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Jacques Martin Barzun

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

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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