Quotations About / On:
Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
(Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. Between Past and Future, ch. 6 (1961).)
Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. The Need For Roots, pt. 2, "Uprootedness in the Towns," (1949).)
The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideasuncertainty, progress, changeinto crimes.
(Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. Herbert Read Memorial Lecture, Feb. 6, 1990, ICA, London. Is Nothing Sacred? (1990).)
It's no accident that of all the monuments left of the Greco- Roman culture the biggest is the ballpark, the Colosseum, the Yankee Stadium of ancient times.
(Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. Quoted in Ira Berkow's column, p. 18, The New York Times (January 16, 1982).)
The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.
(Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. repr. As Discovering the Present, introduction (1973). "The Cultural Situation Today," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, Summer 1972).)
The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.
(Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood's Pagan Queen," Penthouse (New York, March 1992).)
The most general deficiency in our sort of culture and education is gradually dawning on me: no one learns, no one strives towards, no one teachesenduring loneliness.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 270, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Dawn, "Fifth Book," aphorism 443, "On Education," (1881).)
Our culture is ill-equipped to assert the bourgeois values which would be the salvation of the under-class, because we have lost those values ourselves.
(Norman Podhoretz (b. 1930), U.S. editor, critic, essayist. quoted in Daily Mail (London, Nov. 10, 1989).)
We know it only too well: if we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 3 (1936).)
It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.
(Northrop Frye (b. 1912), Canadian literary critic. "Anagogic Phase: Symbol as Monad," Anatomy of Criticism (1957).)