Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Quotes: Values. Vanity. Victory.

The ethics of Jesus and Buddha emphasize the feminine virtues: all people are precious; returns good for evil and identifies virtue with love.
Values 179 One [system of ethics] is that of Buddha and Jesus, which stresses the feminine virtues, considers all men to be equally precious, resists evil only by returning good, identifies virtue with love…. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Spinoza.

The ethics of Machiavelli and Nietzsche stress masculine virtues: inequality of men, relishes combat, conquest and rule and identifies virtue with power.
Values 179 Another [system of ethics] is that of Machiavelli and Nietzsche, which stresses the masculine virtues, accepts the inequality of men, relishes the risks of combat and conquest and rule, identifies virtue with power…. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Spinoza.

The ethics of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle defines virtue with intelligence to judge when to use the masculine or feminine values.
Values 180 A third [system of ethics], the ethic of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, denies the universal applicability of either the feminine or masculine virtues; considers that only the informed and mature mind can judge, according to diverse circumstances, when love should rule and when power; identifies virtue, therefore, with intelligence…. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Spinoza.

Men don’t want rights; they want privileges.
Values 25 …what men value in this world is not rights but privileges. Mencken, Minority Report.

The English value performance, not power and ideas only if they have concrete results.
Values 887 The English…do not respect power, but only performance, value ideas only for an economic result. Emerson, English Traits.

Values are taught, not inherited.
Values 89 “Values are not inherited; they’re taught.” Justice Anthony Kennedy. Jeffrey Rosen, “Annals of Law: The Agonizer.” The New Yorker, November 1996

People are more vain of their deficiencies than of their gifts.
Vanity 418 …people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies, than of their available gifts. Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables.

JFK was magnanimous in victory and immediately concentrated on reconciliation with his adversary.
Victory 516 Magnanimous in victory, as always, the President turned his attention to the problem of reconciliation. Sorenson, Kennedy

JFK accepted Khrushchev’s statesmanlike action as a constructive contribution to peace.
Victory 809 Rejecting the temptation of a dramatic TV appearance, he [Kennedy] issued a brief three-paragraph statement welcoming Khrushchev’s ‘statesmanlike decision…an important and constructive contribution to peace.’ Sorenson, Kennedy

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