Herbert Croly quotes

  • In the long run men inevitably become the victims of their wealth. They adapt their lives and habits to their money, not their money to their lives. It preoccupies their thoughts, creates artificial needs, and draws a curtain between them and the world.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Running #Men #Long

  • The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Civilization #Organization #Achievement

  • The more consciously democratic Americans became, however, the less they were satisfied with a conception of the Promised Land, which went no farther than a pervasive economic prosperity guaranteed by free institutions.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Land #Prosperity #Economic

  • The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Rights #Expression #Political

  • The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Promise #Determined #Individual

  • The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic; and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Swag #Achievement #Adequate

  • The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Song #Taken #Granted

  • The first phase of American political history was characterized by the conflict between the Federalists and the Republicans, and it resulted in the complete triumph of the latter.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Political #Triumph #Phases

  • To the European immigrant - that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life - the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Opportunity #America #Independence

  • Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Believe #Majority #Chance

  • When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Promise #Purpose #Matter

  • The interest which lay behind Federalism was that of well-to-do citizens in a stable political and social order, and this interest aroused them to favor and to seek some form of political organization which was capable of protecting their property and promoting its interest.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Order #Organization #Political

  • The combination of Federalism and Republicanism which formed the substance of the system, did not constitute a progressive and formative political principle, but it pointed in the direction of a constructive formula.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Political #Principles #Substance

  • The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Self #Years #Growth

  • When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Organization #Democracy #Woven

  • The adoption by Jefferson and the Republicans of the political structure of their opponents is of an importance hardly inferior to that of the adoption of the Constitution by the states.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Adoption #Political #Opponents

  • So far I, at least, have no fault to find with implications of Hamilton's Federalism, but unfortunately his policy was in certain other respects tainted with a more doubtful tendency.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Federalism #Faults #Tendencies

  • The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Memorial Day #Patriotic #Average

  • The national school is not a lecture hall or a library. Its schooling consists chiefly in experimental collective action aimed at the realization of a collective purpose.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Education #School #Library

  • Democracy must stand or fall on a platform of possible human perfectibility. If human nature cannot be improved by institutions, democracy is at best a more than usually safe form of political organization . . . . But if it is to work better as well as merely longer, it must have some leavening effect on human nature; and the sincere democrat is obliged to assume the power of the leaven. [Progressive]
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Fall #Organization #Political

  • If it be true that democracy is based upon the assumption that every man shall serve his fellow man, the organization of democracy should be gradually adapted to that assumption.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Men #Organization #Democracy

  • The majority of men cannot be made disinterested for life by exhortation, by religious services, by any expenditure of subsidized works, or even by grave and manifest public need. They can be made permanently unselfish only by being helped to become disinterested in their individual purposes. In the complete democracy a man must in some way be made to serve the nation in the very act of contributing to his own individual fulfillment. Not until his personal action is dictated by disinterested motives can there be any such harmony between private and public interests.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Religious #Men #Democracy

  • I am not concerned with dodging the odium of the word. The proposed definition of democracy is socialistic . . . (democracy) should be characterized not so much socialistic, as unscrupulously and loyally nationalistic.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Democracy #Definitions #Should

  • I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Optimism #Mixtures #Intense

  • Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Mean #Government #Democracy

  • American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Regret #Congratulations #Pride

  • Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Ocean #Land #Promise

  • In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Mind #Democracy #Individualism

  • Let it be immediately added, however, that this economic independence and prosperity has always been absolutely associated in the American mind with free political institutions.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Political #Independence #Mind

  • Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Patriotic #Enthusiasm #Monopoly

  • The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Loyalty #Hands #Historical

  • Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved.
    -- Herbert Croly

    #Country #Fighting #Democracy

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