"Nowadays men often feel that their private lives are a series of traps. They sense that within their everyday worlds, they cannot overcome their troubles, and in this feeling, they are often quite correct..." (p. 3).

"No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of history, and of their intersections within a society has completed its intellectual journey" (p. 4).

"The sociological imagination is the most fruitful form of this self-consciousness...By its use...men...often come to feel as if suddenly awakened in a house with which they had only supposed themselves to be familiar" (p. 5).

"[T]he sociological imagination is our most needed quality of mind" (p. 8).