Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''The second fundamental feature of culture is that all culture has an element of striving.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
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  • ''The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 12 (1936).
  • ''Culture means control over nature.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
  • ''Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
  • ''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).
  • ''A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 17 (1936).
  • ''William James once said: "Progress is a terrible thing." It is more than that: it is also a highly ambiguous notion. For who knows but that a little further on the way a bridge may not have collapsed or a crevice split the earth?''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 5 (1936).
  • ''Culture requires in the first place a certain balance of material and spiritual values.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
  • ''Without metaphor the handling of general concepts such as culture and civilization becomes impossible, and that of disease and disorder is the obvious one for the case in point. Is not crisis itself a concept we owe to Hippocrates? In the social and cultural domain no metaphor is more apt than the pathological one.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 5 (1936).
  • ''The art of watching has become mere skill at rapid apperception and understanding of continuously changing visual images. The younger generation has acquired this cinematic perception to an amazing degree.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 7 (1936).

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