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Quotations About / On: HISTORY

  • 11.
    Universal history is the history of a few metaphors.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. (Essay first published 1951). "Pascal's Sphere," Other Inquisitions (1960), trans. (1964).)
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  • 12.
    All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 13.
    History, a distillation of rumour.
    (Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, pt. 1, bk. 7, ch. 5 (1837).)
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  • 14.
    World history is tragic.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).)
  • 15.
    History should be written as philosophy.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letter, October 31, 1738.)
  • 16.
    That great dust-heap called "history."
    (Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), British essayist, politician. "Carlyle," Obiter Dicta, first series (1884).)
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  • 17.
    News is the first rough draft of history.
    (Philip L. Graham (1915-1963), U.S. newspaper publisher. Attributed. Also ascribed to Washington Post editor Ben C. Bradlee; but Bradlee himself, interviewed in Vanity Fair (New York, Sept. 1991), credited it to Graham, his former boss at the Post.)
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  • 18.
    The transcendental promises a vacation from history.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 19.
    History is a relay of revolutions.
    (Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), U.S. radical activist. "Of Means and Ends," Rules for Radicals (1971).)
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  • 20.
    The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. Paul, in "Imagagology," pt. 3, Immortality (1991). On the death of ideology.)
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