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Born: 1907-11-30
Profession: Educator
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Education, Moral, Past

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.

Tags: Knowledge, Society, Work

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.

Tags: Between, Opinion, Since

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.

Tags: House, Others, Sense

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.

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Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.

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Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

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The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.

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In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.

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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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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.

Tags: Heart, Mind, School

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art.

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Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.

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

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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.

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An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.

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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.

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Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.

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I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist.

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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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If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.

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In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.

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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.

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It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

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Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.

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The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.

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The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.

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Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

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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.

Tags: After, Europe, Space
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