Irving Babbitt Quote

It seems to me imperative to re-establish the true dualism—that between vital impulse and vital control—and to this end to affirm the higher will first of all as a psychological fact. The individual needs, however, to go beyond this fact if he is to decide how far he is to exercise control in any particular instance with a primary view to his own happiness: in short, he needs standards. To secure standards, at least critically, he cannot afford, like the Rousseauist, to disparage the intellect.


pp. 14-15 - "What I Believe" (1930)

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It seems to me imperative to re-establish the true dualism—that between vital impulse and vital control—and to this end to affirm the higher will ...

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It seems to me imperative to re-establish the true dualism—that between vital impulse and vital control—and to this end to affirm the higher will ...

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It seems to me imperative to re-establish the true dualism—that between vital impulse and vital control—and to this end to affirm the higher will ...

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It seems to me imperative to re-establish the true dualism—that between vital impulse and vital control—and to this end to affirm the higher will ...