"The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Charles Horton Cooley on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Charles Horton Cooley on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Charles Horton Cooley on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Charles Horton Cooley on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Charles Horton Cooley on Mahatma Gandhi
"An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one."
"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."
"Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction."
"So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational."