What is History? Part 33

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I was born and raised in the North. I didn’t like their Yankee culture when I was there, and I like it even less the more time I spend in the South. —Al Benson, Copperhead Chronicles

There is such a thing as imperial fatigue, and servitude seems a light burden after the exhausting weight of power. —Octavio Paz

“Civil society” has almost completely disappeared: nothing and no one exists outside the state. —Octavio Paz

For most Republicans nonextension [of slavery] was more an economic policy designed to secure Northern domination of Western lands than the initial step in a broad plan to end slavery. —Marc Egnal

. . . I was taught a useful lesson about how appearances trump truth, and how villains hide their vices behind masks of piety, honor, and decency. And that to denounce evildoers without proof, attack them without weapons, trust blindly in reason or justice, is often the fastest road toward one’s own perdition, while the scoundrels who use influence or money as a shield remain untouched. —Arturo Perez-Reverte

. . . there is nothing more despicable or more dangerous than the malevolent individual who goes to sleep every night with a clear conscience. —Perez-Reverte

. . . virtue, if not entirely its own reward, would certainly speak for itself . . . —Allan Mallinson

It is the everlasting privilege of the foolish to be governed by the wise…. Heaven’s laws are not repealable by earth, however earth may try. —Thomas Carlyle

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life. —Oscar Wilde

Our defeats are less a product of what our enemy does to us than what we do to ourselves. —William S. Lind

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. —William Jennings Bryan

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