Jacques Barzun Quotes

Jacques Barzun Quotes: Speech, after all, is in some measure an expression of character, and flexibility in its use is a good way to tell your friends from the robots.
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Jacques Barzun Quote: When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent.
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Quotes about Jacques Barzun: 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.
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Quote about Jacques Barzun: The world has long observed that small acts of immorality, if repeated, will destroy character. It is equally manifest, though never said, that uttering nonsense and half-truth without cease ends by destroying Intellect
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Jacques Barzun Sayings: Among the words that can be all things to all men, the word
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Jacques Barzun Saying: Regarding the idea of race, .. no agreement seems to exist about what race means. Race seems to embody a fact as simple and as obvious as the noonday sun, but if that is so, why the endless wrangling about the idea and the facts of race. What is a race? How can it be recognized? Who constitute the several races?.
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Sayings about Jacques Barzun: In ordinary speech the words perception and sensation tend to be used interchangeably, but the psychologist distinguishes. Sensations are the items of consciousness--a color, a weight, a texture--that we tend to think of as simple and single. Perceptions are complex affairs that embrace sensation together with other, associated or revived contents of the mind, including emotions.
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Saying about Jacques Barzun: The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one teaches a student how to learn it.
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Jacques Barzun Quotes: The eager or dutiful persons who subject themselves to these tidal waves of the classics and the moderns find everything wonderful in an absent-minded way. The wonder washes over them rather than into them, and one of its effects is to make anything shocking or odd suddenly interesting enough to gain a month's celebrity. And so another by-product of our come-one, come-all policy is the tendency to reward cleverness, not art, and to put one more hurdle in the path of the truly original artist.
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Jacques Barzun Quote: I'll read, and then I'll take naps. When I feel sleep coming on, I give in and don't fight it.
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Quotes about Jacques Barzun: 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.
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Quote about Jacques Barzun: We are accustomed to the artist scoundrel or specialist in vice, and unaccustomed to the creator in whom passion and reason and moral integrity hold in balance. But greatness of intellect and feeling, or soul and conduct magnanimity, in short does occur; it is not a myth for boy scouts, and its reality is important, if only to give us the true range of the term
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Jacques Barzun Sayings: Criticism will need an injection of humility that is, a recognition of its role as ancillary to the arts, needed only occasionally in a temporary capacity. Since the critic exists only for introducing and explaining, he must be readily intelligible; he has no special vocabulary: criticism is in no way a science or a system.
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Jacques Barzun Saying: no subject of study is more important than reading... all other intellectual powers depend on it.
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Sayings about Jacques Barzun: Music, not being made up of objects nor referring to objects, is intangible and ineffable; it can only be as it were inhaled by the spirit: the rest is silence.
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Saying about Jacques Barzun: No one has ever used historical examples, near or remote, with the detail, precision, and directness to be found in every page of Shaw.
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Jacques Barzun Quotes: Of true knowledge at any time, a good part is merely convenient, necessary indeed to the worker, but not to an understanding of his subject: One can judge a building without knowing where to buy the bricks; one can understand a violin sonata without knowing how to score for the instrument. The work may in fact be better understood without a knowledge of the details of its manufacture, of attention to these tends to distract from meaning and effect.
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Jacques Barzun Quote: Seeing clearly within himself and always able to dodge around the ends of any position, including his own, Shaw assumed from the start the dual role of prophet and gadfly. To his contemporaries it appeared frivolous and contradictory to perform as both superman and socialist, sceptic and believer, legalist and heretic, high-brow and mob-orator. But feeling the duty to teach as well as to mirror mankind, Shaw did not accept himself as a contradictory being.
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