Jacques Maritain

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Jacques Maritain (18 November 1882 – 28 April 1973) was a French Catholic philosopher. Raised as a Protestant, he converted to Catholicism in 1906. An author of more than 60 books, he helped to revive St. Thomas Aquinas for modern times and is a prominent drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pope Paul VI presented his "Message to Men of Thought and of Science" at the ... more »

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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...
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry, Pantheon (1953).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 appea...
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. Reflections on America, ch. 4 (1948).
  • 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 other...
    Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. "The Democratic Charter," Man and the State, University of Chicago Press (1951).
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