Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga Quotes

  • ''What the study of history and artistic creation have in common is a mode of forming images.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Aesthetic Element in Historical Thought (1968).
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  • ''We have to transpose ourselves into this impressionability of mind, into this sensitivity to tears and spiritual repentance, into this susceptibility, before we can judge how colorful and intensive life was then.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 1 (1921, trans. 1995). Speaking of the Middle Ages.
  • ''But one sound always rose above the clamor of busy life and, no matter how much of a tintinnabulation, was never confused and, for a moment lifted everything into an ordered sphere: that of the bells.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 1 (1921, trans. 1995).
  • ''With his ardent arms, man had pulled heaven to earth.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 2 (1921, trans. 1995). Speaking of the materialism of medieval times.
  • ''The modern city hardly knows pure darkness or pure silence anymore, nor does it know the effect of a single small light or that of a lonely distant shout.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 1 (1921, trans. 1995).
  • ''The things which can make life enjoyable remain the same. They are, now as before, reading, music, fine arts, travel, the enjoyment of nature, sports, fashion, social vanity (knightly orders, honorary offices, gatherings) and the intoxication of the senses.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 2 (1921, trans. 1995).
  • ''Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 2 (1921, trans. 1995).
  • ''It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Spirit of the Netherlands (1968).

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