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Georg Simmel
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    Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    Every relationship between two individuals or two groups will be characterized by the ratio of secrecy that is involved in it. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    Every superior personality, and every superior performance, has, for the average of mankind, something mysterious. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    For obvious reasons, the immoral hides itself, even when its content encounters no social penalty, as, for example, many sexual faults. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    For the division of labor demands from the individual an ever more one-sided accomplishment, and the greatest advance in a one-sided pursuit only too frequently means dearth to the personality of the individual. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    For the metropolis presents the peculiar conditions which are revealed to us as the opportunities and the stimuli for the development of both these ways of allocating roles to men. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    For this reason, strangers are not really conceived as individuals, but as strangers of a particular type: the element of distance is no less general in regard to them than the element of nearness. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    For, to be a stranger is naturally a very positive relation; it is a specific form of interaction. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    In order to accommodate to change and to the contrast of phenomena, the intellect does not require any shocks and inner upheavals; it is only through such upheavals that the more conservative mind could accommodate to the metropolitan rhythm of events. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    Secrecy involves a tension which, at the moment of revelation, finds its release. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    Secrecy is thus, so to speak, a transition stadium between being and not-being. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The earliest phase of social formations found in historical as well as in contemporary social structures is this: a relatively small circle firmly closed against neighboring, strange, or in some way antagonistic circles. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The eighteenth century called upon man to free himself of all the historical bonds in the state and in religion, in morals and in economics. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The first internal relation that is essential to a secret society is the reciprocal confidence of its members. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The individual has become a mere cog in an enormous organization of things and powers which tear from his hands all progress, spirituality, and value in order to transform them from their subjective form into the form of a purely objective life. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The intellectually sophisticated person is indifferent to all genuine individuality, because relationships and reactions result from it which cannot be exhausted with logical operations. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The metropolis has always been the seat of the money economy. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The metropolis reveals itself as one of those great historical formations in which opposing streams which enclose life unfold, as well as join one another with equal right. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The most sacred duty of each member is to preserve the profoundest silence with reference to such things as concern the well-being of the order. Georg-SimmelGeorg Simmel
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    The possession of full knowledge does away with the need of trusting, while complete absence of knowledge makes trust evidently impossible. Georg-Simmel/">Georg Simmel
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    The psychological basis of the metropolitan type of individuality consists in the intensification of nervous stimulation which results from the swift and uninterrupted change of outer and inner stimuli. Georg-Simmel/">Georg Simmel
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    Thus, the technique of metropolitan life is unimaginable without the most punctual integration of all activities and mutual relations into a stable and impersonal time schedule. Georg-Simmel/">Georg Simmel
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    Very often it is impossible for us to restrain our interpretation of another, our theory of his subjective characteristics and intentions. Georg-Simmel/">Georg Simmel