Quotations From JACQUES MARITAIN


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  • Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny.
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. "The Democratic Charter," Man and the State, University of Chicago Press (1951).

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  • Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Reflections on America, ch. 17 (1948).
  • I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Reflections on America, ch. 4 (1948).

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  • The division between the useful arts and the fine arts must not be understood in too absolute a manner. In the humblest work of the craftsmen, if art is there, there is a concern for beauty, through a kind of indirect repercussion that the requirements of the creativity of the spirit exercise upon the production of an object to serve human needs.
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry, Pantheon (1953).

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  • We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Reflections on America, ch. 3 (1948).

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