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The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Martin Luther King Jr
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving - as if it were an individual person - its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.
If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
C S Lewis
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
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