What Is History? Part 32

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Who made the Law that men should die in meadows?
Who spake the word that blood should splash in lanes?
Who gave it forth that gardens should be bone-yards?
Who spread the hills with flesh, and blood, and brains?
Who made the Law?
British Sgt. Frederick Coulson, killed on the Western Front, Oct. 7, 1916

The instinct for Power is never about anything other than Power. It is not about Justice, Equality, Democracy, Freedom, Prosperity, Enlightenment, Progress. . . . It is about itself, and for itself alone.  —Chilton Williamson

. . . many intellectuals tend to be less talented than they imagine, and they tend to make less money than they think they deserve.  —Karen Kwiatowski

The true division among mankind is between those who can distinguish between what is true and just and their self-interest, and those who cannot.  —Unknown

Back to work, and let well enough alone, let sleeping dogs lie. Good principles.  —Robert Penn Warren

. . . the simplifications of historical definition may be delusions, always.  —R.P. Warren

. . . unhappily, there is nothing too ridiculous or too absurd to be believed, if demanded by the dominant spirit or sentiment of an age or country; for what is seen to be demanded by that spirit or sentiment never appears ridiculous or absurd to those who are under its influence.  —Orestes Brownson

Civilizations are founded, not on ethical societies, but on religions.  —Cleanth Brooks

                                              A people without history
Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern
Of timeless moments. So, while the light fails
On a winter’s afternoon, in a secluded chapel
History is now and England.
T.S. Eliot

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.  —H.L. Mencken

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