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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Culture means control over nature.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious,
one should preserve it.
- Anais Nin

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
- Psalm 16:1

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.
- Junipero Serra

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health
of the body is that it is so difficult to do without
destroying the health of the mind.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is absolutely imperative that we protect,
preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man
and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
- David R. Brower

Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances.
- Virgil

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes.
I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom.
The function of the law is to keep those who hold power,
in power.
- Gerry Spence

We can preserve Social Security benefits for generations
of Americans without privatizing this important program.
- Richard Neal

Dread lord and cousin, may the almighty preserve your
reverence and lordship in long life and good fortune.
- Owen Glendower

The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger;
the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind,
the latter to preserve themselves.
- Joseph Addison

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless
while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
- E. O. Wilson

The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.
- Lord Melbourne

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure,
still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving,
and for every breath a song.
- Konrad von Gesner

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it;
but if you extinguish it,
you will not easily kindle it again.
- Francis Bacon

How strange are the tricks of memory,
which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life,
religiously preserve the merest trifles.
- Richard Burton

The only way you preserve pitching arms is throwing;
that makes the arm stronger.
- Juan Marichal

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life,
for without it life is insupportable.
- Miguel de Cervantes

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic:
a man's own observation what he finds good of and what
he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
- Francis Bacon

We have to preserve it and use it sustainably.
And the short-term use of resources at the destruction
of the long-term heritage of this country is not a
policy that we can pursue.
- Bruce Babbitt

The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural
than the instincts which preserve him.
- George Santayana

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship,
he would keep it in port forever.
- Thomas Aquinas

Unlike any other business in the United States,
sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.
- Lewis H. Lapham

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations...
can never effect a reform.
- Susan B. Anthony

In fact, because of their connection to the land,
farmers do more to protect and preserve our environment than almost anyone else.
They are some of the best environmentalists around.
- Ike Skelton

The modern minds in each generation are the critics
who preserve us from a petrifying world,
who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers.
- Edith Hamilton

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
- Antonia Fraser

There are times when even the most potent governor
must wink at transgression,
in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
- Herman Melville

Calculated risks of abuse are taken in order to preserve higher values.
- Warren E. Burger

The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments,
and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to
preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought.
- Henry Waxman

Hopefully, generations after us will continue to protect,
preserve, and look after this wonderful land.
- Wilford Brimley

But there is a need to explore ways we can preserve
the promise of Social Security for future generations.
- Sue Kelly

Well the first order of government is to preserve the public order and safety.
- Bob Wise

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
- Alvin Toffler

Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both
to preserve the traditional definition of marriage
and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians.
- Mitt Romney

The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.
- Matthew Henry

It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace.
The loss of life causes but a moment's grief,
but disgrace brings grief every day of one's life.
- Chanakya

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud,
is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
- John Quincy Adams

In fact, quantitative findings of any material and
energy changes preserve their full context only through
their being seen and understood as parts of a natural order.
- Walter Rudolf Hess

The buying of time or space is not the taking out of
a hunting license on someone else's private preserve
but is the renting of a stage on which we may perform.
- Howard Luck Gossage

My femininity is always something I've tried to preserve
in this dog-eat-dog world.
- Margaret Smith Court


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