John Jay Chapman

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A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful. Political Parties & Machines
All progress is experimental. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
All the motive power in all of these [activist and revolutionary] movements is the instinct of religious feeling. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Conciliation is the enemy. Negotiating & Negotiations
Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same-hardihood. Give them raw truth. Miscellaneous
Good government is the outcome of private virtue. Government ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
If you are to reach masses of people in this world, you must do it by a sign language. Whether your vehicle be commerce, literature, or politics, you can do nothing but raise signals, and make motions to the people. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The fact that a man is to vote forces him to think. Voters, Voting & Elections
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The world values the seer above all men Leaders & Leadership
The worst enemy of good government is not our ignorant foreign voter [immigrants], but our educated domestic railroad president, our prominent business man, our leading lawyer. Lobbying & Special Interests
A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair - why, this is the desideratum of mankind. Truth
Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same - hardihood. Give them raw truth. Truth ;Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.
It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep.
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.
People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Politics is organized hatred, that is unity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.
The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.
Too much agreement kills the chat.
Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.