GERALD STANLEY LEE QUOTES

American clergyman & author (1862-1944)

America is a tune. It must be sung together.

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I am through generalizing about ideas apart from men who generate them. I am through writing books about the dead, or writing books about the living to the unborn (tucked away as Literature) or writing books about the unborn to the living (whiffed away as prophecy). I put up my life on advertising the living to the living, on making men of genius known to the people and interpreted to their time, that the time in which I live, may live face to face with its men of vision and that they may live face to face with one another.

GERALD STANLEY LEE, The House of Twenty Seven Gardens

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

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Every day I sit in trains and streetcars and pick out people I like. I wish I could follow them home, find some excuse they would not mind, for knowing them. Then I would find some way of getting them all together -- the people I like, and making a little city of them, or beginning a new fresh little world with them -- all kinds of people, the more kinds the better; some quite poor, some very rich; and people with queer clothes too sometimes, just their faces shining out of them or over them; people that draw one to them.

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Crowds speak in heroes.

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New York is the capital, the national headquarters of homelessness.... No one feels he belongs here.

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The new industrial world is coming to us one new free-born industry at a time.

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A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want.

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I have seen that Man moves over with each new generation into a bigger body, more awful, more reverent and more free than he has had before.

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Machinery is the subconscious mind of the world.

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Cities are the huge central dynamos of all being. The power of a man can be measured today by the mile, the number of miles between him and the city; that is, between him and what the city stands for -- the centre of mass.

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Machinery makes men like itself.

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The first and most practical step in getting what one wants in this world is wanting it. One would think that the next step would be expressing what one wants. But it almost never is. It generally consists in wanting it still harder.

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There are two kinds of second class men in business. There is the man who puts money first and service second. There is the man who puts service first and money second, who never has any money. The first class man in business is the man who is made up out of rolling the other two kinds into one man and working them together.

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The problem of living in this modern world is the problem of finding room in it. The crowd principle is so universally at work through modern life that the geography of the world had been changed to conform to it. We live in crowds. We get our living in crowds. We are amused in herds.

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Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.

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No man living in a world as interesting as this ever writes a book if he can help it.

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A vice is a failure of desire.

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Can men live in a machine-civilization, a civilization in which men are obliged to earn their money with machines, in which they cannot even spend it without machines -- have souls?... I have come to believe that it is not by any economic scheme, or social device, some way of inventing evil off the earth, but by great personal beliefs, that the battle for the existence of the soul in an age of machines will have to be fought. If it is true that these great, splendid, blind machines are crowding me, and crowding my brother, and even crowding God, from off the earth, there can be but one reason for it, and that is that my brother has been so busy in making bigger and bigger machines every year that he has forgotten to make bigger men to go with them, and bigger beliefs to make bigger men out of.

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It is never the machines that are dead. It is only the mechanically-minded men that are dead.

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