"Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Georg Simmel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Georg Simmel on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Georg Simmel on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Georg Simmel on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Georg Simmel on Abraham Lincoln
"In the latter case life rests upon a thousand presuppositions which the individual can never trace back to their origins, and verify but which he must accept upon faith and belief."
"For, to be a stranger is naturally a very positive relation it is a specific form of interaction."
"Every relationship between two individuals or two groups will be characterized by the ratio of secrecy that is involved in it."
"Every relationship between persons causes a picture of each to take form in the mind of the other, and this picture evidently is in reciprocal relationship with that personal relationship."