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Morris Raphael Cohen Quotes

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Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents,
but grow out of the very essence of religion,
namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Conservatism clings to what has been established,
fearing that, once we begin to question the beliefs that we have inherited,
all the values of life will be destroyed.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing
to certain reigning idols.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen


 

Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols
to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible,
but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Law is a formless mass of isolated decisions.
- Morris Raphael Cohen


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The picture which the philosopher draws of the world
is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained
can accept the results of science only on authority.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court,
no one can tell when it will appear again.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

A creative element is surely present in all great systems,
and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or
fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated
from any human philosophy.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

The method of exposition which philosophers have adopted
leads many to suppose that they are simply inquiries,
that they have no interest in the conclusions at which they arrive,
and that their primary concern is to follow their premises
to their logical conclusions.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we
must take risks in new situation,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

In thus pointing out certain respects in which philosophy
resembles literature more than science,
I do not mean, of course, to imply that it would be
well for philosophy if it ceased to aim at scientific rigor.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers
sometimes act like those of other mortals,
and that, having once been determined by diverse circumstances to adopt certain views,
they then look for and naturally find reasons to justify these views.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy,
e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false;
and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question,
which is the true one.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure
in which we must take risks in new situations,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

This open eye for possible alternatives which need
to be scrutinized before we can determine which is
the best grounded is profoundly disconcerting to all
conservatives and to almost all revolutionaries.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism is an attitude rather than a set of dogmas -
an attitude that insists upon questioning all plausible
and self-evident propositions,
seeking not to reject them but to find out what evidence
there is to support them rather than their possible alternatives.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers.
This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated
thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
- Albert Einstein

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman.
Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
- John Cleese

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
- Publilius Syrus

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

God is cruel.
Sometimes he makes you live.
- Stephen King

Scotsmen are metaphisical and emotional,
they are sceptical and mystical, they are romantic and ironic,
they are cruel and tender, and full of mirth and despair.
- William Dunbar

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened
the fiber of a free people.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind;
it is destroyed when you are cruel.
- King Solomon

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey
her husband has sent more women to the grave than to
the courts for a divorce.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
- Ouida

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess,
and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
- Joseph Addison

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool
or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
- John McCain

He who is only just is cruel.
Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
- Lord Byron

I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.
- Adolf Hitler

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of.
Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation.
People just aren't that cruel.
- Jonathan Ross

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
- Thomas Paine

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
- Tennessee Williams

Those who actually hate animals to the point of being
cruel to them are outcasts to the rest of us,
no matter where in the world they live.
- Nick Clooney

In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow
you to get some entertainment out of it.
- Daniel Waters

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt
in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
- Germaine Greer

You can't look in the face of adoration and be cruel.
- Claudia Christian

It's a cruel, heartless world out there in commercial rock 'n' roll,
and when you take as much time off as we did,
eight years, booking agents don't know if you'll draw.
- Tina Weymouth

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
- Ouida

Family responsibility, yes, and always.
Family bankruptcy due to the cruel rules of government,
no.
- Barbara Mikulski

When I wasn't as attractive as I am now,
I suffered at the hands of cruel children and their
taunts until I realised that confidence and a bit of
aesthetic care can overcome that.
- Johnny Vegas

Children are very cruel, yes.
Of course.
Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
- Dennis Potter

Every social injustice is not only cruel,
but it is economic waste.
- William Feather

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved,
and it makes free those who have loved it.
- George Santayana

Perhaps it should only be added that the Gorean master,
though often strict, is seldom cruel.
The girl knows, if she pleases him, her lot will be an easy one.
- John Norman

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage.
He is in front of it.
- Axel Munthe

We are not by nature cruel.
- J. M. Coetzee

I think women can be as cruel as men,
and men as tender as women, and vice versa.
- Aaron Eckhart

I think I've finally proven something to people who were cynical about me.
Because they were cruel.
- Nancy Sinatra

People are constantly clamoring for the joy of life.
As for me, I find the joy of life in the hard and cruel battle of life -
to learn something is a joy to me.
- August Strindberg

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion.
He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a
domestic policy that is cynical,
myopic and cruel.
- Joe Klein

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-
bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
- James Russell Lowell

The true reason of Ms.
Rice's attack against Russia is very simple.
Condoleezza Rice is a very cruel, offended woman who lacks men's attention.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Idle people are often bored and bored people,
unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great
preoccupations in our time.
- Renata Adler

I'll tell you one thing, it's a cruel,
cruel world.
- Danny DeVito

Hollywood is the backdrop of my family,
and I know that the movie business is incredibly cruel as you get older.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

You ought to try being cruel to some people.
- Mike Judge

And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will
again and again confront us with a cruel choice between
costly engagement and costly indifference.
- Lord Robertson

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart.
How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart.
Those escape your anger who refuse your sway,
and those are punished most, who most obey.
- Matthew Prior

Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
- John Gay


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