"... the lesson to be learned from China's Confucianism could never be more significant for us than it is now. Its ethical aspectsare a reminder which our Christian civilization needs if we are not to stand before the world as hypocrites who preach love while practicing the bitterest hatreds toward more rival orthodoxies and toward peoples whose skins are of a different hue. We shall, in fact, dig the gave of Western civilization unless we implement the faith that Confucianism and democracy have in common, namely, that ethics has its roots in man's relation to the universe, that morality comes into being through honest, clear-cut human relationships and cannot endure unless it is reflected in the patterns of daily life."
"Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an actof despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral."
"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to bedone, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, its probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly."
"Natural knowledge, seeking to satisfy natural wants, has found the ideas which can alone still spiritual cravings. I say that natural knowledge, in desiring to ascertain the laws of comfort, has been driven to discover those of conduct, and to lay the foundations of a new morality."
"I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer."