Quotation by Charles Horton Cooley

The self ... might be regarded as a sort of citadel of the mind, fortified without and containing selected treasures within, while love is an undivided share in the rest of the universe. In a healthy mind each contributes to the growth of the other: what we love intensely or for a long time we are likely to bring within the citadel, and to assert as part of ourself. On the other hand, it is only on the basis of a substantial self that a person is capable of progressive sympathy or love.
Charles Horton Cooley (1864–1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 5 (1902).
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