Jacques Barzun

(Jacques Martin Barzun)

Jacques Barzun
Jacques Barzun
  • Born: November 30, 1907
  • Died: October 25, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Historian









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Art is power. Art influences the mind, the nerves, the feelings, the soul. It carries messages of hope, hostility, derision and moral rebuke. It can fight material and spiritual evils and can transmit the ideals of a community now living, long past or soon to be born. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. Development & Growth
It is not clear to anyone, least of all the practitioners, how science and technology in their headlong course do or should influence ethics and law, education and government, art and social philosophy, religion and the life of the affections. Yet science is an all-pervasive energy, for it is at once a mode of thought, a source of strong emotion, and a faith as fanatical as any in history. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The great value of the two party system is that after the progressive party has taken a step forward in the face of agonized yells, the conservatives come in and—true to their platform—change nothing at all. Such is the way dangerous innovations turn into glorious traditions. Liberals & Conservatives
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.
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.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Time
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist. History
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
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. Life
I'll read, and then I'll take naps. When I feel sleep coming on, I give in and don't fight it.
In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle. Business, Commerce & Finance
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Time ;Morning ;Communication & Communications
Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

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