Max Weber Quotes

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Max Weber Quotes

Either one lives for politics or one lives off politics.
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Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.

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Calvinist believers were psychologically isolated. Their distance from God could only be precariously bridged, and their inner tensions only partially relieved, by unstinting, purposeful labor.

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The process of sanctifying life could thus almost take on the character of a business enterprise.

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Beware of thinking all your own that you possess, and of living accordingly. It is a mistake that many people who have credit fall into.

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Calvinism, in comparison, appears to be more closely related to the hard legalism and the active enterprise of bourgeois-capitalistic entrepreneurs. Finally,

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Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings (Prov. xxii. 29).

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The radical elimination of magic from the world allowed no other psychological course than the practice of worldly asceticism. Since

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The so-called 'materialistic conception of history,' with the crude elements of genius of the early form which appeared, for instance, in the 'Communist Manifesto,' still prevails only in the minds of laymen and dilettantes.

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Politics means striving to share power or striving to influence the distribution of power, either among states or among groups within a state.

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The modern view of criminal justice, broadly, is that public concern with morality or expediency decrees expiation for the violation of a norm; this concern finds expression in the infliction of punishment on the evil doer by agents of the state, the evil doer, however, enjoying the protection of a regular procedure.

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'Culture' is a finite segment of the meaningless infinity of the world process, a segment on which human beings confer meaning and significance.

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Laws are important and valuable in the exact natural sciences, in the measure that those sciences are universally valid.

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Only by strict specialization can the scientific worker become fully conscious, for once and perhaps never again in his lifetime, that he has achieved something that will endure. A really definitive and good accomplishment is today always a specialized act.

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The decisive means for politics is violence.

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For when asceticism was carried out of monastic cells into everyday life, and began to dominate worldly morality, it did its part in building the tremendous cosmos of the modern economic order. This order is now bound to the technical and economic conditions of machine production which to-day determine the lives of all the individuals who are born into this mechanism, not only those directly concerned with economic acquisition, with irresistible force. Perhaps it will so determine them until the last ton of fossilized coal is burnt.

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The nation is burdened with the heavy curse on those who come afterwards. The generation before us was inspired by an activism and a naive enthusiasm, which we cannot rekindle, because we confront tasks of a different kind from those which our fathers faced.

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Puritanism carried the ethos of the rational organization of capital and labor. It took over from the Jewish ethic only what was adapted to this purpose.

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The experience of the irrationality of the world has been the driving force of all religious revolution.

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Ideas come when we do not expect them, and not when we are brooding and searching at our desks. Yet ideas would certainly not come to mind had we not brooded at our desks and searched for answers with passionate devotion.

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