What Is History? Part 31

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Intelligence is international; stupidity is national; art is local. —Ezra Pound

The historian in particular is a camp-follower of the successful army. —David Donald

Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents personally. —Don Vito Corleone

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. —Will Durant

We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is. —Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes (a Republican)

Toil, Envy, the Patron, and the Gaol. —Samuel Johnson on the life of a Scholar

And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land . . . —Numbers 21:24

Big Business is a parasitic disease on capitalism which if not checked will necessarily be fatal. Small business is not only essential to a capitalist system, it is the capitalist system. —David Cushman Coyle (1936)

No country can be reformed by people who hate it—a fact which our left-wing intellectuals tend to miss. —Herbert Agar

It appears that Afghanistan will be the grave of yet another empire. —William Lind

There is a silly, sanguine notion that one Englishman can beat three Frenchmen, and this encourages, and has sometimes enabled, one Englishman, in reality, to beat two. —Lord Chesterfield

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. —Mary Chapin Carpenter

So here, while the mad guns curse overhead,
And tired men sigh with mud for couch and floor,
Know that we fools, now with the foolish dead,
Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor,
But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed,
And for the secret Scripture of the poor.
Lt. Tom Kettle, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, written four days before his death on the Western Front, Sept. 5, 1916

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