The feeling individual appeared weakhe felt only his own weakness.But if
he accepted his weakness and his separateness and
descended into himself, intensifying his loneliness, he
discovered his solidarity with other isolated creatures.
Saul Bellow Nobel prize lecture, Stockholm,12 Dec.
Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit
without individual responsibility. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's
hold no brief for private enterprise.But I have unshakeable faith
in individual enterprise. C(harles) L(uther) Burton A Sense of Urgency: Memoirs of a Canadian Merchant.
While the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for theindividual,
it isbestfor therace, becauseit insures thesurvival
ofthefittest ineverydepartment. Weaccept and welcome,
therefore, as conditions towhichwe must accommodate
ourselves, great inequality of environment, the
concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in
the hands of a few, and the law of competition between
these, as being not only beneficial, but
essential to the future progress of the race. Andrew Carnegie 'The Gospel of Wealth', in the North American
If the individual isno longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up
whenever they do not like the cut of his jibwe enter a new
regime. (George) Norman Douglas Dissenting opinion in ruling to uphold the police
right 'to stop and frisk',10
If the idea of society were extinguished in individual minds and the
beliefs, traditions and aspirations of the group were no
longer felt and shared by individuals, society would
die.We can say of it what we just said of divinity: it is
real only in so far as it has a place in the human
consciousness, and this place is whatever we may give it. EÅ mile Durkheim The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
(translated by Joseph Ward
All novels are about certain minorities: the individual is a minority. RalphWaldo Ellison Interview in Paris Review, Spring.
If I'd wanted to be an individual, I'd have taken up tennis. Ruud Gullit Quoted in Colin
Jarman The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
All in all, if one sought to design a life style which was destructive of the
individual, the way that business has structured itself
would seem to be almost ideal. SirJohn Harvey-Jones Making It Happen: Reflections on Leadership.
The more the state'plans'the more difficult planning becomes for the
individual. Friedrich August von Hayek The Road to Serfdom.
It takes up no falling cause; fights no uphill battle; advocatesnogreat
principle; holdsout a helping hand to no oppressed or
obscure individual. It is 'ever strong upon the stronger
side'. William Hazlitt Of The Times. In the Edinburgh Review, May.
Every form is individual, there exists none which is abstract. Wilhelm Heinse Quoted in J J W
Heinse Sa« mmtliche Werke (1903^25).
the sphere of natural investigation, as in poetry and painting, the
delineation of that which appeals most strongly to the
imagination, derives its collective interest from the vivid
truthfulness with which the individual features are
portrayed. David Hume ^62 Kosmos (translated as Cosmos,1897).
would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather
than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an
individual. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, 31 Mar. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
It might have been supposed that competition between expert
professionals, possessing judgement and knowledge beyond
that of the average private investor, would correct the
vagaries of the ignorant individual left to himself. It
happens, however, that the energies and skills of the
professional investor and speculator are mainly occupied
elsewhere. For most of these persons are, in fact,
largely concerned, not with making superior long-term forecasts
of the probable yield on an investment over its
whole life, but with foreseeing changes in the
conventional bias of valuation a short time ahead of the
general public This battle of wits to anticipate the
basis of conventional valuation a few months hence,
rather than the prospective yield of an investment over a
long term of years, does not even require gulls
amongst the public to feed the maws of the professional; it
can be played by professionals amongst themselves. John Maynard, 1st Baron Keynes (of Tilton) The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and
The ethical reality of the individual is the only reality. So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard Concluding Unscientific Postscript, bk.2, pt.2,
ch.3 (translated by
Swenson and Lowrie).
The definition of an individual was: a multitude of one million divided by
one million. Arthur Koestler Darkness at Noon,'The Grammatical Fiction', pt.2.
History does not provide us with any instance of a society that
repressed the economic liberties of the Irving Kristol Hungarian-born British film producer. He worked
in Vienna, Berlin and Hollywood before coming
to Britain in the early 1930s where he founded London Film
Productions and the Denham Studios.
What calls me is that lifted, rough-tongued bell (Art, if you like)
whose individual sound Insists I too am an
individual. Philip Arthur Larkin 'Reasons for Attendance'.
is conceived bycurrent opinion, hasnothing inherent about it;
it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by
the state pending good behavior. Joseph R(aymond) McCarthy Speech. Collected as 'The Contagion of Ideas', in
On the Contrary (1961).
It never or rarely happens that a republic or monarchy is well constituted, or
its old institutions entirely reformed, unless it is only
done by one individual. Niccolo' di Bernardo dei Machiavelli ^17 Discourses on First Ten Books of Livy.
There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey
toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may
be achieved in such a way that utopia remains
forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased
of style, not individual from one another, void of
courage, our fear rationalized away. Norman Kingsley Mailer Cannibals and Christians,'My Hope For America'.
Denn dem Menschen ist amWiedererkennen gelegen; er m o« chte das
Alte im Neuen wiederfinden und das Typische im
Individuellen. For man always
searches for recognition: he would like to find the old in
the new and the ordinary in the individual. Thomas Mann Freud und die Zukunft.
It's all honourable enough in its way, but it creates societies which
simply cannot sustain any kind of democratic
structure. It always leads to totalitarian and corrupt tyrannies
There's no tradition of moral individual courage
in Chinese culture. Timothy Mo Of Chinese tradition. In The Fiction Magazine, vol.1,
Aworkof art has no importance whatever to society.It is only important to
the individual, and only the individual reader is important
to me. 606 Vladimir Nabokov Interview in Playboy, Jan.
Moralit a« t ist Herden-Instinkt im Einzelnen. Morality is herd
instinct in the individual. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche Die fro« hliche Wissenschaft ( The Gay Science),
section116 (translated by W
The novel is practicallya Protestant form of art; it
is the product of the free
mind, of the autonomous individual. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell Inside the Whale,'Inside The Whale'.
In all our studies of the brain, no mechanism has been discovered that can
force the mind to think, or the individual to
believe, anything. The mind continues free. That is a statement
I have long considered. I have made every effort to
disprove it, without success. Wilder Graves Penfield SecondThoughts: Science, theArts, and the Spirit.
What matters is not what any individual thinks, but what is true. A teacher
who does not equip his pupils with the rudimentary tools to discover this is
substituting indoctrination for
teaching. Richard Stanley Peters Ethics and Education.
For I spend all my time going about trying to persuade you, young and old,
to make your first and chief concern not for your bodies nor for your
possessions, but for the highest welfare of
your souls, proclaiming as Igo,Wealth does not bring
goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other
blessing, both to the individual and to the state. Plato Apology, 30b
(translated by H Tredennick).
Extreme freedom can't be expected to lead to anything but a change to
extreme slavery, whether for a private individual or for a
city. Plato Republic, bk.8,
564a (translated by G M A Grube, revised by C D C Reeve).
The remarkable legion of the unremarked, whose individual opinions
are not colorful or different enough to make news, but
whose collective opinion, when crystallized, can
make history. William Safire Of the so-called'silent majority'. Safire's New
Unsterblichkeit der Individualit a« t verlangen heiÞt eigentlich einen
Irrtum ins Unendliche perpetuieren wollen. Denn im
Grunde ist doch jede Individualit a« t nur ein spezieller
Irrtum, Fehltritt, etwas, das besser nicht w a« re, ja wovon
uns zuru« ckzubringen der eigentliche Zweck des Lebens
ist. To desire
immortality for theindividual isreally thesame as wanting to
perpetuate an error for ever; for at bottom every individuality
is really only a special error, a false step, something
that it would be better should not be, in fact something from
which it isthe real purpose of life to bring us back. Arthur Schopenhauer DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill
vol.2, ch.41 (translated by E F J Payne).
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind
ahead, even more than teamwork. Igor Ivan Sikorsky Quoted in his
NewYorkTimes obituary, 27 Oct1972.
The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual. Samuel Smiles Self-Help, ch.1.
Every individualintends only his own gain, and he is in this as in many
other cases led by an invisible hand to promote an end
which was no part of his intention By pursuing his own
interest he frequently promotes that of the society more
effectually than when he really intends to promote
it. I have never known much good done by those who
affected to trade for the publick good. Adam Smith An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth
of Nations, bk.4,
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore, And the individual
withers, and the world is more and more. Tennyson Poems,'Locksley Hall', l.141^2.
There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and
there are families. Margaret HildaThatcher, Baroness Thatcher In Woman's Own, 31 Oct.
Every segment of our population, and every
individual, has a right to
expect from his Government a Fair Deal. Harry S Truman Speech to Congress, 6 Sep.
For sheer courage and endurance, physical and mental, the two men stand
together as examples of what toughness the body
will find, if the spirit within it is tough; and as very
worthy representatives of our national capacity
for individual enterprise, which it is hoped even
themodern craze for regulating everydetail of our lives will
never stifle. Archibald Percival, 1st Earl Wavell Of F Spencer Chapman andT E Lawrence. Quoted in foreword to F
Spencer Chapman TheJungle is Neutral (1950).
The history of a battle is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals
may recollect all the little events of which the great
result is the battle won or lost; but no individual can
recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which,
they occurred, which makes all the difference. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Of the Battle of Waterloo. Letter, 8 Aug.