest of his own happiness to walk in the path of humility and self-control and he will be indifferent or even actively resentful.

Irving Babbitt Happiness Quotes

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.

The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.

Irving Babbitt Knowledge Quotes

A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump faith in its future progress and desire to serve the great cause of this progress should be called not a humanist but a humanitarian and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.

Act strenuously would appear to be our faith and right thinking will take care of itself.

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.

Irving Babbitt Faith Quotes