Emily Greene Balch Quotes

The question whether the long effort to put an end to war can succeed without another major convulsion challenges not only our minds but our sense of responsibility.

Challenge Quotes, Responsibility Quotes, Effort Quotes, Mind Quotes, War Quotes

The First World War, and especially the latest one, largely swept away what was left in Europe of feudalism and of feudal landlords, especially in Poland, Hungary, and the South East generally.

War Quotes

Probably people always feel that they are living in a time of transition, but we can hardly be mistaken perhaps in thinking that this is an era of particularly momentous change, rapid and proceeding at an ever quickening rate.

Change Quotes, Time Quotes, Thinking Quotes

 

In listing these tendencies making for a new world, we must not forget developments in the religious or spiritual thinking and feeling of mankind, where also we feel a strong unifying trend.

Spiritual Quotes, Feeling Quotes, Religious Quotes, Thinking Quotes

We have lived through the flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation.

Time Quotes, Suffering Quotes

A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason.

Rich Quotes, Communication Quotes, Discipline Quotes, Science Quotes

Industrialization based on machinery, already referred to as a characteristic of our age, is but one aspect of the revolution that is being wrought by technology.

Age Quotes, Technology Quotes, Character Quotes, Revolution Quotes

There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.

Great Quotes, Desire Quotes, Faith Quotes, Religion Quotes

As to judging our own time, and thereby gaining some basis for a judgment of future possibilities, we are doubtless not only too close to it to appraise it but too much formed by it and enclosed within it to do so.

Time Quotes, Doubt Quotes, Future Quotes, Judgment Quotes, Praise Quotes

These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were treated as possessions to be economically exploited. At least we hope that such colonialism is on the way out.

Death Quotes, Hope Quotes, Possessions Quotes

A dark and terrible side of this sense of community of interests is the fear of a horrible common destiny which in these days of atomic weapons darkens men's minds all around the globe.

Destiny Quotes, Community Quotes, Fear Quotes, Mind Quotes

A major one which no one can overlook is technological and based on inventions and discoveries which have altered the whole basis of production and deeply affected social relations.

Logic Quotes

The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable.

Future Quotes, Influence Quotes

We speculate as to what is in store for us. But we not only undergo events, we in part cause them or at least influence their course. We have not only to study them but to act.

Influence Quotes

Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles, face change full of courage, courage based on faith.

Change Quotes, Courage Quotes, Faith Quotes

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.

Desire Quotes

A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples.

Time Quotes, Character Quotes

Technology gives us the facilities that lessen the barriers of time and distance - the telegraph and cable, the telephone, radio, and the rest.

Technology Quotes, Time Quotes

It is natural to try to understand one's own time and to seek to analyse the forces that move it.

Time Quotes

Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor, the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society.

Freedom Quotes

Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.

Change Quotes