Quotations by Joseph Wood Krutch

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Born: Saturday, November 25, 1893
Died: Friday, May 22, 1970 (76 years old)
Profession: Environmentalist
Nationality: American


Any euphemism ceases to be euphemistic after a time and the true meaning begins to show through. It's a losing game, but we keep on trying.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Time, Losing, Meaning, Trying)

Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Cats)

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Cats, Harm, Want)

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Life, People, Desire, Grace, Loyalty)

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Happiness, Gratitude)

If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: God, People, Mankind)

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Beauty, Food, Earth, End, Joy, Will)

It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Mother, Knowledge, Ignorance, Wonder)

It is sometimes easier to head an institute for the study of child guidance than it is to turn one brat into a decent human being.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Being, Guidance, Study)

Only those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set, the leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living is.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Consciousness, Living, Sun)

Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Security)

The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: EnglFebruary)

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Time, Lonely, Self, Snow, World)

There is no such thing as a dangerous woman; there are only susceptible men.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Men, Woman)

Though many have tried, no one has ever yet explained away the decisive fact that science, which can do so much, cannot decide what it ought to do.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: Science, Fact)

What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: War, Man)

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Keywords: God, Man)







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