Monday, January 01, 2007

Quote of the Day, 1/01/07: History

My Lives in Letters post earlier got me thinking about history, which seemed a good enough theme as any while we turn the corner of a new year.
Benjamin Disraeli
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

David Ben Gurion
Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

E. L. Doctorow
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.

Henry Steele Commager
History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.

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