What Is History? Part 15

These theories are interesting and valuable, although it is possible to stray too far along the road of geographical determinism.    —John Davies

A socialist firebrand could rapidly become a jingoistic warmonger. . . .    —John Davies

[T]he sole problem of our ruling class is whether to coerce or bribe the powerless majority.   —Gore Vidal

We cannot maintain an empire in the Orient and a republic in America.   —Mark Twain

Remember that all law and individual rights give way to military power when that power is strong enough to enforce its will.  —Orval E. Faubus

Civilisation is more than an abstraction.  It must have a local habitation and a name.   —Saunders Lewis (Welsh nationalist leader)

. . . between 1939 and 1945, Britain and its allies were engaged  in that rare phenomenon, a just war.  —A.J.P. Taylor

Laws are a necessity.  Laws are made by the strongest and they must and shall be obeyed.   —Brooks Adams of the Massachusetts Adamses

We have a single system, and in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses.  —Henry Adams of the Massachusetts Adamses

You may not be interested in ideology, but ideology is interested in you.  —Sebastian (chroniclesmagazine.org commenter)

The government—any government, come to that, may regard themselves a statesmen or cabinet ministers, but deep down in their cowering hearts they know full well that they are only jumped-up politicians strutting their brief hour upon the stage.  And in their little egoistic political minds they are concerned, with rare exceptions . . . only with security of tenure, the trappings of office, and the exercise of power.  Their egoes are their existence, and if you destroy their egoes you destroy their existence . . .  —Alistair MacLean

He would, wouldn’t he.   —Mandy Rice-Davies

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