What Is History? Part 19

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The fact is that New England has been so busy writing history that it hasn’t had time to make it,  while the South has been so busy making history that it hasn’t had time to write it.  —Henry Tucker Graham

Never attribute to malice what is more obviously due to stupidity or sloth.  —Oscar Handlin

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.  —Francis Bacon

Past epochs never vanish completely, and blood still drips from all their wounds, even the most ancient.   —Octavio Paz

A historical event is not the sum of its component factors but an indissoluble reality.   —Octavio Paz

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent too.  Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it.  —Gore Vidal

It takes money to make money.   —Proverbial

In war, men are nothing; a man is everything.   —Napoleon

Empires crumble.  There are no exceptions.  —Oscar Wilde

If you can’t do it with one shot, don’t do it at all.  —H. Ryder Haggard

Did you know that hundreds of black people attended the funeral of General Bedford Forrest in Memphis but black people (and also Jews) were not allowed at Lincoln’s funeral in Springfield?   —Clyde Wilson

Nothing is so difficult as life, nor so strange.  —Mary Johnston

An American president can wreck his country and blow up the world, but he cannot recreate either of them.   —Chilton Williamson, Jr.

. . . if immigrationists truly believe that all American land today is rightly Indian land, then they should cease advocating immigration.  After all, more people coming here will increase the number of “thieves” who are stealing Indian land!   —John Vinson

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