Posts Tagged ‘History’

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2017

John Maynard Keynes, on ideas

“Ideas shape the course of history.”

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Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 1

November 30, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on history (1963)

“There is an old saying that things don’t happen, they are made to happen. And we in our years have to make the same wise judgments about what policies will ensure us a growing prosperity as were made in the years before. The whole experience between two world wars, which were so tragic for this country, should tell us that we cannot leave it to mere chance and accident. It requires the long range judgment of all of us, the public judgment, not only the pursuit of our private interests but the public judgment of what it takes to keep 180 million people gradually rising. And anyone who thinks it can be done by accident and chance should look back on the history of 1919 to 1939 to know what can happen when we let natural forces operate completely freely.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 8

October 8, 2015

Peter Jennings, on journalism

“There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe. I don’t subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially—sorry it’s a cliche—a rough draft of history. Some days it’s reassuring, some days it’s absolutely destructive.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 3

September 3, 2015

Frank Borman, on Apollo 8’s flight to the moon

“This must be what God sees. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 29

March 29, 2014

Antonio Gramsci

“History is at once freedom and necessity.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 15

November 15, 2013

Cornelius Castoriadis, on history

“Either history is really governed by laws, and in that case a truly human activity is impossible, except perhaps in a technical sense; or human beings really make their own history, and then the task of theory will not be directed to discovering ‘laws,’ but to the elucidation of the conditions within which human activity unfolds.”

Quote of the day, June 20

September 20, 2013

George Saintsbury, on history

“Historians may lie, but history cannot.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 14

September 14, 2013

Conor Cruise O’Brien, on history

“Of history and its consequences it may be said: ‘Those who can, gloat; those who can’t, brood.'”

Quote of the day, Dec. 4

December 4, 2012

William Pfaff, on history (1989)

“The truth is that history constantly presents new problems in the guise of old.”