Felix Adler

Felix Adler
Felix Adler
  • Born: August 13, 1851
  • Died: April 24, 1933
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Educator









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An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown. But all the more on this account it is necessary to provide a powerful check and counterpoise, lest the pursuit of gain be enhanced to an importance never rightfully its own, lest, in proportion as we enhance our comfort and well-being, comfort and well-being become the main objects of existence, and life's grander motives and meanings be forgotten. We have already transgressed the limit of safety Business, Commerce & Finance
It was not, as I have said, that we attacked religious fundamentalists, but that they felt themselves obliged to attack us. For the attempt to lead the moral life, or even to try to lead a better moral life, without first accepting religious dogmas was to their way of thinking monstrous. Religion & God
Man must assume responsibility for the direction of his life and destiny. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Parliament of Parliaments United Nations
The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect. Freedom & Liberty
The life of man needs to be consecrated. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action. History
There should be a 100% income tax in incomes above the amount needed to supply all the comforts and true refinements of life. Taxes
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Admitting the force of these contentions, nevertheless, the custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.
Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit. Religion & God
Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience.
Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good. Time ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith. Religion & God
If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.
Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love of country is like love of woman - he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
No one can fail to see that the power of the Church among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing, or has already ceased. Power
No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state. Religion & God
Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence. Time
Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.
The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole.
The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday. Society
The exercises of our meeting are to be simple and devoid of all ceremonial and formalism.
The family is the school of duties - founded on love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. Life
The office of the public teacher is an unenviable and thankless one. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon. Society
We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.
You do not build your own houses, nor make your own garments, nor bake your own bread, simply because you know that if you were to attempt all these things they would all be more or less ill done.