Charles Horton Cooley

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Charles Horton Cooley
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Quotes

11 November 2014
To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
11 November 2014
The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
11 November 2014
We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot.
11 November 2014
The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
11 November 2014
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
11 November 2014
One of the great reasons for the popularity of strikes is that they give the suppressed self a sense of power. For once the human tool knows itself a man, able to stand up and speak a word or strike a blow.
11 November 2014
The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation.
11 November 2014
Between richer and poorer classes in a free country a mutually respecting antagonism is much healthier than pity on the one hand and dependence on the other, as is, perhaps, the next best thing to fraternal feeling.
11 November 2014
There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
11 November 2014
The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.

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