Quotations From JACQUES BARZUN


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  • Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game.
    Jacques Barzun (b. 1907), U.S. scholar. quoted in Michael Novak, The Joy of Sports, pt. 1 (1976).

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  • Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
    Jacques Barzun (b. 1907), U.S. scholar. Newsweek (New York, Dec. 5, 1955).

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  • In a large university, there are as many deans and executive heads as there are schools and departments. Their relations to one another are intricate and periodic; in fact, "galaxy" is too loose a term: it is a planetarium of deans with the President of the University as a central sun. One can see eclipses, inner systems, and oppositions.
    Jacques Barzun (b. 1907), French-born U.S. critic, educator. Teacher in America, ch. 13, Little, Brown (1954).

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