Quotes by A. Bartlett Giamatti

A. Bartlett Giamatti

American professor and president of Yale University

Alive from: 1938-1989

Category: Politics

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    A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
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    All I ever wanted to be president of was the American League.
    Source: Book of Sports Quotes (1979) by Bert Sugar
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    Baseball breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
    Source: The Green Fields of the Mind, Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977
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    Baseball has the largest library of law and lore 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.
    Source: Sports Illustrated, 17 April 1989
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    Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.
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    No one man is superior to the game.
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    On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
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    Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building.
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    Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
    Source: The university and the public interest (1981 edition), Scribner
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    There are a lot of people who know me who can't understand for the life of them why I would got to work on something as unserious as baseball. If they only knew.
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    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.
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