Quote Book – [27] – People & Character

“The cult of individual personalities is always, in my view, unjustified.  To be sure, nature distributes her gifts variously among her children.  But there are plenty of the well-endowed ones too, thank God, and I am firmly convinced that most of them live quiet, unregarded lives.  It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them.  This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque.  The consciousnesses of this extraordinary state of affairs would be unbearable but for one great consoling thought: it is a welcome symptom in an age which is commonly denounced as materialistic, that it makes heros of men whose ambitions lie wholly in the intellectual and moral sphere.  This proves that knowledge and justice are ranked above wealth and power by a large selection of the human race.  My experience teaches me that this idealist outlook is particularly prevalent in America, which is usually decried as a particularly materialistic country.”
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world
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