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A. Bartlett Giamatti Quotes

Angelo Bartlett "Bart" Giamatti was an American professor of English Renaissance literature, the president of Yale University, and the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball. 
Born: 4 April 1938, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1 September 1989, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, United States
Spouse: Toni Marilyn Giamatti (m. 1960–1989)
Children: Paul Giamatti, Marcus Giamatti, Elena Giamatti

Quote:I'm the world's expert on sterotypes held by academics about athletes and held by athletes about academics. To me, both of them are caricatures.
Quote:It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in 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.
Quote:To go from Yale to the National League is simply to go from one form of management to another.
 
Quote:Baseball is about homecoming. It is a journey by theft and strength, guile and speed, out around first to the far island of second, where foes lurk in the reefs and the green sea suddenly grows deeper, then to turn sharply, skimming the shallows, making for a shore that will show a friendly face, a color, a familiar language and, at third, to proceed, no longer by paths indirect but straight, to home.
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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.
Quote:All play aspires to the condition of paradise...through play in all its forms...we hope to achieve a state that our larger Greco-Roman, Judeo- Christian culture has always known was lost. Where it exists, we do not know, although we always have envisioned it as a garden...always as removed, as an enclosed green place...Paradise is an ancient dream...It is a dream of ourselves as better than we are, back to what we were.
Quote: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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Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the Gods.
Quote: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.
Quote:Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
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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.
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For me, baseball is the most nourishing game outside of literature. They both are re-tellings of human experience.
Quote:The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is a sad end if a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement.
 
Quote:No one man is superior to the game.
Quote:You count on it, you rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then, just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
 
Quote: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.
Quote:All I ever wanted to be president of was the American League.
Quote:It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table.
Quote:[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.
Quote:On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
 
Quote:A convention is a social pattern we have chosen to prefer over whatever the raw world simply proffers. It is a sign of the operation of the mind, drawing the assent of a sufficient number of other minds so that the agreement will be widely operative. A convention is not a custom; a custom is a habit in which a sufficient number acquiesce. A custom can appear as a convention, but it is really a lesser act, the result of passive acceptance rather than of the imposition of design. It is the difference between learning to live by the annual flooding of the river or by a calendar.
Quote:There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
Quote: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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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. If anthropologists and historians believe that, it is because they believe whatever they have been able to recover about what humankind told the gods humankind was doing. I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of eachother and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know.
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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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A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.
Quote: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.
Quote: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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Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process, where one rehearses constantly while acting, sits as a spectator at a play one directs, engages every part in order to keep the choices open and the shape alive for the student, so that the student may enter in, and begin to do what the teacher has done: make choices.
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Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.
Quote:Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else.
Quote:I'm not going to sit here now and say 'do this,' or 'do that.' But you must - must - expunge any vestige of racism.
Quote:Baseball has undergone and absorbed a whole set of dislocations.
Quote:Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else. Winning is important to any man's or woman's sense of satisfaction and well-being. Winning is not everything; but it is something powerful, indeed beautiful, in itself, something as necessary to the strong spirit as striving is necessary to the healthy character.
 
Quote:I think that the young people today feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to their brothers and sisters because of the sacrifices that most families make to send their children to college.
Quote:My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.
   
Quote:The people of America care about baseball, not about your squalid little squabbles. Reassume your dignity and remember that you (players during the 1981 strike) are the temporary custodians of an enduring public trust.
Quote:The university is our culture's assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.
Quote:Some of my academic friends think Ive fallen from a very special grace.
Quote:People will say I'm an idealist. I hope so.
Quote:We have an obligation to spread amateur baseball both at home and abroad. Building up the game at all levels - Little League, Babe Ruth Leagues, the colleges - is in our own self-interest. That's where the pool of talent is - and also of fans.
  


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