What is History? Part 37

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It is said, and it is very true, that the moment when vice becomes the custom marks the death of a republic, for the dissolute persons cease to be regarded as loathsome, and all baseness becomes normal. —Arturo Perez-Reverte

“Hell” ain’t cussin’, it’s geography. —Harry Carey, Jr. in Wagon Master

History has the cruel reality of a nightmare, and the grandeur of man consists in his making beautiful and lasting works out of the real substance of that nightmare. —Octavio Paz

We are living on the margin because there is no longer any center. —Octavio Paz

The real is just as magical as the magical is real. —Novalis

It is sobering to think that only the Republican Party and talk radio appear to stand between the Obama administratioin and its agenda. —Chilton Williamson

Every people must answer morally for all its past—including the past which is shameful. —Solzhenitsyn

The visible contains all the signs that lead to the invisible. —Ernst Jünger

The art of war boils down to seeing the other side of the hill. —Wellington

All young people have to make the trip over fool’s hill. —Ferrol Sams

The prudent man will ascertain where power really lies, in order to use those who have it and to spurn those who have it not. —Baltasar Gracián

An immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures. . . . Maintenance of the national credit by a federal budget annually balanced . . . . A sound currency to be maintained at all hazards. —Democratic Party platform, 1932

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