Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share a common life. What matters is that people of different backgrounds and social positions encounter one another, and bump up against one another, in the course of ordinary life.
So I think ethics is the broader thing that’s less focused on prohibitions and is more perhaps looking at principles and questions and ideas about how to live your life.
I remember being taught my place.
To argue about justice is unavoidably to argue about virtues, about substantive moral and even spiritual questions.
Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you’ll hardly have time to think about food.
My father was a creature of the archaic world, really. He would have been entirely at home in a Gaelic hill-fort. His side of the family, and the houses I associate with his side of the family, belonged to a traditional rural Ireland.
In general, the philological movement opened up countless sources relevant to linguistic issues, treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar; for instance, the study of inscriptions and their language. But not yet in the spirit of linguistics.
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform.
Never may a man prone to believe scandal be a despot or a popular leader! Under his guidance, democracy itself will be despotism.