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Random quote of the day:

“All over the world today, not just in the totalitarian countries, assiduous functionaries in Ministries of Truth are clubbing history dumb and rendering language insensible.”

—E. L. Doctorow, “Orwell’s 1984,” Jack London, Hemingway, and the Constitution

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Random quote of the day:

“History is merely a list of surprises….It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.”

—Kurt Vonnegut, Slapstick

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Random quote of the day:

“What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it, dull to the contemporary who reads it, invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.”

—Dame Ellen Terry, quoted in The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists, eds. Irene & Alan Taylor

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Random quote of the day:

“Although we human beings have our own personal life, we are yet in large measure the representatives, the victims and promoters of a collective spirit whose years are counted in centuries. We can well think all our lives long that we are following our own noses, and may never discover that we are, for the most part, supernumeraries on the stage of the world theater. There are factors which, although we do not know them, nevertheless influence our lives, and more so if they are unconscious.”

—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, tr. Richard and Clara Winston

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Random quote of the day:

“History is a mythical variant which we have chosen to take literally.”

—Patrick Harpur, The Philosophers’ Secret Fire

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“History, the past, is also an Otherworld which provides us with the myths of How It All Began.”

—Patrick Harpur, The Philosophers’ Secret Fire

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Random quote of the day:

 

“Traditional societies do not distinguish between myth and history in the way we do. Mythical events were not thought to have literally happened; yet in another sense they were true, as if they had….Conversely, historical events are always mythologized (the Trojan war, for example). It is as if what literally happened is less important than what metaphorically happened. But the two are combined to create what ‘really’ happened.”

—Patrick Harpur, The Philosophers’ Secret Fire

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Random quote of the day:

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

—George Eliot, Middlemarch

(Thanks to sartorias for this quote.)

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Random quote of the day:

 

“I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.”

—Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, March 23, 1775

 


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Random quote of the day:

 

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.  History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

—David McCullough

 

 

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