Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.
(Imre Lakatos (1922-1974), Hungarian philosopher of science. repr. Scientific Revolutions, pp. 107-127, ed. I. Hacking. "History of Science and its Rational Reconstructions," (1970).
Evocative, of course, of Kant: "Concepts without percepts are empty, percepts without concepts are blind." (Critique of Pure Reason, A 51/B 75).)
Negro history must be studied, not only because it is the history of over 19 millions, but American life as a whole cannot be understood without knowing it.
(Dorothy Allen Conley (b. 1904), African American teacher and advocate of African American studies. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Rebecca Batts Butler.
From a speech to the Gloucester County (New Jersey) Human Relations Council on October 25, 1966.)