Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers. The Preservation of Personality.
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. To Yale Law Graduates.
Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us. On Receiving an Honorary Degree.