Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''Injustice, cruelty, restraint of conscience, oppression, falsity, dishonour, deceit, violation of law and equity?—But look how they have cleaned up the cities and what wonderful roads they have built!''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 13 (1936).
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  • ''Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
  • ''Not until the advent of Impressionism does the repudiation of principles set in which opened the way for the burlesque parade of the fashionable and publicity-crazed modernities of our century.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 3 (1936). The collapse of standards in the twentieth century.
  • ''Regna regnis lupi, The State is a wolf unto the State. It is not a pessimistic lamentation like the old homo homini lupus [Man is a wolf to Man], but a positive creed and political ideal.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 14 (1936).
  • ''The susceptibility of the average modern to pictorial suggestion enables advertising to exploit his lessened power of judgment.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 7 (1936).
  • ''History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. XX (1936).
  • ''Whatever our creed or belief, we all know that there is no way back, that we must fight our way through.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 2 (1936). The crisis of World War II.
  • ''Nelson's famous signal before the Battle of Trafalgar was not: "England expects that every man will be a hero." It said: "England expects that every man will do his duty." In 1805 that was enough. It should still be.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 15 (1936).
  • ''We are living in a demented world. And we know it. It would not come as a surprise to anyone if tomorrow the madness gave way to a frenzy which would leave our poor Europe in a state of distracted stupor, with engines still turning and flags streaming in the breeze, but with the spirit gone.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 1 (1936). Written as the clouds of WW II gathered.
  • ''We know it only too well: if we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 3 (1936).

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