James Harvey Robinson

James Harvey
Robinson
1863
1936

American Historian

Author Quotes

We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship.

Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be on one or the other.

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.

Our convictions on important matters are not the result of knowledge or critical thought, nor, it may be added, are they often dictated by supposed self-interest. Most of them are pure prejudices in the proper sense of that word. We do not form them ourselves. They are the whisperings of “the voice of the herd.”

Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery - courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things. This is one of the chief elements in what we vaguely call capacity. If you do not dare differ from your associates and teachers you will never be great or your life sublime. You may be the happier as a result, or you may be miserable. Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.

Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster.

Author Picture
First Name
James Harvey
Last Name
Robinson
Birth Date
1863
Death Date
1936
Bio

American Historian