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The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
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A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.

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For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.

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To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy.

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The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope.

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Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.

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Furthermore, America suffers not only from a lack of standards, but also not infrequently from a confusion or an inversion of standards.

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The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.

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To harmonize the One with the Many, this is indeed a difficult adjustment, perhaps the most difficult of all, and so important, withal, that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it.

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