Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 13

January 13, 2018

Winston S. Churchill, on history

“Facts are better than dreams.”

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Quote of the day, Jan. 12

January 12, 2018

Eric Hoffer, on memory

“We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2017

Joseph Campbell, on starting over

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 13

December 15, 2017

Robert E. Lee, on war

“To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 7

December 7, 2017

Edith Hamilton, on the ancients

“I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them. Greece’s great men let all their acts turn on the immortality of the soul. We don’t really act as if we believed in the soul’s immortality and that’s why we are where we are today.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 3

December 3, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, on history

“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 27, 2017

Oliver Wendell Holmes, on power

“The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 21, 2017

William L. Shirer, from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

“A people who had so lightly given up their political and cultural and economic freedoms were not, except for a relatively few, going to die or even risk imprisonment to preserve freedom of worship.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 20

November 21, 2017

Thomas Carlyle, on narrative

“Narrative is linear, and action is solid.”

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 …”