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Richard Hofstadter Quotes
Brief author info: Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970) American historian.
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To the reactionary ear every whispered criticism of the elite classes has always sounded like the opening shot of an uprising.
If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea.
Intellectualism, though by no means confined to doubters, is often the sole piety of the skeptic.
The intellectual is engage-he is pledged, committed, enlisted. What everyone else is willing to admit, namely that ideas and abstractions are of signal importance in human life, he imperatively feels.
We have learned so well how to absorb novelty that receptivity itself has turned into a kind of tradition- "the tradition of the new." Yesterdays avant-garde experiment is today's chic and tomorrows cliche.
To be sick and helpless is a humiliating experience. Prolonged illness also carries the hazard of narcissistic self-absorption.
As with the pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of truth is itself gratifying whereas the consummation often turns out to be elusive.
Is there some principle of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
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