Felix Adler quotes

  • The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Love #Life #Friendship

  • The family is the school of duties - founded on love.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Family #School #Parenting

  • Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Peaceful #Mind #Criticism

  • An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Taken #Desire #Unrest

  • The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Fire #Addresses #Ethical

  • FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Long #Community #Prejudice

  • Act so as to encourage the best in others, and by so doing you will develop the best in yourself.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Leadership #Doing You

  • The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Being Yourself #Hero #Dark

  • Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Karma #Thyself

  • We cannot adopt the way of living that was satisfactory a hundred years ago. The world in which we live has changed, and we must change with it.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Change #Years #History

  • May the humanity that is within every human being be held precious. The vice that underlies all vices is that we are held cheap by others, and far worse, that in our innermost soul we think cheaply of ourselves.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Thinking #Soul #Humanity

  • Man is like a tree, with the mighty trunk of intellect, the spreading branches of imagination, and the roots of the lower instincts that bind him to the earth. The moral life, however, is the fruit he bears; in it his true nature is revealed.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Men #Roots #Imagination

  • People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.
    -- Felix Adler

    #People #Diversity #House

  • To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Wisdom #Fun #Real

  • We should teach our children nothing which they shall ever need to unlearn; we should strive to transmit to them the best possessions, the truest thought, the noblest sentiments of the age in which we live.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Children #Age #Needs

  • When the light of the sun shines through a prism it is broken into beautiful colours, and when the prism is shattered, still the light remains. So does the life of life shine resplendent in the forms of our friends, and so, when their forms are broken, still their life remains; and in that life we are united with them; for the life of their life is also our life, and we are one with them by ties indissoluble.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Beautiful #Ties #Light

  • The right for the right's sake is the motto which everyone should take for his own life. With that as a standard of value we can descend into our hearts, appraise ourselves, and determine in how far we already are moral beings, in how far not yet.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Heart #Sake #Moral

  • The unique personality which is the real life in me, I cannot gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Spiritual #Real #Unique

  • The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Men #Diversity #Progress

  • There is as yet no civilized society, but only a society in the process of becoming civilized. There is as yet no civilized nation, but only nations in the process of becoming civilized. From this standpoint, we can now speak of a collective task of humankind. The task of humanity is to build a genuine civilization.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Civilization #Humanity #Growth

  • Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other. Love is an echo in the feelings of a unity subsisting between two persons which is founded both on likeness and on complementary differences. Without the likeness there would be no attraction; without the challenge of the complementary differences there could not be the closer interweaving and the inextinguishable mutual interest which is the characteristic of all deeper relationships.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Fashion #Love Is #Two

  • As the light of morning strikes now one peak and then another, some being illuminated while others are in the shadow, so the light of the essential moral principle shines now upon one duty and then upon another, while others are in the shadow.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Morning #Light #Shining

  • It is written that the last enemy to be vanquished is death. We should begin early in life to vanquish this enemy by obliterating every trace of the fear of death from our minds. Then can we turn to life and fill the whole horizon of our souls with it, turn with added zest to all the serious tasks which it imposes and to the pure delights which here and there it affords.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Zest #Soul #Mind

  • It is the moral element contained in it that alone gives value and dignity to a religion, and only in so far as its teachings serve to stimulate and purify our moral aspirations does it deserve to retain its ascendency over mankind.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Teaching #Giving #Elements

  • Dogma is the convictions of one man imposed authoritatively upon others.
    -- Felix Adler

    #Men #Dogma #Oppression