What Is History? Part 21

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One good rule of thumb: if the state itself is claiming the banner of freedom . . . it is almost surely lying and should be watched more closely than ever.  —Anthony Gregory

Civilizations that get too far from the land are bound to decay.   —J.I. Rodale

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favourable presumption that they did not wrong.  If there is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases.  —Lord Acton

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.  There may even be a worse case.  You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.  —Churchill

Few countries or men are wise until after the fact. —Mary Johnston

If you want to get away from them [politicians], you’ll have to get away from human society.  There wouldn’t be any society without them.  It’s attempted every now and then. Some so-called reform movement made up of people who aren’t politicians sometimes wins an election.  Either they learn how to be politicians pretty quick, or they don’t last.  —James Gould Cozzens

. . . when we think of the past we regret and when we think of the future we fear.  And with reason.  But no bets are off. There is the present to think of, and as long as you live there always will be.  In the present, every day is a miracle.  —Cozzens

The ultimate results of shielding man from the effects of folly is to people the world with fools.   —Herbert Spencer

The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.   —George Washington

The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the long effects of any act or policy;  it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.  —Henry Hazlitt

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