Johan Huizinga

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It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy
Immanuel Kant
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Johan Huizinga (December 7, 1872February 1, 1945) was a Dutch historian, and one of the founders of modern cultural history.


  • The awareness of the all-surpassing importance of social groups is now general property in America.
    • Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972)
  • Educators are aware that they can reach the youth only by making use of gang spirit and guiding it, not by working against it.
    • Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972)

In the Shadow of Tomorrow (1936)

  • Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment.
    • Ch. 2
  • 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.
    • Ch. 11
  • History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated.
    • Ch. 20

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