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 :: 1864-1929, American Sociologist

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The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Psychoanalysis]

 

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The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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The idealist's program of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Imagination]

 

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The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Mind]

 

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The more developed sexual passion, in both sexes, is very largely an emotion of power, domination, or appropriation. There is no state of feeling that says ''mine, mine,'' more fiercely.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Sex]

 

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The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Power]

 

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The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Ambition]

 

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There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Insignificance]

 

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There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Vocation]

 

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There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to ''Americanize'' him.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Immigration]

 

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To cease to admire is a proof of deterioration.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Admiration]

 

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To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Vacation]

 

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To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Action]

 

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We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because it is stale -- identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Diversity]

 

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We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [People, Other]

 

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When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation. It is like obedience to some external authority; any clear way, though it lead to death, is mentally preferable to the tangle of uncertainty.
~ Charles Horton Cooley - [Duty]

 

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