Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''There are no instances known to me of cultures having forsaken Truth or renounced the understanding in its widest sense.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).
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  • ''A crude mind could easily think: something is valid, therefore it is true.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).
  • ''All seemingly profound thinking which passes for realism, because it conveniently does away with all troublesome principles, has a great attraction for the adolescent mind.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).
  • ''The new knowledge has not yet settled in culture. It has not yet been integrated in a new cosmic conception.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 6 (1936).
  • ''Without claiming superiority of intellectual over visual understanding, one is nevertheless bound to admit that the cinema allows a number of æsthetic-intellectual means of perception to remain unexercised which cannot but lead to a weakening of judgment.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 7 (1936).
  • ''Science, unguided by a higher abstract principle, freely hands over its secrets to a vastly developed and commercially inspired technology, and the latter, even less restrained by a supreme culture saving principle, with the means of science creates all the instruments of power demanded from it by the organization of Might.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 9 (1936).
  • ''If, then, this civilization is to be saved, if it is not to be submerged by centuries of barbarism, but to secure the treasures of its inheritance on new and more stable foundations, there is indeed need for those now living fully to realize how far the decay has already progressed.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 1 (1936). Written as the clouds of WW II gathered.
  • ''People accept a representation in which the elements of wish and fantasy are purposely included but which nevertheless proclaims to represent "the past" and to serve as a guide-rule for life, thereby hopelessly confusing the spheres of knowledge and will.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936). On popular misrepresentations of history.
  • ''Barbarisation may be defined as a cultural process whereby an attained condition of high value is gradually overrun and superseded by elements of lower quality.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 17 (1936).
  • ''Life is made too easy. Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).

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