John Jay Chapman
The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.
The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.
It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep.
Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
All progress is experimental.
I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.
Too much agreement kills the chat.
A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair – why, this is the desideratum of mankind.
Wherever you see a man who gives someone else’s corruption, someone else’s prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.
Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same – hardihood. Give them raw truth.
A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.