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37 Josiah Royce Philosophical Quotes (LOYALTY)

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“Philosophers have actually devoted themselves, in the main, neither to perceiving the world, nor to spinning webs of conceptual theory, but to interpreting the meaning of the civilization which they have represented.”

Josiah Royce
Unless you can find some sort of LOYALTY, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Unless you can find some sort of LOYALTY, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse, a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.
Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse, a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.
Thinking is like loving and dying. Each of us must do it for himself.
Thinking is like loving and dying. Each of us must do it for himself.
Memory and hope constantly incite us to the extensions of the self which play so large a part in our daily life.
Memory and hope constantly incite us to the extensions of the self which play so large a part in our daily life.

“Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm, and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image, so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.”

Josiah Royce
Interfere with the reality of my world, and you therefore take the very life and heart out of my will.
Interfere with the reality of my world, and you therefore take the very life and heart out of my will.
Loyalty is a good for the loyal man; but it may be mischievous for those whom his cause assails.
Loyalty is a good for the loyal man; but it may be mischievous for those whom his cause assails.
The world is a progressively realized community of interpretation.
The world is a progressively realized community of interpretation.
Life involves passions, faiths, doubts, and courage.
Life involves passions, faiths, doubts, and courage.

12 Wise Josiah Royce Quotes About Life (WISDOM)

“No baseness or cruelty of treason so deep or so tragic shall enter our human world, but that loyal love shall be able in due time to oppose to just that deed of treason its fitting deed of atonement.”

Josiah Royce
Ideas any one can mould as he wishes.
Ideas any one can mould as he wishes.

“My duty is simply my own will brought to my clear self-consciousness. That which I can rightly view as good for me is simply the object of my own deepest desire set plainly before my insight.”

Josiah Royce
So, as one sees, I by no means deprive my world of stubborn reality, if I merely call it a world of ideas.
So, as one sees, I by no means deprive my world of stubborn reality, if I merely call it a world of ideas.

“A crowd, whether it be a dangerous mob, or an amiably joyous gathering at a picnic is not a community. It has a mind, but no institutions, no organizations, no coherent unity, no history, no traditions.”

Josiah Royce
Speech has, indeed, its origin in social conformity.
Speech has, indeed, its origin in social conformity.

“The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the waves that roll between him and his home, talks of cruel facts, material barriers that, just because they are material, and not ideal, shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart.”

Josiah Royce
Error is not a mere accident of an untrained intellect, but a necessary stage or feature or moment of the expression of the truth.
Error is not a mere accident of an untrained intellect, but a necessary stage or feature or moment of the expression of the truth.

“The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory. This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.”

Josiah Royce
Science is never merely knowledge; it is orderly knowledge.
Science is never merely knowledge; it is orderly knowledge.

“Our will makes constantly a sort of agreement with the world, whereby, if the world will continually show some respect to the will, the will shall consent to be strenuous in its industry.”

Josiah Royce
And to be in charge of life is always an occasion for loyalty...
And to be in charge of life is always an occasion for loyalty…

5 Josiah Royce Quotes on God and Faith

“And just because God attains and wins and finds this uniqueness, all our lives win in our union with him the individuality which is essential to their true meaning.”

Josiah Royce
Religious faith, indeed, relates to that which is above us, but it must arise from that which is within us.
Religious faith, indeed, relates to that which is above us, but it must arise from that which is within us.
God is One, all our lives have various and unique places in the harmony of the divine life.
God is One, all our lives have various and unique places in the harmony of the divine life.
God too longs; and because the Absolute Life itself, which dwells in our life, and inspires these very longings, possesses the true world, and is that world.
God too longs; and because the Absolute Life itself, which dwells in our life, and inspires these very longings, possesses the true world, and is that world.
Men accept without questioning that this world is real and important and worthwhile. This is faith. Philosophy is the ongoing questioning of this faith.
Men accept without questioning that this world is real and important and worthwhile. This is faith. Philosophy is the ongoing questioning of this faith.

10 Deep Josiah Royce Quotes that will Make You Think

“We seek true individuality and the true individuals. But we find them not. For lo, we mortals see what our poor eyes can see; and they, the true individuals, – they belong not to this world of our merely human sense and thought.”

Josiah Royce
For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual, but is individual as expressing a meaning.
For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual, but is individual as expressing a meaning.
So far as we live and strive at all, our lives are various, are needed for the whole, and are unique.
So far as we live and strive at all, our lives are various, are needed for the whole, and are unique.

“The unique eludes us; yet we remain faithful to the ideal of it; and in spite of sense and of our merely abstract thinking, it becomes for us the most real thing in the actual world, although for us it is the elusive goal of an infinite quest.”

Josiah Royce
No consensus of men can make an error erroneous. We can only find or commit an error, not create it. When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
No consensus of men can make an error erroneous. We can only find or commit an error, not create it. When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human terms wherein my individuality consists. In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell.
For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human terms wherein my individuality consists. In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell.
I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.
I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.

“By an individual being, whatever one’s metaphysical doctrine, one means an unique being, that is, a being which is alone of its own type, or is such that no other of its class exists.”

Josiah Royce
The world, as transformed by this creative deed, is better than it would have been had all else remained the same, but had that deed of treason not been done at all.
The world, as transformed by this creative deed, is better than it would have been had all else remained the same, but had that deed of treason not been done at all.
If I look to see what I ever did that, for all I now know, some other man might not have done, I am utterly unable to discover the certainly unique deed.
If I look to see what I ever did that, for all I now know, some other man might not have done, I am utterly unable to discover the certainly unique deed.

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