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Jacques Barzun
November 30, 1907 -
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art.

    Topics: Art

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.


It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.


Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti.


Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.


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.


The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.

    Topics: Education

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.


If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.


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.


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.


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.


In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.


An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.


Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.


The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.


Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.


Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.


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 teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.


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