Thoughts About History

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July 3, 2006 by Joseph Krohn

  • The history of the world is the world’s court of justice.
  • What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.
  • Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
  • History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it — as with these — life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.
  • People always seemed to know half of history, and to get it confused with the other half.
  • Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
  • Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
  • One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
  • History will be kind to me for I intend to write it!
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