In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
Old age is like learning a new profession. And not one of your own choosing.
The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one teaches a student how to learn it.
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
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
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.
When plugged in, the least elaborate computer can be relied on to work to the fullest extent of its capacity. The greatest mind cannot be relied on for the simplest thing; its variability is its superiority.
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.
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
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
The ever-present impulse is to push against restriction and, in so doing, to feel intolerably hemmed in. Thus in practice, every liberation increases the sense of oppression. Nor is the paradox merely in the mind: the laws enacted to secure the rights of every person and group, by creating protective boundaries, create new barriers.
On reflection, moral judgment in the arts appears rather as a tribute to their power to influence emotion and possibly conduct. And reflecting further on what some critics do today, one sees that a good many have merely shifted the ground of their moralism, transferring their impulse of righteousness to politics and social issues.