Jacques Barzun - Quotes

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Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. ---->>>

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ---->>>

The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind. ---->>>

If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real. ---->>>

Schools are not intended to moralize a wicked world, but to impart knowledge and develop intelligence, with only two social aims in mind: prepare to take on one's share in the world's work, and perhaps in addition, lend a hand in improving society, after schooling is done.

Schools are not intended to moralize a wicked world, but to impart knowledge and develop intelligence, with only two social aims in mind: prepare to take on one's share in the world's work, and perhaps in addition, lend a hand in improving society, after schooling is done.

I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist. ---->>>

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ---->>>

Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole. ---->>>

Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti. ---->>>

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams. ---->>>

An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can. ---->>>

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art. ---->>>

By the time I was 9, I had the conviction that everybody in the world was an artist except plumbers or people who delivered groceries. ---->>>

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers. ---->>>

Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. ---->>>

I'll read, and then I'll take naps. When I feel sleep coming on, I give in and don't fight it. ---->>>

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. ---->>>

It is only in the shadows, when some fresh wave, truly original, truly creative, breaks upon the shore, that there will be a rediscovery of the West. ---->>>

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy. ---->>>

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball. ---->>>

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth. ---->>>

Varese, Apollinaire, Ezra Pound, Leger, Gleizes, Severini, Villon, Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, Marie Laurencin, Cocteau and many others were to me household names in the literal sense - names of familiar figures around the house. ---->>>

In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle. ---->>>

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works. ---->>>

After being boxed in by man and his constructions in Europe and the East, the release into space is exhilarating. The horizon is a huge remote circle, and no hills intervene. ---->>>

Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice. ---->>>

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 11-30, 1907
Birthplace: Créteil, France
Die: 2012-10-25
Occupation: Educator
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Jacques Martin Barzun (November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) was a French-American historian known for his studies of the history of ideas and cultural history. He wrote about a wide range of subjects, including baseball, mystery novels, and classical music, and was also known as a philosopher of education (wikipedia)