Jacques Barzun (1907 -)
Contributed by: sam
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game.
Source: quoted in The Joy of Sports, 1976
Contributed by: Zaady
Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
The educated man had throughout the ages found a way to covert passionate activity into silent and motionless pleasure. He can sit still in a room and not perish.
The test and use of a man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
To watch a football game is to be in a prolonged neurotic doubt as to what you're seeing. It's more like an emergency happening at a distance than a game. I don't wonder the spectators take to drink.
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