Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.
Life is made too easy. Mankind’s moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury.
We can’t put up a protectionist dam on our own against the neo-liberal world market either. However, we can try, together with our European partners, to maintain the social character of Europe as much as possible.
History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated.
In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.
Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.
Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.
Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.
History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us.
Culture means control over nature.