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We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be, what do the words of the text mean in our time.
William J Brennan Jr
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.
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
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.
Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history. And they will have to accept its verdict.
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
As I speak to you today, government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics.
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Martin Luther King Jr
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