Facts about Herbert Read

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Herbert Read was a famous Poet from England, who lived between and 1968.

Our collection contains 34 quotes who is written / told by Herbert.

Famous quotes by Herbert Read (34)


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"That is why I believe that art is so much more significant than either economics or philosophy. It is the direct measure of man's spiritual vision"
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"Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past"
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"I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind"
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"The point I am making is that in the more primitive forms of society the individual is merely a unit; in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality"
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"It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place"
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"Creeds and castes, and all forms of intellectual and emotional grouping, belong to the past"
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"The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency"
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"It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved"
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"If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass, his life is not merely brutish and short, but dull and mechanical"
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"What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos"
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"The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being, all other activities of the human spirit could be left to take care of themselves"
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"The farther a society progresses, the more clearly the individual becomes the antithesis of the group"
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"The assumption is that the right kind of society is an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being, but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions, instincts and passions, intelligence and reason"
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"Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience - by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence"
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"It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one"
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"But the further step, by means of which a civilization is given its quality or culture, is only attained by a process of cellular division, in the course of which the individual is differentiated, made distinct from and independent of the parent group"
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"There are a few people, but a diminishing number, who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system, off era a coherent alternative to capitalism, and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country"
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"The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol"
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"The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair"
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"Art is pattern informed by sensibility"
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"These groups within a society can he distinguished according as to whether, like an army or an orchestra, they function as a single body; or whether they are united merely to defend their common interests and otherwise function as separate individuals"
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"Morality, as has often been pointed out, is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals"
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"Man is everywhere still in chains"
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"I know of no better name than Anarchism"
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"I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration"
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"A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them"
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"The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals - its philosophers, its poets and its artists"
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"The principle of equity first came into evidence in Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from the physical meaning of the word"
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"In the evolution of mankind there has always been a certain degree of social coherence"
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"I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority"
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"Freud has shown one thing very clearly: that we only forget our infancy by burying it in the unconscious; and that the problems of this difficult period find their solution under a disguised form in adult life"
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"Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society"
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"My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline, even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as the first essential for success"
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"I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence; but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature"


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