The most effective way to ensure the value of the future
is to confront the present courageously and constructively.
Tenderness emerges from the fact that the two persons, longing, as all individuals do, to overcome the separateness and isolation to which we are all heir because we are individuals, can participate in a relationship that, for the moment, is not of two isolated selves but a union.
The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one’s convictions not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
- Eric Hoffer American Philosopher
- William James American Philosopher
- John Dewey American Philosopher
- Alfred Korzybski Polish-born American Philosopher
- Ralph Waldo Emerson American Philosopher
- Nicholas Murray Butler American Philosopher
- Henry David Thoreau American Philosopher
- Norman O. Brown American Philosopher
- Mortimer J. Adler American Philosopher, Educator
- John Cage American Composer, Philosopher