Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Edgar Z. Friedenberg

American Sociologist, Professor of Sociology at the University of California

"In a world as empirical as ours, a youngster who does not know what he is good at will not be sure what he is good for."

"So much of learning to be an American is learning not to let your individuality become a nuisance."

"What is learned in high school, or for that matter, anywhere at all, depends far less on what is taught than on what one actually experiences in the place."

"What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are."

"Only science can hope to keep technology in some sort of moral order."

"Those who love the young best stay young longest."

"The examined life has always been pretty well confined to the privileged class."