Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspirational Thursday

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

-          Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Volume III, p. 274.


The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato,—the only good belonging to him is under ground.

-          Sir Thomas Overbury, Characters


Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own.

-          Ovid, Metamorphoses, XIII. 140.


Papa Hegel he say that all we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. I know people who can't even learn from what happened this morning. Hegel must have been taking the long view.

-          John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (1968)


Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.

-          Cicero, M. Tulli Ciceronis Orator Ad M. Brutum (46 B.C.)


Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it's gossip with some point to it. That's why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

-          Gore Vidal, Interview in: Butt, Nr. 20, Special Summer 2007, S. 63.


If you don't know history, it's as if you were born yesterday. If you were born yesterday, then any leader can tell you anything.

-          Howard Zinn, War and Social Justice, speech at Binghamton University on 8 November 2008.

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