Irving Babbitt Quotes

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Man would not succumb so easily to flattery if he did not begin by flattering himself.


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


We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention, disregarded also the humane aspiration.
— Irving Babbitt

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The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality ... Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality.
— Irving Babbitt