The test and the use of man’s education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
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.
In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.
Topics: Creativity, To Be Born Everyday
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game.
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.
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
In any assembly, the simplest way to stop the transacting of business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.
Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
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
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- James Harvey Robinson American Historian
- Thomas Merton American Trappist Monk
- James Truslow Adams American Historian
- David McCullough American Historian
- Will Durant American Historian
- Jean-luc Godard French-born Swiss Film Director
- Daniel J. Boorstin American Historian
- Theodore H. White American Journalist
- Alfred Whitney Griswold American Historian
- Christopher Lasch American Historian