Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Czechoslovak politician, statesman, sociologist and philosopher (1850-1937); first Czechoslovak president
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, sometimes anglicised to Thomas Masaryk (7 March 1850 – 14 September 1937), was a Czechoslovak politician, statesman, sociologist and philosopher, the first president of Czechoslovakia.
- [I]t redounds to the honour of Russian literature that the leading spirits of that literature were the most efficient adversaries of slavery.
- Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (1919), The Spirit of Russia, I, p. 137
- Theology is to-day recognised to be the instrument of myth, philosophy to be the instrument of science.
- Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (1919), The Spirit of Russia, I, p. 208
- A great many people really care very little for their own compatriots, but they hate anything foreign.
- Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (1919), The Spirit of Russia, I, pp. 277–278
- Unquestionably society ought to be so organised as to render self-sacrifice superfluous, for as long as men exist who are ready and willing to make sacrifices, so long will egoists take advantage of these sacrifices.
- Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (1919), The Spirit of Russia, II, pp. 15–16
- Jesus, not Cæsar, I repeat,—this is the meaning of our history and democracy.
- Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (c1921), The Religious Conditions in Czechoslovakia, p. 7
- War is not the greatest evil, though it is an evil. The open struggle of the battlefield is not the greatest evil; worse is that chronic condition of society which makes possible the violence of the stronger to the weaker; worse than war are insincerity and falsehood; worse is that egotism hidden under the mask of humanity and nobility in mind; worse is cowardice passing itself off as fortitude; worse is sophistry deceiving the sensible and wise. Death is not worse than a dishonourable life which destroys its own soul as well as that of its neighbour.
- Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue (2017-03-29). "A Philosophy of Pacifism". The New Europe 2 (24): 342–350.