Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''Most thoughtful Americans of today seem to have forgotten how strongly their own and immediate predecessors, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whitman, were still preoccupied with the essence behind things.''
    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.
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  • ''Under weak government, in a wide, thinly populated country, in the struggle against the raw natural environment and with the free play of economic forces, unified social groups become the transmitters of culture.''
    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.
  • ''It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.''
    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.
  • ''Quite apart from any conscious program, the great cultural historians have always been historical morphologists: seekers after the forms of life, thought, custom, knowledge, art.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''One does not realize the historical sensation as a re-experiencing, but as an understanding that is closely related to the understanding of music, or rather of the world by means of music.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions. In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved. Its general attitude is stoic.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''Thanks to recent trends in the theory of knowledge, history is now better aware of its own worth and unassailability than it formerly was. It is precisely in its inexact character, in the fact that it can never be normative and does not have to be, that its security lies.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense by establishing strict causal connections.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."
  • ''In order to begin an analysis, there must already be a synthesis present in the mind.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History."

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