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Irving Babbitt
1865 - 1933

American literary scholar, social commentator, and critic of humanism, author of Democracy and Leadership (1924), Rousseau and Romanticism, Literature and the American College, and other works. Babbit was frequently attacked by H.L. Mencken and others as he promoted a transcendent moral order and traditional values - such as moderation and manners - against the turn-of-the-century wave of humanism, individualism, and relativism.


All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

If man is to become human he must not let impulse and desire run wild.

from Rousseau and Romanticism