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    All I ever wanted to be was president of the American League.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: american 
     
    This is not the first time in my life where you know going into a job that you're going to hear in stereo what was wrong with what you did.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: time  job  wrong 
     
    The university is our culture's assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: people  society 
     
    Baseball has undergone and absorbed a whole set of dislocations.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: baseball 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: belief  time  american 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: lessons  power  past 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: society  lust  right  mind 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: work  believe  gift 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: people  ideas  university 
     
    No one man is superior to the game.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: men  games 
     
    For me, baseball is the most nourishing game outside of literature. They both are re-tellings of human experience.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the Gods.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: god  baseball 
     
    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. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: heart  alone  summer  rain  games 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    All I ever wanted to be president of was the American League.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: american 
     
    On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: race  baseball 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: people  work  baseball 
     
    Some of my academic friends think Ive fallen from a very special grace.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: friends  grace 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    To go from Yale to the National League is simply to go from one form of management to another.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: management 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: world 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    As I grew up, I knew that as a building it was on the level of Mount Olympus, the Pyramid of Giza, the nation's capital, the czar's winter palace, and the Louvre - except, of course, that it was better than all of those inconsequential places.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: winter 
     
    The professionals must set a good example.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: example 
     
    I'm not going to sit here now and say 'do this,' or 'do that.' But you must - must - expunge any vestige of racism.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: racism 
     
    There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: bad  baseball 
     
    People will say I'm an idealist. I hope so.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: people  hope 
     
    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.
    — A. Bartlett Giamatti
    tags: time  memory  sky 
     
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