Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''From whichever angle one looks at it, the application of racial theories remains a striking proof of the lowered demands of public opinion upon the purity of critical judgment.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 8 (1936).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Of late the new "life philosophy" has shown a tendency to relapse into a bewildering confusion of logical and poetical means of expression.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).
  • ''The aggregate of all knowledge has not yet become culture in us. Rather it would seem as if, with the progressive scientific penetration and dissection of reality, the foundations of our thinking grow ever more precarious and unstable.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 6 (1936).
  • ''Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.''
    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.
  • ''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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