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Johan Huizinga Quotes

Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order.
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All play means something.

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The eternal gulf between being and idea can only be bridged by the rainbow of imagination.

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The outlaw, the revolutionary, the cabbalist or member of a secret society, indeed heretics of all kinds are of a highly associative if not sociable disposition, and a certain element of play is prominent in all their doings.

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History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us.

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Culture arises and unfolds in and as play ... culture itself bears the character of play.

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What the study of history and artistic creation have in common is a mode of forming images.

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Under weak government, in a wide, thinly populated country, in the struggle against the raw natural environment and with the freeplay of economic forces, unified social groups become the transmitters of culture.

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Whatever our creed or belief, we all know that there is no way back, that we must fight our way through.

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When the world was half a thousand years younger all events had much sharper outlines than now. The distance between sadness and joy, between good and bad fortune, seemed to be much greater than for us; every experience had that degree of directness and absoluteness which joy and sadness still have in the mind of a child

— Johan Huizinga

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