Max Weber Politics as a vocation
- Whoever wants to engage in politics at all, and especially in politics as a vocation, has to realize these ethical paradoxes. He must know that he is responsible for what may become of himself under the impact of these paradoxes. I repeat, he lets himself in for the diabolic forces lurking in all violence.
- Everything that is striven for through political action operating with violent means and following an ethic of responsibility endangers the 'salvation of the soul.'
- Age is not decisive; what is decisive is the trained relentlessness in viewing the realities of life, and the ability to face such realities and to measure up to them inwardly.
- Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth --that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible.