【Top 18】Herbert Read Quotes

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1.    The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair.    —   Herbert Read
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2.    To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values – above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism.    —   Herbert Read
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3.    Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience – by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence.    —   Herbert Read
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4.    The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.    —   Herbert Read
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5.    The assumption is that the right kind of society is an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being, but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions, instincts and passions, intelligence and reason.    —   Herbert Read
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6.    I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature.    —   Herbert Read
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7.    The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists.    —   Herbert Read
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8.    It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one.    —   Herbert Read
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9.    We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist civilization a new religion will emerge, just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.    —   Herbert Read
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10.    I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority.    —   Herbert Read
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11.    These groups within a society can he distinguished according as to whether, like an army or an orchestra, they function as a single body or whether they are united merely to defend their common interests and otherwise function as separate individuals.    —   Herbert Read
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12.    It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved.    —   Herbert Read
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13.    The point I am making is that in the more primitive forms of society the individual is merely a unit in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality.    —   Herbert Read
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14.    Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society.    —   Herbert Read
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15.    The farther a society progresses, the more clearly the individual becomes the antithesis of the group.    —   Herbert Read
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16.    I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration.    —   Herbert Read
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17.    What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos.    —   Herbert Read
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18.    My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline, even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as the first essential for success.    —   Herbert Read
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