Quote by Gertrude Stein
I simply contend that the middle-class ideal which demands that people be affectionate, respectable, honest and content, that they avoid excitements and cultivate serenity is the ideal that appeals to me, it is in short the ideal of affectionate family life, of honorable business methods.
This quote expresses the author's belief in the value of the middle-class ideal. They argue that this particular ideal, characterized by qualities such as affection, respectability, honesty, and contentment, holds personal appeal. The author also praises the cultivation of serenity and the importance of a loving family life and ethical business practices. Essentially, they find this societal ideal to be desirable and worthy of admiration.
The psychoanalysis of individual human beings, however, teaches us with quite special insistence that the god of each of them is formed in the likeness of his father, that his personal relation to God depends on his relation to his father in the flesh and oscillates and changes along with that relation, and that at bottom God is nothing other than an exalted father.