Richard Hofstadter Quotes

Richard Hofstadter Quotes: It is the historic glory of the intellectual class of the West in modern times that, of all the classes which could be called in any sense privileged, it has shown the largest and most consistent concern for the well-being of the classes which lie below it in the social scale.
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Richard Hofstadter Quote: It is a part of the intellectual's tragedy that the things he most values about himself and his work are quite unlike those society values in him...
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Quotes about Richard Hofstadter: There has always been in our national experience a type of mind which elevates hatred to a kind of creed; for this mind, group hatreds take a place in politics similar to the class struggle in some other modern societies.
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Quote about Richard Hofstadter: The American farmer, whose holdings were not so extensive as those of the grandee nor so tiny as those of the peasant, whose psychology was Protestant and bourgeois, and whose politics were petty-capitalist rather than traditionalist, had no reason to share the social outlook of the rural classes of Europe. In Europe land was limited and dear, while labor was abundant and relatively cheap; in America the ratio between land and labor was inverted.
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Richard Hofstadter Sayings: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in a mordant protest written soon after the [1952] election, found the intellectual
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Richard Hofstadter Saying: The role of third parties is to sting like a bee, then die.
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Sayings about Richard Hofstadter: To the reactionary ear every whispered criticism of the elite classes has always sounded like the opening shot of an uprising.
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Saying about Richard Hofstadter: The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
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Richard Hofstadter Quotes: The utopia of the Populists was in the past, not in the future. According to the agrarian myth, the health of the state was proportionate to the degree to which it was dominated by the agricultural class, and this assumption pointed to the superiority of an earlier age.
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Richard Hofstadter Quote: If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea.
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Quotes about Richard Hofstadter: In using the terms play and playfulness, I do not intend to suggest any lack of seriousness; quite the contrary. Anyone who has watched children, or adults, at play will recognize that there is no contradiction between play and seriousness, and that some forms of play induce a measure of grave concentration not so readily called forth by work.
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