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Henry David Thoreau :
Consider what stuff history is made of,—that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity. Who will tell us even how many Russians were engaged in the battle of Chernaya, the other day? Yet, no doubt, Mr. Scriblerus, the historian, will fix on a definite number for the schoolboys to commit to their excellent memories. What, then, of the number of Persians at Salamis? The historian whom I read knew as much about the position of the parties and their tactics in the last-mentioned affair as they who describe a recent battle in an article for the press nowadays before the particulars have arrived. I believe that, if I were to live the life of mankind over again myself (which I would not be hired to do), with the Universal History in my hands, I should not be able to tell what was what.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 250, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
There is properly no history, only biography.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays, "History," First Series (1841). Thomas Carlyle similarly wrote, in his journal Jan. 13, 1832, "Biography is the only true history."]
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Robert Frost :
A turning point in modern history.
[Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration."]
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Henry David Thoreau :
The book has never been written which is to be accepted without any allowance.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 74, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
Charles Baudelaire :
Everything for me becomes allegory.
[Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Flowers of Evil, "The Swan," (1860).]
Henry David Thoreau :
Indeed, the Englishman's history of New England commences only when it ceases to be New France.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 232, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe :
Patriotism ruins history.
[Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (July, 1817).]
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George Santayana :
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
[George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1920. Character and Opinion in the United States, ch. 1, Doubleday Anchor (1956).]
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Walt Whitman :
As soon as histories are properly told there is no more need of romances.
[Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. Leaves of Grass, preface (1855).]
Abraham Lincoln :
Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history.
[Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).]
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