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John Jay Chapman Quotes


An American author.
(1862 - 1933)

A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
 

A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair - why, this is the desideratum of mankind.
 

All progress is experimental.
 

As for boredom ... I notice that it leaves me as soon as I am doing something that has got to be done.
 

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
 

Every generation is a secret society and has incommunicable enthusiasms, tastes, and interests which are a mystery both to its predecessors and to posterity.
[Youth]
 

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.
 

Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
 

I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.
 

It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep.
 

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
[Thinking]
 

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.
 

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.
 

Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
 

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.
 

Too much agreement kills the chat.
 

We cannot hand our faith to one another. ... Even in the Middle Ages, when faith was theoretically uniform, it was always practically individual.
 

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.