” The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal. “


” To the European immigrant – that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life – the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity. “


” The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic, and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal. “


” When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem. “



All 4 Herbert Croly Quotes about Life in picture


The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal.
To the European immigrant - that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life - the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.


The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic, and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal.
When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem.
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