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Quotations about history

Thomas Sowell – What history is and what it isn’t

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Thomas SowellHistory is what happened, not what we wish had happened or what a theory says should have happened. One of the reasons for the great value of history is that it allows us to check our current beliefs against hard facts from around the world and across the centuries. But history cannot be a reality check for today’s fashionable visions when history is itself shaped by those visions. When that happens, we are sealing ourselves up in a closed world of assumptions.

Thomas Sowell   (1930-)
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Aristotle – Earth change over immense period of time

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AristotleBut the whole vital process of the Earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

John Muir – Nature records all

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John MuirNothing goes unrecorded. Every word of leaf and snowflake and particle of dew . . . as well as earthquake and avalanche, is written down in Nature’s book.

John Muir   (1838-1914)

Edward Abbey – My loyalties will not be bound by borders

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Edward AbbeyMy loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation’s history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)

Owen Feltham – Cannot find a greater wonder than memory

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In all that belongs to man you cannot find a greater wonder than memory. What a treasury of all things! What a record! What a journal of all! As if provident Nature, because she would have man circumspect, had furnished him with an account-book, to carry always with him. Yet it neither burdens nor takes up room.

Owen Feltham