Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Quote of the day, Nov. 19

November 19, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, from the Gettysburg Address

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this …”

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Quote of the day, Nov. 12

November 12, 2017

Ulysses S. Grant, on battles

“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten then he who continues the attack wins.”

Quote of the day, July 4

July 4, 2017

Carl Schurz, on freedom

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.”

Quote of the day, June 14

June 17, 2017

David McCullough, on history 

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. “

Quote of the day, May 10

May 9, 2017

Walker Percy, on the U.S. Civil War (from “The American War”)

“The truth is, I think, that the whole country, South included, is just beginning to see the Civil War whole and entire for the first time. The thing was too big and too bloody, too full of suffering and hatred, too closely knit into the fabric of our meaning as a people, to be held off and looked at—until now. It is like a man walking away from a mountain. The bigger it is, the farther he’s got to go before he can see it. Then one day he looks back and there it is, this colossal thing lying across his past.”

Quote of the day, April 27

April 28, 2017

John Adams, on government

“A government of laws and not of men.”

Quote of the day, April 15

April 15, 2017

Bill Bryson, on history

“All the things that are part of your heritage make you British—that makes this country what it is. It’s part of your history. And here, unlike America, it’s still living history.”

Quote of the day, April 9

April 9, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press

“During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science, are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness, and to sap its safety; they might, indeed, have been corrected by the wholesome punishments reserved and provided by the laws of the several States against falsehood and defamation; but public duties more urgent press on the time of public servants, and the offenders have therefore been left to find their punishment in the public indignation.”

Quote of the day, March 28

March 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, from A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain (1956)

“Unlike the remainder of Western Europe, which still retains the imprint and tradition of Roman law and the Roman system of government, the English-speaking peoples had at the close of the period covered by this volume [699-1485] achieved a body of legal and what might also be called democratic principles which survived the upheavals and onslaught of the French and Spanish Empires. Parliament, trial by jury, local government run by local citizens, and even the beginnings of a free Press, may be discerned, at any rate in primitive form, by the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the American continent.”

Quote of the day, March 21

March 21, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, on writing

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”