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John Jay Chapman Quotes

"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."

"The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost."

"It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep."

"Too much agreement kills the chat."

"The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns."

"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."

"Politics is organized hatred, that is unity."

"Good government is the outcome of private virtue."

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