Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

F.S.C. Northrop, fully Filmer Stuart Cuckow "F.S.C." Northrop

American Philosopher, Sterling Professor of Philosophy and Law and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Yale, First Master of Silliman College

"Post-modern man is more profoundly perplexed about the nature of man than his ancestors were. He is on the verge of spiritual and moral insanity. He does not know who he is."

"No words mean or can say anything, except one knows, with inexpressible and unsayable immediacy, what the words are pointing at or showing, independently of the words themselves. Such knowledge is what the word `mystical’ means."

"We must root our international law in the living beliefs of all the religions of the world."