"Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals, and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members, it must inevitably fall to pieces."
"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."Christopher Dawson 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."Christopher Dawson on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Christopher Dawson on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Christopher Dawson on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Christopher Dawson on Mahatma Gandhi
"And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens."
"You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work, and still they will remain unsatisfied. You can deny them all these things, and they will not complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for."
"The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms."
"Law describes the way things would work if men were angels."
"As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."