Society and Culture

“I never could see anything wrong in sensationalism; and I am sure our society is suffering more from secrecy than from flamboyant revelations.”
– Illustrated London News, Oct. 4, 1919

“With all that we hear of American hustle and hurry, it is rather strange that Americans seem to like to linger on longer words.”
– “A Meditation in a New York Hotel,” What I Saw in America

“It is true that I am of an older fashion; much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile.”
– The Judgement of Dr. Johnson, Act III

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“I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is.”
– Uses of Diversity

“There have been household gods and household saints and household fairies. I am not sure that there have yet been any factory gods or factory saints or factory fairies. I may be wrong, as I am no commercial expert, but I have not heard of them as yet.”
– Illustrated London News, Dec. 18, 1926

“Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other. And a mark of both is the power of medicine-men.”
– Illustrated London News, Sept. 11, 1909

“By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men.”
– Illustrated London News, March 25, 1911

“The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies.”
– “The Way to the Stars,” Lunacy and Letters

“Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.”
– “The Field of Blood,” Alarms and Discursions