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Jacques Barzun Quotes
Brief author info: Jacques Barzun (1907- ) French-born American critic and educator.
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Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
We may complain and cavil at the anarchy which is the amateurs natural element, but in soberness we must agree that if the amateur did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.
Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in memorable form-or else it is not art.
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
The history of creation is but a succession of battles between amateurs of genius-inspired heretics- and orthodox professionals.
Intellect has nothing to do with equality except to respect it as a sublime convention.
We cannot appreciate the art of any age without first acquiring an equivalent of the experience it depicts.
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
It is always some illusion that creates disillusion, especially in the young, for whom the only alternative to perfection is cynicism.
The piano is the social instrument par excellence. It is drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity, the most massive of the devices by which the young are tortured in the name of education, and the grown-up in the name of entertainment.
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