Quotations About / On: CULTURE
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).)
Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them.
(Jerome S. Bruner (20th century), U.S. psychologist and educator. "After John Dewey, What?" Bank Street College of Education Publication (March 1961).)
Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
(Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Ci-Gît (1947).)
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
(Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Art of Loving, ch. 1 (1956).)
Publicity is the life of this culturein so far as without publicity capitalism could not surviveand at the same time publicity is its dream.
(John Berger (b. 1926), British critic. Ways of Seeing, ch. 7 (1972).)
Nobody seriously questions the principle that it is the function of mass culture to maintain public morale, and certainly nobody in the mass audience objects to having his morale maintained.
(Robert Warshow (1917-1955), U.S. author. repr. In The Immediate Experience (1970). "The Gangster as Tragic Hero," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey (1948).)
Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilisation and mental culture.
(Anandabai Joshee (1865-1887), Indian physician. Letter, August 27, 1881. Caroline H. Dall, The Life of Anandabai Joshee (1888).)
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 (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).)