Quotations by Jacques Barzun

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Born: Saturday, November 30, 1907
Profession: Educator
Nationality: American


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.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Conservative, Feet, Liberal, Man)

An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Artist, Duty, May, Right)

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Art, Meaning)

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.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Education, Injustice, Past, Style)

Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Affectation, End, Routine)

Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Feelings, Idea, Deep, Idealism, Nothing)

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Age, Civilization)

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.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Life, Talk)

In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Business)

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Work, Day, Teaching, Years)

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Time, Mail)

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Music, Emotions)

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

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Mind, Tragedy)

Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Hatred, Tolerance)

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.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Being, Intellect, Opinion, Privilege)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Art, Teaching, Tradition)

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Danger, May, Will, Writers)

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Cause, Intellectuals)

The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Education, Exercise, Man, Mind, Pleasure)

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.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Heart, America, Baseball, First, Mind, Rules, School)







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