Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.
Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
Schools are not intended to moralize a wicked world, but to impart knowledge and develop intelligence, with only two social aims in mind: prepare to take on one's share in the world's work, and perhaps in addition, lend a hand in improving society, after schooling is done.
The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
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.
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.
I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist.
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti.
The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art.
By the time I was 9, I had the conviction that everybody in the world was an artist except plumbers or people who delivered groceries.
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