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Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience. Johan Huizinga#Act 63
Johan Huizinga#Act 63
These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution. Johan Huizinga#Faith 58
Johan Huizinga#Faith 58
Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture. Johan Huizinga#Appears 56
Johan Huizinga#Appears 56
History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated. Johan Huizinga#Anticipated 53
Johan Huizinga#Anticipated 53
Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America? Johan Huizinga#Funny 49
Johan Huizinga#Funny 49
An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions. In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved. Its general attitude is stoic. Johan Huizinga#attitude 47
Johan Huizinga#attitude 47
Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning. Johan Huizinga#Age 47
Johan Huizinga#Age 47
In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science. Johan Huizinga#Science 42
Johan Huizinga#Science 42
Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment. Johan Huizinga#Betterment 23
Johan Huizinga#Betterment 23
History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense by establishing strict causal connections. Johan Huizinga#Arranging 21
Johan Huizinga#Arranging 21
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