"The conception that, instead of this, contemporary society is at or near a turning point is very prominent in the views of a school of social scientists who, though they are still comparatively few, are getting more and more of a hearing."
"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."Talcott Parsons 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."Talcott Parsons on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Talcott Parsons on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Talcott Parsons on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Talcott Parsons on Mahatma Gandhi
"The functions of the family in a highly differentiated society are not to be interpreted as functions directly on behalf of the society, but on behalf of personality."
"But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory."
"From all this it follows what the general character of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is, in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself."
"It is probably safe to say that all the changes of factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory, resulting in a very great theoretical development, are completely trivial from any point of view except their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system."
"It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact, intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact - hence changing general statements about it - and, not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system."