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“Hysterical optimism will prevail until the world again admits the existence of tragedy, and it cannot admit the existence of tragedy until it again distinguishes between good and evil. . . Hysterical optimism as a sin against knowledge.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“The issue ultimately involved is whether there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of, man; and the answer to the question is decisive for one’s view of the nature and destiny of man.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“The scientists have given [modern man] the impression that there is nothing he cannot know, and false propagandists have told him that there is nothing he cannot have.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“The modern state does not comprehend how anyone can be guided by something other than itself. In its eyes pluralism is treason.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“No society is healthy which tells its members to take no thought of the morrow because the state underwrites their future.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“The more a man has to indulge in, the less disposed he is to endure the discipline of toil”
Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“The typical modern has the look of the hunted.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“[I]f we feel that creation does not express purpose, it is impossible to find an authorization for purpose in our own lives.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“It will be found that every attack upon religion, or upon characteristic ideas inherited from religion, when its assumptions are laid bare, turns out to be an attack upon mind.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“Piety is a discipline of the will through respect. It admits the right to exist of things larger than the ego, of things different from the ego.”
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
“In the same way, we have to inform the multitude that restoration comes at a price. Suppose we give them an intimation of the cost through a series of questions. Are you ready, we must ask them, to grant that the law of reward is inflexible and that one cannot, by cunning or through complaints, obtain more than he puts in? Are you prepared to see that comfort may be a seduction and that the fetish of material prosperity will have to be pushed aside in favor of some sterner ideal? Do you see the necessity of accepting duties before you begin to talk of freedoms?”
Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

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