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Quotations From JOHAN HUIZINGA

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  • 1.
    It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972). An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.
  • 2.
    Quite apart from any conscious program, the great cultural historians have always been historical morphologists: seekers after the forms of life, thought, custom, knowledge, art.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."

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  • 3.
    Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 2 (1936).
  • 4.
    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 (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."

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  • 5.
    Under weak government, in a wide, thinly populated country, in the struggle against the raw natural environment and with the free play of economic forces, unified social groups become the transmitters of culture.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972). An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.

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  • 6.
    Most thoughtful Americans of today seem to have forgotten how strongly their own and immediate predecessors, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whitman, were still preoccupied with the essence behind things.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972). An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.

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  • 7.
    Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 1 (1972).

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  • 8.
    Educators are aware that they can reach the youth only by making use of gang spirit and guiding it, not by working against it.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972). An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.
  • 9.
    The awareness of the all-surpassing importance of social groups is now general property in America.
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972).

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  • 10.
    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 (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).

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