Quotation by Malcolm Cowley

Manners would be the standards of conduct that prevail in a group, large or small, and hence they would change from group to group and year to year. Morals would be defined as the standards that determine the relations of individuals with other individuals, one with one—a child with each of its parents, a husband with his wife, a rich man with a poor man (not the rich and the poor)—and also the relations of any man with himself, his destiny, and his God. They are answers found by individuals to the old problems of faith, hope, charity or love, art, duty, submission to one's fate ... and hence they are relatively universal; they can be illustrated from the lives of any individuals, in any place, at any time since the beginning of time.
Malcolm Cowley (1898–1889), U.S. author, critic. A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation, ch. 6, Viking (1973).
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