Quotations From PHILIPPE ARIÉS

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  • 1.
    Until the end of the Middle Ages, and in many cases afterwards too, in order to obtain initiation in a trade of any sort whatever—whether that of courtier, soldier, administrator, merchant or workman—a boy did not amass the knowledge necessary to ply that trade before entering it, but threw himself into it; he then acquired the necessary knowledge.
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1962).

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  • 2.
    In 1600 the specialization of games and pastimes did not extend beyond infancy; after the age of three or four it decreased and disappeared. From then on the child played the same games as the adult, either with other children or with adults. . . . Conversely, adults used to play games which today only children play.
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1962).

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  • 3.
    The first typical adolescent of modern times was Wagner's Siegfried. : the music of Siegfried expressed for the first time that combination of (provisional) purity, physical strength, naturism, spontaneity and joie de vivre which was to make the adolescent the hero of our twentieth century, the century of adolescence.
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1962).

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  • 4.
    It is as if, to every period of history, there corresponded a privileged age and a particular division of human life: "youth" is the privileged age of the seventeenth century, childhood of the nineteenth, adolescence of the twentieth.
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1962).

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