A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.
Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That's why we get into trouble all the time. We're always viewed as naive.
Baseball has the largest library of law and love and custom and ritual, and therefore, in a nation that fundamentally believes it is a nation under law, well, baseball is America's most privileged version of the level field.
If a family is an expression of continuity through biology, a city is an expression of continuity through will amd imagination- through mental choices making artifice, not through physical reproduction.
No one man is superior to the game.
On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
Romance is about putting things aright after some tragedy has put them asunder. It is about restoration of the right relations among things- and going home is where that restoration occurs because that is where it matters most.
Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
The gods have fled, I know. My sense is the gods have always been essentially absent. I do not believe human beings have played games or sports from the beginning merely to summon or to please or to appease the gods.
The professionals must set a good example.
The university is our culture's assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.
There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.
There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
To go from Yale to the National League is simply to go from one form of management to another.
Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they're here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.
Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else.
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