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Every age yearns for a more beautiful world.
by Johan Huizinga

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world.
The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present,
the more intense that yearning.
- Johan Huizinga

Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more
humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
- Johan Huizinga

Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the
essential content of the original thought:
sudden and lasting betterment.
- Johan Huizinga

Life is made too easy.
Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury.
- Johan Huizinga

 

History can predict nothing except that great changes
in human relationships will never come about in the
form in which they have been anticipated.
- Johan Huizinga

These are strange times.
Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it,
now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.
- Johan Huizinga

History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging
facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense
by establishing strict causal connections.
- Johan Huizinga

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A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates
a much greater confusion of thought than one which
contents itself with simple popular practices.
- Johan Huizinga

Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth,
wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit
and attainment is always security and order.
- Johan Huizinga

The susceptibility of the average modern to pictorial
suggestion enables advertising to exploit his lessened power of judgment.
- Johan Huizinga

It is impossible to strive for the heroic life.
The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen,
who themselves know nothing of heroism.
- Johan Huizinga

Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act,
but with a special function of its own in human experience.
- Johan Huizinga

Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism
such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly
novel in the history of human culture.
- Johan Huizinga

The second fundamental feature of culture is that all
culture has an element of striving.
- Johan Huizinga

History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us.
- Johan Huizinga

Culture means control over nature.
- Johan Huizinga

The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means
the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well,
and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.
- Johan Huizinga

In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion.
In America it seems rather to be science.
- Johan Huizinga

From whichever angle one looks at it,
the application of racial theories remains a striking
proof of the lowered demands of public opinion upon
the purity of critical judgment.
- Johan Huizinga

You only live a short time...
and you are dead a long time.
- Johan Huizinga

If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.
- Johan Huizinga

Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical
or it will cease to be culture.
- Johan Huizinga

An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions.
In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved.
Its general attitude is stoic.
- Johan Huizinga

It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.
- Johan Huizinga

Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains.
What of the control of human nature? Do not point to
the triumphs of psychiatry,
social services or the war against crime.
Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.
- Johan Huizinga

We can't put up a protectionist dam on our own against
the neo-liberal world market either.
However, we can try, together with our European partners,
to maintain the social character of Europe as much as possible.
- Johan Huizinga

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

Dreams are renewable no matter what our age.
- Dale Turner

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

The really frightening thing about middle age is the
knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
- Doris Day

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

Every formula of every religion has, in this age of reason,
to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The tendency of old age to the body,
say the physiologists,
is to form bone.
It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old
man whose opinions are not ossified.
- Bob Wells

When a noble life has prepared old age,
it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Muriel Spark

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens.
A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not
suddenly become filled on retirement.
- Dwight L. Moody

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
- James Thurber

As you age naturally, your family shows more and more on your face.
If you deny that, you deny your heritage.
- Frances Conroy

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts
catching up with Mother Nature.
- Harold Coffin

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth,
but a reproach to old age.
- Aristotle

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent.
We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
- Knut Hamsun

Age is not a particularly interesting subject.
Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.
- Don Marquis

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

You end up as you deserve.
In old age you must put up with the face,
the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.
- Judith Viorst

Old age is a shipwreck.
- Charles de Gaulle

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
- Stanislaw Lec

He has a profound respect for old age.
Especially when it's bottled.
- Gene Fowler

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

Old age is an excellent time for outrage.
My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
- Louis Kronenberger

I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You're as old as you feel.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

I will never be an old man.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
- Emily Dickinson

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body,
the mind, and the heart.
And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise,
study, and love.
- Alan Bleasdale

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In youth we run into difficulties.
In old age difficulties run into us.
- Beverly Sills

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of
having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
- Jim Fiebig

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Mark Twain


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