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All Quotes by author - Jacques Barzun
" After being boxed in by man and his constructions in Europe and the East, the release into space is exhilarating. The horizon is a huge remote circle, and no hills intervene. "
" A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth. "
" An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can. "
" Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art. "
" By the time I was 9, I had the conviction that everybody in the world was an artist except plumbers or people who delivered groceries. "
" Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice. "
" Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. "
" Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole. "
" If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. "
" If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real. "
" In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle. "
" In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. "
" It is only in the shadows, when some fresh wave, truly original, truly creative, breaks upon the shore, that there will be a rediscovery of the West. "
" It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence. "
" Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions. "
" Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti. "
" Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy. "
" Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. "
" Schools are not intended to moralize a wicked world, but to impart knowledge and develop intelligence, with only two social aims in mind: prepare to take on one's share in the world's work, and perhaps in addition, lend a hand in improving society, after schooling is done. "
" Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap. "
" Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. "
" The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers. "
" The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works. "
" The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind. "
" Varese, Apollinaire, Ezra Pound, Leger, Gleizes, Severini, Villon, Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, Marie Laurencin, Cocteau and many others were to me household names in the literal sense - names of familiar figures around the house. "
" Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams. "
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