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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
I don't know much about history, and I wouldn't give a nickel for all the history in the world. History is more or less bunk. It is tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development
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.
The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man's being, unfolding itself in thought.
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.
There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.
Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history. And they will have to accept its verdict.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
David C McCullough
Blessing In Disguise
Things Happen For A Reason
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