John Dewey Quotes

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.

All proffered samples of learning must go to the same assay-room and be subjected to common tests. It is the essence of all dogmatic faiths to hold that any such “show-down” is sacrilegious and perverse. The characteristic of religion, from their point of view, is that it is intellectually secret, not public; peculiarly revealed, not […]

The importance and endurance of poetry, as well as art, are its hold upon reality. We hear much, on this side and that, of realism. Well, we may let realism go, but cannot let go reality.

To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.

It (modern philosophy) certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism with which Christianity has been historically associated.

A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience.

For one man who thanks God that he is not as other men there are a thousand to offer thanks that they are as other men, sufficiently as others are to escape attention.

We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos.

Since changes are going on any way, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and […]

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.