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Johan Huizinga Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture means control over nature.
- 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

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

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

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

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint,
but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic
colours breaking through.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Though, with the ascendancy of Louis,
the political power of the nobles finally came to an end,
France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life,
completely aristocratic.
- Lytton Strachey

Wars have ever been but another aristocratic mode of
plundering and oppressing commerce.
- Richard Cobden

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic
pleasure of giving offense.
- Charles Baudelaire

Slavery is malignantly aristocratic.
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being
that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes
triumphant crime is altogether popular.
- Maximilien Robespierre

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The other guy I dug a lot was Burroughs because he was a smart man already;
he learned it through the druggie pool -
the street scene of an old aristocratic kind of man.
- Gregory Corso

Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon
atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
- Samuel Butler

Sharpe is my favorite role of all that I've played.
He's a very complex character.
He knows that he's a good soldier, but he will always
have to fight the prejudice of aristocratic officers
because of his rough working-class upbringing.
On the battlefield, he's full of confidence -
but off it,
he is unsure, a bit shy and ill at ease.
- Sean Bean

I incline to an aristocratic republic.
This would satisfy the ambitious spirit among our people.
We shall learn from the historic mistakes of others
in the same way as we learn from our own;
for we are a modern nation and wish to be the most modern in the world.
- Theodor Herzl

Most people live in the city and go to the country at the weekend,
and that's posh and aristocratic, but actually to live
in the country and come to London when you can't take
it any more is different.
- Damien Hirst

In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy,
the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic
authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order,
has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today.
- Lincoln Kirstein

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer

Confession of errors is like a broom
which sweeps away the dirt
and leaves the surface brighter and clearer.
I feel stronger for confession.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
- Carl Jung

Bats drink on the wing, like swallows,
by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.
- Gilbert White

Few people even scratch the surface,
much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
- Randolph Bourne

Whales only get harpooned when they come to the surface,
and turtles can only move forward when they stick their neck out,
but investors face risk no matter what they do.
- Charles A. Jaffe

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Language is froth on the surface of thought.
- John McCarthy

The glacier was God's great plough set at work ages ago to grind,
furrow, and knead over, as it were, the surface of the earth.
- Louis Agassiz

In the context of interfaith encounter,
we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do -
not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty.
- Rowan D. Williams

I admit that Post-it note sheets that adhere to virtually
any surface are now my substitute of choice for retention.
- Candice Bergen

I prefer neurotic people.
I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface.
- Stephen Sondheim

There's no love more intense than the love we have for our kids -
and where there is intense love,
there is also intense fear lurking beneath the surface.
- Arianna Huffington

Women have the right to say: this is surface,
this falsifies reality, this degrades.
- Tillie Olsen

Yet, much of what lies beneath the ocean's surface remains a mystery,
and our nation continues to rely on a confused,
antiquated system of ocean governance.
- Tom Allen

The subject matter of the stories on the surface...
there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
- Kenneth Koch

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:
only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
- Howard Nemerov

My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers
of irony and paradox all the way through it.
- Mark Haddon

The underlying process in Northern music tends to be slower and continuous,
whatever's happening on the surface;
in Southern music the underlying process is always faster.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home
on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
- Vladimir Nabokov

One of the things that made me persist in the Antarctic
in the face of sickening discouragements was my determination
to name a portion of the earth's surface after my father.
- Lincoln Ellsworth

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders.
He is bolted to earth.
But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Unfortunately, we haven't found many very old rocks
on Earth because our planet's surface is constantly
renewed by plate tectonics,
coupled with erosion.
- Robert Duncan

It's also ironic that in the old days of tape and tape
hiss and vinyl records and surface noise,
we were always trying to get records louder and louder to overcome that.
- T-Bone Burnett

Well, actually I don't care what surface I'm playing on.
- Daniela Hantuchova

Beauty is only skin deep.
If you go after someone just because she's beautiful
but don't have anything to talk about,
it's going to get boring fast.
You want to look beyond the surface and see if you
can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person.
- Amanda Peet

Only around 2% of the earth's surface is cultivatable land.
- Susan George

I'm lucky enough that directors sometimes seek me out
for little projects that people don't even know about,
that just surface later on.
- Laura Dern

It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean
covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each
Pacific country has its own cultural,
historical and ethnic identity.
- Jenny Shipley

I'm just starting to scratch the surface of what really
makes me happy and it's taken me a while to admit that
acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.
- Leonardo DiCaprio


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