Today is the birthday of Charles Horton Cooley (born Aug. 17, 1864 - May 8, 1929), sociologist. He is best known for his concept of "looking-glass self", the theory that self-image is formed largely by the messages we get from others, and an individual's interpretation of those messages.
Charles Horton Cooley was a founding member and the eighth president of the American Sociological Association.
"A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory." - Charles Horton Cooley
"As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquility of the waters in which we see it." - Charles Horton Cooley
"A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius." - Charles Horton Cooley
"The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society." - Charles Horton Cooley
"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." - Charles Horton Cooley
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Le Chariot Chuck: 1918 - Paris, France. circa 1918. "Sample Red Cross rolling kitchen, ready to travel. On exhibition at the Grand Palais." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
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